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The purpose of the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice is to provide a program of study to help students understand domestic and international politics and law enforcement theory and practice, preparing students for informed and active participation in the political arena and in criminal justice careers.
B.S./B.A. in Political Science Degree Details
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Political Science (B.S.)
International Relations and Comparative Politics (B.A.)
University Requirements: 56 credit hours + Major Requirements: 45-46 credit hours (Choice of 2 tracks) + Electives: 26-27 credit hours = Total Required: 128 credit hours*
*Based on track selection
American Political Thought
International Law and Organizations
Peace, Power and Politics
Political Science and Criminal Justice
Early Bird: Nov. 1
Regular: Feb. 1
National Candidates: May 1
Bachelor of Science / Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
Passionate about politics? Interested in criminal justice? Earning a bachelor’s degree in political science will give you an understanding of political ideas and processes from local to global governments and institutions. You will also develop strong writing, research and analytical skills, which are attractive traits to employers in all industries.
Alumni of ACU’s Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice serve a variety of roles in federal and state agencies, and as district court judges, city managers, political science professors at major universities, legislative assistants in the U.S. Congress, partners in major law firms, and also in elective office at the local, state and federal level.
Political science students can take part in a number of co-curricular opportunities, including:
- Internships at all levels of the government
- Jack Pope Fellows Program
- International Justice Missions
- Various political student groups
- Wishing Well (service program)
- Phi Eta Sigma honor society for freshman majors
The bachelor’s degree in political science offers a wide range of exciting careers, including:
- Policy analyst
- Political correspondent
- Public affairs research analyst
- State legislator
- Urban policy planner
- Polling analyst
- Campaign staff