Political Science, BA

Academic Standards

Students must earn a minimum grade of “C” in all classes pertaining to their major and in those required in the support area and unrestricted electives. Furthermore, a minimum grade of “C” is required in the minor area (if applicable).

Teacher Certification

The Division of Social Sciences allows those students interested in pursuing a career in the K-12 academic environment to major in either history or political sciences and still obtain the teacher’s certification. The degree will be designated as a Bachelor of Arts in History or Political Science degree with secondary teacher certification.

Students pursuing the teacher’s certification must consult with their advisor in the Division of Social Sciences within their first two semesters of study at Prairie View A&M University to ensure timely completion of the University’s core curriculum before applying to the Whitlowe R. Green College of Education. For more information on the requirements and guidelines for admission to the teacher’s certification program, students should see the teacher certification section of the catalog under the Whitlowe R. Green College of Education.

Political Science Program

The Political Science Program provides students with the knowledge and training necessary for personal, academic, and professional development in a friendly academic environment. The curriculum is designed to help students develop their reasoning and critical thinking skills and improve their competence in oral and written communication. The fundamental goal of the program is to provide students with the theoretical underpinnings and analytical tools required to research and understand political issues and governmental processes. In addition to providing support courses for all undergraduate studies at Prairie View A&M University, the program strives to achieve the following pivotal goals:

  • Prepare students for graduate and professional schools by exposing them to a variety of concepts, theories, and methodologies used in the study of Political Science;
  • Train students for careers in government, law, education, journalism, urban planning, international affairs, business, and many other fields on which public policy has an impact; and
  • Help students develop a sustained interest in the day-to-day activities of governmental institutions and processes, as well as in events and issues that occur daily at the local, state, national, and international levels.

The program offers a B.A. in Political Science with courses tailored to students of diverse educational and career interests. The curriculum covers many of the sub-fields of Political Science, such as American government and politics, public law, comparative politics, international politics, public administration, research methodology, and political theory. The program also offers specialty courses in a wide range of topics including blacks in the American political system, race and gender in politics, Gandhi and King, and legal studies.  The program requires the completion of 33 credit hours of Political Science courses, of which POSC 2304POSC 2341POSC 3354, and POSC 4311 are required for majors in the discipline.

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science Degree Program Requirements

Complete Core Curriculum Listing at https://catalog.pvamu.edu/universitycorecurriculum/

Core Curriculum 42 Credit Hours
Communication (Select Two)6
Mathematics (Select One)3
Life and Physical Sciences (Select Two)6
Language, Philosophy, and Culture ( Select One)3
Creative Arts (Select One)3
American History (Select Two)6
Government/Political Science 6
American Government
Texas Government
Social and Behavioral Sciences (Select One)3
Component Area Option One (Select One)3
Component Area Option Two (Select One)3
Foreign Language Requirements (One Language)6
Major Requirements 2
POSC 2304Introduction to Political Science3
POSC 2341Scope and Methods in Political Science3
POSC 3354International Politics3
POSC 4311American Constitutional Law3
Political Science Electives: (Select seven courses from the list below):21
Political Parties and Elections
Public Administration
Legal Studies
Blacks and the American Political System
Global Issues
Latin American and Caribbean Politics
State and Local Government
Modern Political Theory
Election Law and Voting Rights
Public Policy Analysis
Policital Studies Thru Film
Gandhi and King
Political Resistance and Social Change
Comparative Politics
U.S. Foreign Policy
African Politics
Middle East Politics
Independent Study
Urban Government and Politics
The Presidency
The Legislative Process
Special Topics in Political Science
Judicial Politics
Seminar in Political Science
Race, Gender and Public Policy
Independent Study
Internship in Political Science
Support Area
ECON 2301Principles of Macroeconomics3
ENGL 2314Advanced Composition3
or ENGL 2327 American Literature I
or ENGL 2328 American Literature II
or ENGL 3304 Professional Writing for Electronic Media
or ENGL 3324 Studies in American Literature
GEOG 1302Introduction to Human Geography3
PSYC 2317Statistical Methods in Psychology3
or SOCG 4305 Social Statistics
Unrestricted Electives9
Concentration Requirement (Select one option from below)18
Minor field of study (18 SCH) 4
With Teacher Certification Concentration (18 SCH)
Educational Foundations
Educational Psychology
Instructional Planning and Assessment
Instructional Methodology and Classroom Management
Student Teaching Secondary II
Total Hours120

All Political Science Core Curriculum requirements are shown in the suggested degree program. In order to fulfill the 6 SCH of Life and Physical Sciences requirements, students are advised to take a BIOL, CHEM, PHYS, or PHSC sequence.


Students must earn a minimum grade of “C” in all classes pertaining to their major and in those required in the support area and unrestricted electives. Furthermore, a minimum grade of “C” is required in the minor area (if applicable).


 This course is repeatable for up to 9 semester credit hours credits when the topic differs.


Depending on the credit hours required by the selected minor.