May 23, 2024  
Undergraduate Catalog 2021-2022 
Undergraduate Catalog 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Political Science, BA

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Courses in Political Science are designed to enlighten students about the concept of government including the origin, emergence, integration, transformation, and decline of political communities as well as their institutions and the rules and practices by which they resolve conflicts and make decisions. It involves an examination of the public policies of communities and the manner in which these policies are made. The Political Science major earns a B.A. degree.

In addition, Political Science in conjunction with other academic programs, offers majors in Politics and International Relations and in Politics and Law. Both majors earn B.A. degrees.


Students majoring in Political Science and judged qualified by the Political Science faculty may, upon invitation, elect to pursue honors work in Political Science. To graduate ”With Honors in Political Science,” a student must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, a minimum major GPA of 3.25, and complete POL 498  and POL 499 . In addition, they must also write and orally defend an honors thesis and be nominated for honors by the department

Core Curriculum Requirements (55-62 Hours)

Technical Requirements (9 Hours)

Choose One of the Following

  • ECO elective (excluding ECO 121)
  • PSY elective (excluding PSY 100 )
  • SOC elective (excluding SOC 100 )

General Elective

(If Needed)

Total Credit Hours (Minimum) 128

On occasion, technical and/or program requirements may also meet specific core curriculum requirements. Please confer with your program advisor to determine which courses, if any, may be counted accordingly.

All Bachelors programs at Lenoir-Rhyne require at least 128 credit hours. If, in combination, core, technical, and program requirements do not generate at least 128 hours, additional credits must be completed to achieve 128 hours. These classes may be general electives, or a student may complete a minor or additional major.

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