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Online Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

Designed for working professionals looking to start or advance their career in political science by gaining expertise in areas related to policy, politics and governments in the United States as well as around the world.

Public policy. Political parties. Presidential campaigns. Voting behaviors. Civil rights revolutions. Global relations. Taxes. Diplomacy. Governance. Cultivate your understanding of these concepts, as well as key political and government principles, and more with an online bachelor’s in Political Science. Learn how these areas impact our society, government, education system, workplaces, and communities—then prepare to leave your mark in the field of political science.

With an emphasis on research, data collection, critical analysis and clear communication in writing and speaking, graduates will be prepared for a variety of careers in the public, private, and non-profit sectors, as well as be ready to pursue advanced education. Our UofL graduates go on to challenging jobs in government, campaigns, the nonprofit sector, law, public policy, academics, and business, both in the U.S. and abroad.

The online B.A. in Political Science is offered by the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Louisville.

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Highlights

  • Explore how issues related to power, conflict, and justice within our political systems, policies, government and society impact future change.
  • Study theories of government and the development of political systems along with the role of groups and individuals within the political process.
  • Earn a highly marketable and sought-after degree in as little as 2 years with transfer credits—on your time and schedule with 100% online classes.
  • Complete coursework in the four major subfields of political science (American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations and Political Theory) and take supporting courses in specific topics like campaigns and elections, the Presidency and Congress, social movements and civil rights, terrorism and war, constitutional law, environmental policy, religious politics, urban politics, and international politics.
  • Learn from distinguished university faculty with notable academic credentials, political science experience and a commitment to applied research.
  • Build a strong foundation for pursuing advanced political science education, law degrees and more opportunities.

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Outcomes

Earning a degree political science paves the way for graduates to pursue a variety of roles that go well beyond government and politics, while also developing critical thinking, research, writing and analytical skills. No matter what area of political science you study, the critical skills you develop in research, analysis and communications can help you succeed both inside and outside the political arena.

University of Louisville’s Political Science graduates have been extremely successful in earning prestigious scholarships and fellowships, including numerous Fulbright Award winners and multiple Truman Scholars. Many graduates go on to have successful careers—both in the U.S. and abroad—in the following fields:

  • Local, state and federal government agencies
  • Campaigns
  • International affairs
  • Economic development offices
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Regulatory agencies
  • Law/legal organizations
  • Public policy
  • Business
  • Academia
  • Media
 

This degree is also a stepping stone for anyone looking to pursue a career as a political scientist. Political scientists earn a median pay of $122,220, with job outlook project to grow 6% by 2029 (bls.gov).

Students who want to explore their career options with a bachelor's degree in political science can reach out to the UofL Career Development Center, which supports students from their freshman year to their senior year and beyond with career assessments, advising, job and internship postings, resume and interview help, special events and more.


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Application Deadline Term Start Date
July 1 Fall August
December 1 Spring January
April 1 Summer May/June

Note: We admit students on a rolling basis. The preferred deadlines help you complete the application process on time, be notified of acceptance and enroll before the term begins. We review applications as they become complete, and admit students for a specific term up to the day classes start. We recommend you work on and submit your complete application well in advance of the preferred deadline, as obtaining transcripts and other materials may take more time.

Steps to Apply

  1. Complete undergraduate application
  2. Submit $25 non-refundable application fee
  3. Submit official college transcripts for transfer credits from all attended institutions
  4. Check for scholarships

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For more information on the admission and application process, please contact our Online Learning Enrollment Counselor at 800.871.8635 or by email at online@louisville.edu.

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum GPA of 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale)

Transfer Credit

If you have college credit but did not finish your bachelor’s degree, earn your degree in as little as 2 years through UofL’s online B.A. in Political Science. Transfer up to 60 hours from a community college and up to 90 hours from an accredited 4-year college. Transfer applicants must have a minimum college GPA of 2.5 to be admitted in good standing. Complete the credit transfer pre-evaluation to get an idea of how many credits you'll be able to transfer in toward your UofL bachelor's degree, and visit our General Transfer Student page for more details.

Are you a KCTCS student? KCTCS students can transfer completed associate degrees in their entirety and begin immediately with online upper level coursework at UofL. Visit our KCTCS Transfers Page for more information.

See the UofL Transfer Credit Policy for more information.

