B.S./B.A. in Political
Science

ACU’s political science programs offer courses that are both challenging and rewarding. The Bachelor of Science in Political Science or Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Comparative Politics provide a foundation for careers in domestic or international government service, criminal justice, business, journalism and education – and for entry into law school.

ACU’s political science programs offer courses that are both challenging and rewarding. The Bachelor of Science in Political Science or Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Comparative Politics provide a foundation for careers in domestic or international government service, criminal justice, business, journalism and education – and for entry into law school.

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Mission

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.

Program Structure

B.S./B.A. in Political Science Degree Details

These are the important details you will need to keep in mind as you prepare your application and degree plan.

Tracks

Political Science (B.S.)

International Relations and Comparative Politics (B.A.)

Required Hours

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

Example Coursework

American Political Thought

International Law and Organizations 

Peace, Power and Politics

Public Administration

Minor Available

Yes

Department

Political Science and Criminal Justice

Application Deadlines

Early Bird: Nov. 1 

Regular: Feb. 1 

National Candidates: May 1

Curriculum

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.

Our Alumni

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.

Experiential Learning

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

Careers

The bachelor’s degree in political science offers a wide range of exciting careers, including: 

  • Policy analyst
  • Mediator
  • Lobbyist
  • Political correspondent
  • Public affairs research analyst
  • State legislator
  • Urban policy planner
  • Polling analyst
  • Politician
  • Campaign staff