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Political Science

Political Science
Bachelor of Science
AT A GLANCE
  • 120 credits
  • Transfer up to 90 credits
  • All courses available online
  • Select hybrid courses available
TUITION
  • $312 per credit (in-state)
  • $499 per credit (out-of-state)
  • $250 per credit (military)
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Analyze complex political problems and find viable solutions in public and private sectors.

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.

Total Credits Required: 120

Required Major Courses: 30 Credits

  • (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)

General Education Courses: 41 Credits

Review the options available to fulfill the 41 credits of general education coursework for bachelor's degrees.

Minor and Elective Courses: 49 Credits

Review a list of available academic minors or see the course catalog or Schedule of Classes to help you select elective courses.

Sequence Course Requirement(s) Fulfilled
1 (1 Credit, LIBS 150) General Education: Research & Computing Literacy
2 (3 Credits, PACE 111C) General Education: Research & Computing Literacy
3 (3 Credits, WRTG 111) General Education: Communication
4 CMST 111 General Education: Research & Computing Literacy
5 (3 Credits, NUTR 100) General Education: Biological & Physical Sciences
6 (3 Credits, GVPT 100) Major
7 (3 Credits, SPCH 100) General Education: Communication
8 (3 Credits, MATH 105) General Education: Math
9 (3 Credits, WRTG 112) General Education: Communication
10 (3 Credits, GVPT 101) Major
11 (3 Credits, HUMN 100) General Education: Arts & Humanities
12 (4 Credits, BIOL 103) General Education: Biological & Physical Sciences
13 (3 Credits, BEHS 103) General Education: Behavioral & Social Sciences
14 (3 Credits, HIST 125) General Education: Arts & Humanities
15 3-credit elective course Elective
16 (3 Credits, ECON 103) General Education: Behavioral & Social Sciences
17 (3 Credits, GVPT 170) Major
18 3-credit elective course Elective
19 (3 Credits, GVPT 280) Major
20 3-credit elective course Elective
21 (3 Credits, GVPT 306) Major
22 3-credit elective course Elective
23 3-credit elective course Elective
24 (3 Credits, WRTG 391) General Education: Communication
25 3-credit elective course Elective
26 (3 Credits, GVPT 409) Major
27 3-credit elective course Elective
28 3-credit elective course Elective
29 (3 Credits, GVPT 403) Major
30 3-credit elective course Elective
31 3-credit elective course Elective
32 (3 Credits, GVPT 406) Major
33 3-credit elective course Elective
34 3-credit elective course Elective
35 (3 Credits, GVPT 457) Major
36 3-credit elective course Elective
37 3-credit elective course Elective
38 3-credit elective course Elective
39 3-credit elective course Elective
40 (3 Credits, GVPT 495) Major
41 1-credit elective course Elective
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These requirements are for students who enroll in the 2022–2023 academic year. For prior year requirements, visit our catalog archive.

Bachelor’s Degree Requirements

In addition to the specific course requirements outlined on each bachelor’s degree webpage, UMGC maintains certain requirements for all bachelor’s degrees.

Program Highlights

Develop skills and gain knowledge through coursework that draws from the expertise and experience of our respected faculty.

Industry Snapshot

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.

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