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Political Science, BLS

Offered in: CHICAGO

Political science deals with how we reach the collective decisions that shape our common fate. Political scientists study topics such as the exercise of power and influence; sources and resolution of conflicts; the relationship of politics to the economy, culture, and other aspects of society; the adoption and implementation of public policies; and the development of political systems. These topics are studied at all levels, from local communities to the global community. The scope of the discipline is suggested by the four main subfields that make up the undergraduate curriculum: U.S. politics, comparative politics, international relations, and political theory.

Roosevelt University is ideally located for studying political science, as students study politics in one of the country’s most dynamic metropolitan areas. Government is the area’s largest employer and Chicago is home to a large number of political offices, social action groups, and political consultants.

Students planning to pursue graduate study in political science are encouraged to discuss with their advisors appropriate courses of study in languages and statistics.


All courses in the major must be completed with a C- or higher; Political Science students are encouraged to take ECON 101 and ECON 102.

  POS 101 Introduction to U.S. Politics .....3
  POS 102 Introduction to Comparative Politics .....3
  POS 103 Introduction to International Relations .....3
  POS 104 Introduction to Political Theory .....3


  Seven political science electives, at least five at the 300 level .....21
Functional Area or Minor
  Related courses in a discipline or interdisciplinary area selected in consultation with an advisor .....18

Core Curriculum

BLS degrees replace traditional general education courses and electives with an innovative Core Curriculum, consisting of interdisciplinary seminars and a Senior Thesis research project. These seminars, designed for adult students, reduce the time required to complete degree requirements. Courses in the BLS core are designated with the PLS prefix (Professional and Liberal Studies). The BLS Core Curriculum includes:

Introductory Seminars

  MATH 095 Developmental Mathematics .....
  MATH 110 Quantitative Reasoning or PLS 290 (see below) .....3
  PLS 201 Pro-Seminar in Critical Skills (for students with <60h of transfer credit) - OR PLS 302 (see below) .....6
  PLS 290 Seminar in Technological and Quantitative Literacy -OR- Math 110 Quantitative Reasoning .....3
  PLS 302 Methods of Critical Reasoning (for students with >60h transfer credit or AA/AS degree) .....3

Senior Seminars

  PLS 390 Seminar in the Social Sciences .....6
  PLS 391 Seminar in the Natural Sciences .....6
  PLS 392 Seminar in the Humanities .....6
  PLS 399 Senior Thesis .....3

University Writing Requirement

  Roosevelt University Assessment placement test to determine if additional courses are required .....
  ENG 101 Introduction to Composition .....3
  ENG 102 Argument, Analysis, Research .....3

Senior Seminars

* Students may waive one PLS Senior Seminar with nine semester hours of appropriate transferable credit with at least a 2.0 average in a single seminar area; students with 60 semester hours of transfer credit or an Associates’ Degree in Arts or Science may waive two Senior Seminars.

Other Requirements

  • Students must be 24 years of age when they start the program.
  • Students must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours at Roosevelt and maintain a 2.0 grade point average to graduate.
  • Students must successfully complete a minimum of nine semester hours at the 300 level in the major at Roosevelt.
  • Students must consult with an advisor every semester prior to registering to ensure that selected courses are appropriate for their specific BLS major.