Jun 22, 2024  
2023 Undergraduate Catalog 1.1 (WINTER-SPRING) 
2023 Undergraduate Catalog 1.1 (WINTER-SPRING) [ARCHIVED CATALOG - Consult with Your Academic Advisor for Your Catalog Year]

Political Science (B.A.) - Hegis Code 2207.00

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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 University’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

Core/General Education: 34 - 55 Credit Hours

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

Effective for the 2022-2023 academic year, Utica University has implemented a new general education program that replaces Core. Students who are admitted, or readmitted, for the 2022- 2023 academic year or later must follow the requirements of the General Education program. Students admitted prior to the 2022-2023 academic year must follow the requirements of the Core program. For full details of program requirements, see the catalog pages for the Core program and the General Education program. Students with specific questions should consult with their academic adviser or success coach.

13 Credit Hours


*It is recommended that majors also take ECN 141 - Principles of Macroeconomics (3)  as part of Gen Ed..

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/General Education 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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