Dec 10, 2023  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Bulletin

Political Science, B.A.

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Learning Outcomes

By the time students have finished their three introductory 2000-level courses, they will have competency in at least one of the three Learning Outcome rubrics listed under each subfield.

  • Students will achieve both Program Learning Outcomes in any subfield in which they have taken one or more 3000 to 4000-level courses and/or have completed the Senior Project.

Students from the American politics subfield will be able to:

  • Explain current political and governmental structures and/or processes in the United States.
  • Critically analyze the social, cultural, and ideological development of American political ideas and/or institutions.

Students from the international studies subfield will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of politics, institutions, culture and governance issues within and among states, regional, international and transnational actors.
  • For International Relations courses: Analyze the historical development and patterns of interaction among the above actors and evaluate the structural, ideological, social, economic, and political factors that shape those interactions.
  • For Comparative Politics courses: Comprehensively synthesize in comparative context the political structures, institutions, governing processes, and cultures of a diverse selection of developed and developing countries.

Students from the political and legal theory subfield will be able to:

  • Explain the great political thinkers and arguments that have shaped the development of political life in the West for over 2500 years.
  • Critically analyze contemporary arguments about recurrently contested political ideas, such as equality, liberty, virtue, tolerance, and justice.

Tulsa Curriculum and First Year Experience (51-53 hours)

Core Curriculum and First Year Experience (26-28 hours)

General Curriculum (25 hours)

  • Block I Aesthetic Inquiry and Creative Experience (6 hours)
  • Block II Historical and Social Interpretation (12 hours)
  • Block III Scientific Investigation (7 hours including one lab)

Political Science Major Requirements (30 hours)

Lower Division Requirement (9 hours)

The lower division requirement is three 2000 level courses, one in each subfield:

International Studies

  • Any 2000 level international studies course

Upper Division Requirement (21 hours)

The upper division requirement is seven 3000-4000 level courses. This must include at least one course from each of the three subfields:  American Politics , International Studies , and Political and Legal Theory .

The capstone to the major is the Senior Project (a Core Curriculum requirement).

Required Minor (12 hours)

Some minors require more than 12 hours.

General Electives (25-27 hours)

Total: 120 hours


Advanced Placement credits (or similar, such as International Baccalaureate credits) are not accepted for the major requirements in political science.

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