Department of History and Political Science

Political Science

Program Description:

The program in political science offers a broad selection of courses and activities adapted to the needs of students who plan careers in: law, the several levels of government including the foreign (diplomatic) service, international organizations, international business and industrial organizations, private enterprise, public relations, research, teaching, and active politics.

Students interested in other vocations will find the courses beneficial. Degree programs in: 1) political science, 2) political science with a concentration in public management 3) political science with a concentration in public administration, 4) political science with a concentration in emergency management, 5) political science with a concentration in urban studies and economic development, and 6) political science with a concentration in international relations include the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees. The Bachelor of Arts degree, unlike the Bachelor of Science degree, requires the completion of twelve (12) semester hours of foreign language.

Major Requirements:

A major in political science consists of thirty-three (33) semester hours. All political science majors must complete a minor of eighteen (18) hours in another academic field. A major in political science with a public administration concentration consists of the same major requirements as  political science except for the requirement of minoring in eighteen (18) hours of public administration instead of another academic field.

Minor Requirements:

Other students wishing to minor in political science, public administration, public management, emergency management, urban studies and economic development, or international relations must complete eighteen (18) semester hours in one of the previously mentioned fields. A minor in political science must also include POS 2001, POS 2041 and PAD 3003. Students earning a major or minor in political science must earn at least a 2.0 GPA (“C”) in each course completed in political science, public administration, or public management. All students earning a major in the area must have at least a 2.0 GPA overall to qualify for graduation with a degree in any of the programs. Also, all classes other than natural sciences must be passed with a grade of “C” or better. See your adviser for course sequences in: mathematics, social science, humanities, statistics, and computers.

Degree Programs: (use if you entered the program Summer 2016 or after)


Degree Programs: (use if you entered the program before Summer 2016)

Contact Info

515 Orr Dr.
462 Tucker Hall
Tallahassee, Florida 32307

P: (850)599-3447
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