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American Government & Political Processes
Undergraduate Certificate

These program requirements are for students who enroll in the 2022-2023 academic year.


The certificate program in American government and political processes at University of Maryland Global Campus provides an in-depth study and analysis of the U.S. government, including its history, structure, and political culture. In this program, you’ll analyze the vertical and horizontal structure of the American government and its federal and republican foundations. You’ll examine the three federal branches, bureaucracies, and the state governments in the context of the development of the American political system and its impact on the political landscape. In addition, the program compares American government and political economy to those of other nations for a comprehensive overview of political forces.

Program Highlights
Required Courses

  • (3 Credits, GVPT 170)

  • (3 Credits, GVPT 280)

  • (3 Credits, GVPT 306)

  • (3 Credits, GVPT 444)

  • (3 Credits, GVPT 457)

  • (3 Credits, GVPT 475)
Career Preparation
Experience Recommended for Success in the Program

No previous experience is needed.

Total Program Credits
18
Transfer Credits
Up to 9
Format
  • All courses available online
  • Select hybrid courses available
Tuition Per Credit
  • $312 per credit (in-state)
  • $499 per credit (out-of-state)
  • $250 per credit (military)
  • Other fees may apply
Admission Requirements

This program follows standard UMGC admission requirements.

Military-Specific Details

This program does not have military restrictions. It is available to all eligible civilian and military-affiliated students.

State-Specific Details

This program does not have state-specific restrictions.

 

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Political Science
Bachelor of Science

These program requirements are for students who enroll in the 2022-2023 academic year.


With an online bachelor’s degree in political science from UMGC, you’ll develop a comprehensive understanding of U.S. and global politics. In this program, you’ll analyze political structures and theory, learn to interpret complex political problems in both the public and private sectors, and propose potential solutions. The curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars.

Program Highlights
  • Develop research: Use effective research and coalition-building skills to influence policy.
  • Present relative data: Choose a policy-oriented organization and research an issue to present.
  • Gain hands-on experience: Produce a white paper to assist governments or corporations in assessing risks.
  • Evaluate processes: Conduct, analyze, and evaluate theoretical and empirical research.
  • Research political ethics: Apply knowledge of ethical principles and issues to public policy and politics.
  • Analyze political structures: Analyze political structures and theory and learn to interpret complex political problems.
Required Courses

  • (3 Credits, GVPT 100)

  • (3 Credits, GVPT 101)

  • (3 Credits, GVPT 170) or
    (3 Credits, GVPT 200)

  • (3 Credits, GVPT 210)

  • (3 Credits, GVPT 280)

  • (3 Credits, GVPT 306)

  • (3 Credits, GVPT 403) or any upper-level GVPT course

  • (3 Credits, GVPT 406)

  • (3 Credits, GVPT 457) or any upper-level GVPT course

  • (3 Credits, GVPT 495)
Career Preparation

This program is designed to help you prepare for graduate study or careers in areas such as policy development for think tanks, research at intelligence agencies, and political campaign management, as well as other work with local and state governments or nonprofit organizations.

Experience Recommended for Success in the Program

No previous experience is needed.

Total Program Credits
120
Transfer Credits
Up to 90
Format
  • All courses available online
  • Select hybrid courses available
Tuition Per Credit
  • $312 per credit (in-state)
  • $499 per credit (out-of-state)
  • $250 per credit (military)
  • Other fees may apply
Admission Requirements

This program follows standard UMGC admission requirements.

Military-Specific Details

This program does not have military restrictions. It is available to all eligible civilian and military-affiliated students.

State-Specific Details

This program does not have state-specific restrictions.

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Social Science
Bachelor of Science

These program requirements are for students who enroll in the 2022-2023 academic year.


With an online bachelor’s degree in social science from University of Maryland Global Campus, you'll gain perspectives from the fields of anthropology, the behavioral sciences, gerontology, psychology, and sociology. You'll also have the opportunity to drill down and focus on one of these fields to advance your professional experience. The curriculum, designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars, combines theories with real-world applications and practical skills.

Program Highlights
  • Analyze data: Analyze how quantitative and qualitative methods are used in social science research.
  • Communicate concepts: Communicate social science concepts and research findings to a variety of audiences.
  • Study communities: Examine how micro and macro-level factors are linked in the lives of individuals and communities.
  • Analyze complex issues: Analyze complex social issues using theoretical approaches, critical thinking skills, and technology.
  • Evaluate research: Evaluate social science research using ethical principles and standards for professional conduct.
  • Examine real problems: Apply concepts of diversity and global multicultural perspectives to examine practical problems.
Required Courses
  • 6 credits of introductory (100-level) social science coursework, chosen from the following:

    • (3 Credits, ANTH 102)

    • (3 Credits, GERO 100)

    • (3 Credits, PSYC 100)

    • (3 Credits, SOCY 100)

  • (3 Credits, BEHS 210)

  • (3 Credits, BEHS 220) or
    (3 Credits, BEHS 250)

  • (3 Credits, BEHS 300)

  • (3 Credits, BEHS 495)
  • Upper-level ANTH, BEHS, GERO, PSYC, or SOCY courses (12 credits): Focused study in anthropology, gerontology, psychology, or sociology recommended

Related Required Course

The following may be applied to general education or elective requirements:


  • (3 Credits, STAT 200)

Degree Focus

To align with the 12-credit upper-level requirement listed above, we recommend you choose from one of the following groups of classes below to align with your career interests:

Anthropology Focus


  • (3 Credits, ANTH 345)

  • (3 Credits, ANTH 346)

  • (3 Credits, ANTH 350)

  • (3 Credits, ANTH 351)

Gerontology Focus


  • (3 Credits, GERO 302)

  • (3 Credits, GERO 311)

  • (3 Credits, GERO 427)

  • (3 Credits, GERO 320)

Psychology Focus


  • (3 Credits, PSYC 321)

  • (3 Credits, PSYC 338)

  • (3 Credits, PSYC 351)

  • (3 Credits, PSYC 354)

Sociology Focus


  • (3 Credits, SOCY 313)

  • (3 Credits, SOCY 325)

  • (3 Credits, SOCY 423)

  • (3 Credits, SOCY 350)
Career Preparation

This program is designed to help prepare you for careers in policy analysis, research, program development, and management in fields that include business administration, elder care, government, health services, law enforcement, human resources, and community service.

Experience Recommended for Success in the Program

No previous experience is needed.

Total Program Credits
120
Transfer Credits
Up to 90
Format
  • All courses available online
  • Select hybrid courses available
Tuition Per Credit
  • $312 per credit (in-state)
  • $499 per credit (out-of-state)
  • $250 per credit (military)
  • Other fees may apply
Admission Requirements

This program follows standard UMGC admission requirements.

Military-Specific Details

This program does not have military restrictions. It is available to all eligible civilian and military-affiliated students.

State-Specific Details

This program does not have state-specific restrictions.

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