(Bachelor of Arts Degree)
Government and politics studies the processes, principles, and structure of power and authority. Governmental and legal systems and informal political structures and their relationship to various cultures are examined. Decision-making and the way in which society chooses social goals and allocates its resources are studied. This major is designed to meet the needs of those whose field of interest is government and politics and those who want a career as a social science teacher at the secondary school level or as an elementary school teacher. It is an appropriate major for careers in government service, law, and other positions which require an understanding of governmental policy and procedure.
Students considering public school teaching as a career should refer to the programs in education, listed alphabetically in this section of the catalog.
Total credit hours required for degree: 120
Students will demonstrate:
- an understanding of the theoretical and practical workings of American government, international relations, and comparative politics.
- the ability to collect, analyze, and critique information.
- the ability to understand and accommodate diverse political ideas.
- the ability to formulate effective written and oral arguments.
- an appreciation of civic responsibility through practical experience.