International Students

  • If you live outside of the United States and intend to complete an online academic program from your home country, be sure to view special requirements for international students.
  • International applicants must take the TOEFL exam if applying from countries where English is not the native language. Applicants holding a baccalaureate or advanced degree from an accredited institution in the United States are exempt from this requirement.
  • Bachelor's degrees earned internationally must be assessed to ensure that entrance requirements are met.
  • International students will not be issued a U.S. visa if admitted to the online structural transportation certificate program, since there are no campus attendance requirements.
 

The online Bachelor of Arts in Political Science is a 121-credit hour program broken down into the following curriculum components:

  1. General education classes (31 credit hours)
  2. Arts & Sciences programmatic requirements (22 credit hours)
  3. Core political science courses (15 credit hours)
  4. Supporting Courses (53 hours)

Core Course List Hours
POLS 201 Introduction to American Government and Politics 3
POLS 202 Introduction to Comparative Politics 3
POLS 330 International Relations 3
POLS 390 Contemporary Political Research 3
POLS 495 Senior Seminar 3
Minimum Total Hours 15

Students are required to take at least one course from each of Political Science's five subfields.

Supporting Course List Hours
American Politics [select at least one of the following] 3
POLS 306 State Government
POLS 311 American Presidency
POLS 312 Constitutional Law - Powers of Government
POLS 313 Constitutional Law - Rights and Liberties
POLS 314 Judicial Politics
POLS 315 Race, Law and Politics
POLS 316 Gender, Sexuality & Law
POLS 317 American Congress
POLS 318 Religion and United States Politics
POLS 319 Media and Politics
POLS 320 Civil Rights and the Law II
POLS 321 Public Opinion
POLS 322 American Political Parties and Elections
POLS 323 Queer Politics
POLS 324 Women in American Politics
POLS 327 African-American Politics
POLS 401 Topics in American Politics
POLS 501 Topics in American Politics
POLS 507 Topics in Digital Politics
Public Policy [select at least one of the following] 3
POLS 302 Urban Political Economy
POLS 304 Comparative Urban Politics
POLS 305 Urban Politics
POLS 310 Policy, Community & Service
POLS 325 Public Administration
POLS 326 Public Policy
POLS 333 American Foreign Policy
POLS 405 Topics in Public Policy
POLS 426 Environmental Policy
POLS 505 Topics in Urban and Public Policy
POLS 510 Louisville Metro Council Internship
POLS 511 Internship II
POLS 512 Frankfort Legislative Internship
International Relations [select at least one of the following] 3
POLS 331 International Organization
POLS 332 International Law
POLS 333 American Foreign Policy
POLS 334 The Politics of Global Economic Relations
POLS 335 Global Environmental Politics
POLS 336 Politics of European Integration and Foreign Policy
POLS 337 Law, Diplomacy and Power
POLS 338 National and International Security: Issues and Policies
POLS 339 Terrorism
POLS 341 Political Violence
POLS 363 Politics of Oil
POLS 364 World Order
POLS 371 Latin America in the World
POLS 406 Topics in International Relations
POLS 450 Topics in World Affairs
POLS 437 The United States and East Asia
POLS 506 Topics in International Relations
POLS 520 Coping with Conflict
POLS 530 International Negotiation
Comparative Politics [select at least one of the following] 3
POLS 304 Comparative Urban Politics
POLS 328 Information Technology and Politics
POLS 340 Politics and Government of Western Europe
POLS 345 Russia and Eurasia
POLS 341 Political Violence
POLS 347 Democratization
POLS 349 Comparative Political Culture
POLS 350 African Government and Politics
POLS 355 Introduction to Middle East Politics
POLS 356 Political Islam
POLS 362 Comparative Political Economy
POLS 363 Politics of Oil
POLS 366 Politics of East Asia
POLS 365 People's Republic of China
POLS 367 Politics and Government of Southeast Asia
POLS 370 Comparative Political Development in Latin America
POLS 371 Latin America in the World
POLS 402 Topics in Comparative Politics
POLS 437 The United States and East Asia
POLS 502 Topics in Comparative Politics
POLS 563 Women in Developing Countries
Political Theory [select at least one of the following] 3
POLS 381 Early Political Thought
POLS 382 Modern Political Thought
POLS 383 American Political Thought
POLS 384 Democracy and Its Critics
POLS 386 Political Theory and Utopia
POLS 387 American Utopian Communities
POLS 388 Contemporary Political Theory
POLS 404 Topics in Political Theory
POLS 504 Topics in Political Theory
POLS 568 Feminist Theory
Political Science Electives 6
Supporting Courses  
ECON 202 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
Electives in Social Sciences other than Political Science, with 9 hours at the 300-level or above 15
Minimum Electives 14
Minimum Total Hours 53

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Core Course Descriptions