Political Science BA/MA Dual Degree Program

The 2+3 Combined BA/MA program in Political Science provides an opportunity for students of recognized academic ability and educational maturity to complete the requirements for both degrees in 5 years of full-time study.

The combined program requires a minimum of 140 credit hours of which at least 33 must be at the graduate level in political science. In qualifying for the BA, students must meet all University and College requirements. Students in the combined 2+3 who successfully complete the requirements for the MA degree will be awarded a BA degree simultaneously upon completion of at least 107 hours of undergraduate credit.

Student should apply to the Department for admission to the 2+3 combined degree program in Political Science during the semester they will complete 60 undergraduate credit hours. A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher and two letters of recommendation from faculty are required. Students will be admitted to the 2+3 program under provisional status until they have completed 30 hours in that program with a grade point of 3.0 or higher. After completion of the provisional period, with the recommendation of the Graduate Director, students can be granted full admission into the 2+3 program.

Students must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or higher throughout the combined program. Students who officially withdraw from the 2+3 combined degree program, who have successfully completed all the regular requirements for the BA degree (120 hours) will be awarded their BA degree.

Undergraduate Requirements for Student in the 2+3 Program

A. The following must be completed prior to enrolling in the 2+3 program

POL SCI 1100Introduction to American Politics (MOTR POSC 101)3
POL SCI 1500Introduction to Comparative Politics (MOTR POSC 202)3
Select two of the following:6
Introduction to International Politics (MOTR POSC 201)
State Politics
Introduction to Urban Politics
Public Administration
Total Hours12

B. Undergraduate Requirements Within the 2+3 Program

Select two of the following:6
Judicial Politics
Constitutional Law
Civil Liberties
The American Presidency
Congressional Politics
Political Parties and Elections
Negotiation, Collective Bargaining, and Dispute Resolution
Environmental Policy
Select two of the following:6
The Politics of European Union
Political Systems of South America
Political Systems of Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean
African Politics
The Politics of the Middle East: International and National Dynamics
International Political Economy
International Organizations and Global Problem-Solving
International Law
Select one additional course from B-1 or B-2 .3
Total Hours15

C. Graduate Requirements

POL SCI 6401Introduction to Policy Research3
Select three of the following:9
Proseminar in Public Law
Proseminar in American Politics
Public Administration: Theory & Practice
POL SCI 6450
Proseminar in Urban Politics
Proseminar in International Relations
Select five additional graduate Political Science classes. 115
Select Exit Project or Internship or Thesis 6
Total Hours33

Students should select an emphasis in American Politics, Public Policy, Comparative Politics, Political Theory, or International Relations.

Summary of Credits in Political Science:

  • BA: 27 hours
    (12 completed in lower division courses before admission to the 2+3 program)
  • MA: 33 hours at the graduate level
  • TOTAL: 60 hours in Political Science classes