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Political Science, BA

Offered in: CHICAGO

Political Science is the study of how we reach the collective decisions that shape our common fate. Political scientists study topics including the acquisition and exercise of power, the sources and resolution of international conflicts, the design and function of electoral systems; the history of political thought; the adoption and implementation of public policies; the comparative efficacy of political systems around the world; the operation of legal systems, and many more. These topics are studied at multiple levels of analysis, from local communities to the global system. The discipline is comprised of four main subfields: American politics, comparative politics, international relations, and political theory.

At Roosevelt University, students will approach the problems of the political world through the prism of social justice, asking how individuals, institutions and systems contribute to problems like inequality, poverty, discrimination, war, terrorism and climate change. In Political Science, we seek not just to identify the causes and consequences of intractable problems, but also to debate and implement plausible and equitable solutions. Roosevelt University is ideally located for studying political science, as students study politics in a global city that is also 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 local, state and national government offices, international non-governmental organizations (NGOs), consular missions, political consultancies, non-profit advocacy groups, and labor organizations.


Students must complete 11 courses in the major, with at least five courses at the 300 level. All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of C or higher. Transfer students must take at least six Political Science courses at Roosevelt University. Majors are encouraged to take Econ 101 and 102. Students planning to pursue graduate study in political science are encouraged to discuss with their advisors appropriate courses of study in languages and statistics.

Students complete any three of the following introductory courses

  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

These courses also are required

  One additional 200-level course in Political Science .....3
  POS 290 Research in Political Science .....3

To complete the degree

  Six electives in political science, five at the 300 level .....18

General Education Requirements

Academic Communities of Practice

  ACP 101 First-Year Seminar (required for students who enter RU with fewer than 12 semester hours) .....3
  ACP 110 Primary Texts .....3
  ACP 250 Grounds for Change .....3

English Composition (minimum grade of C- required)

  ENG 101 Composition I: Critical Reading and Writing .....3
  ENG 102 Composition II: Introduction to Academic Research .....3


  Nine semester hours total required from these subject areas: African-American Studies, Art History, English (excluding 101 and 102), History, Languages, Music, Philosophy, Theatre, Speech and Women's and Gender Studies .....9


  MATH 110 Math 110 or above (Math, Computer Science & Technology, and Science majors have different requirements -- see advisor). .....3

Non-Western Requirement

  Non-Western course (can be used for Humanities or Social Sciences general education requirements) .....3

RU Mission-Related Course (minimum grade of C- required)

  LIBS 201 Writing Social Justice .....3


  One biological science and one physical science required; at least one must be a four-hour lab (not applicable for science majors) TOTAL: at least 7 science hours. .....7-8

Social Sciences

  Nine semester hours total required from these subject areas: African-American Studies, Anthropology, Economics, History, Journalism, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology and Women's and Gender Studies .....9

These quantitative requirements also apply to degrees in the College of Arts and Sciences:

  • Students may apply no more than 60 semester hours of 100-level courses toward the degree.
  • Students must apply no fewer than 60 semester hours of 200- and 300-level courses toward the degree.
  • Students must have at least 18 semester hours (of the 60 semester hours above) at the 300 level.
  • Students may transfer in no more than 66 semester hours from community colleges.
  • Students must take their final 30 hours at Roosevelt University. Note that some majors have additional requirements for RU hours.
  • Students must have a grade point average of 2.0 or higher to graduate. Note that some majors have additional GPA requirements.
  • Students must have a minimum of 90 hours in Arts and Sciences.
  • Students may apply no more than 51 hours in the major (BA) or 57 hours in the major (BS)