Jul 13, 2024  
2021 Undergraduate Catalog 1.2 (SUMMER-FALL) 
2021 Undergraduate Catalog 1.2 (SUMMER-FALL) [ARCHIVED CATALOG - Consult with Your Academic Advisor for Your Catalog Year]

Political Science (B.A.) - Hegis Code 2207

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(Bachelor of Arts Degree)

The Political Science program enables students to gain a comprehensive understanding of the principles, processes, and structures of power and authority through richly interactive classroom learning, research, and real-world experiences. The program focuses on the development of knowledge and skills that are highly valuable for the globalized world with an in-depth study of authority, diversity, leadership, conflict resolution, and collective mobilization.

This mission fits with Utica College’s mission of educating students for rewarding careers, responsible citizenship, enlightened leadership, and integrating liberal and professional study. The department’s values reflect the college’s values, particularly in regard to:

  • Individual attention for our students
  • Pragmatic approaches to teaching and learning
  • Continual improvement in our educational and operational quality
  • Diversity of perspective, background, and experience in an increasingly global society
  • Community and professional service
  • Ethical behavior and integrity in all that we do
  • Freedom of expression and the open sharing of ideas and creativity
  • Open, honest, and collegial communication
  • The well-being of others

Total credit hours required for degree: 120

Learning Objectives

Students who complete the B.A. will

  • Identify, define, explain, and analyze the theoretical and practical workings of American government;
  • Identify, define, explain, and analyze the theoretical and practical workings of international relations and politics;
  • Interpret, describe, compare, and analyze various forms of political behavior;
  • Illustrate, hypothesize, and evaluate various political perspectives and arguments;
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of public service and civic responsibility.  

Academic Requirements

See Core  section of this catalog.

Core: 34 - 55 Credit Hours

(Note: Some major concentration requirements have prerequisites which also can be taken to satisfy core. See your advisor.)

3 Credit Hours


  • Majors will take seven (7) elective courses, a minimum of two courses, in each of the subfields (21)
    • American Government and Politics (2)
    • Law (2)
    • International and Comparative Politics (2)

*Note: All majors must take at least 18 credits at or above the 300-level.

Internships (3-15 credits)

All majors take an internship appropriate to their academic and/or career interests.

Students must maintain an overall GPA of 2.75, have no grade less than 2.0 in required courses, and receive a favorable recommendation from their academic advisor in order to partake in an internship. Students whose grades fall below this level, or who receive unfavorable recommendations, must take at least one 3 credit course at the 300-level or higher.


The student must complete sufficient elective courses to earn at least the minimum credit hours required for this degree, and at least 90 credit hours of the 120 required must be in the liberal arts and sciences.

Program Credits

Core 34-55 Credits
Major Course Requirements 40-52 Credits
College Electives 13-46 Credits
Total Credit Hours Required For Degree 120 Credits


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