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The political science program at ODU focuses on the study of the state, government, and politics in the domestic and international realms. It is designed to give students an essential core of knowledge, and to develop their critical thinking and analytical skills. Students have the opportunity to study American politics, Virginia state and local politics, public law, international relations, and comparative politics. Both the B.A. and B.S. degrees are offered. The B.A. emphasizes complementary preparation in a foreign language through the intermediate level. The B.S. emphasizes development of quantitative research and data analysis skills.
Faculty and student achievements are nationally and internationally recognized
Pre-law advising available to political science and other students from across the University
Internship and practicum credit can be earned by students upon attaining junior status
Students who complete the program are eligible for admission to graduate and law school or direct entry to the job market
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This course provides a basic introduction to the study of international politics. It considers some of the more prominent theoretical perspectives in the discipline and examines the major political, economic, social and environmental issues presently facing the global community. The course prepares students for advanced study in international politics.
This course introduces students to the political processes and the institutions of American politics. The course examines American political culture, gender and minority rights, citizen participation, national institutions, public policy, and foreign and defense policy.
Introduces the student to the American legal system through an examination of its institutions, practitioners, and processes. A general survey of constitutional law, administrative law, civil and criminal law, and selected topics of substantive and procedural dimensions of the court system. This is a writing intensive course. Prerequisites: POLS 101S and a grade of C or better in ENGL 211C or ENGL 221C or ENGL 231C.
Students entering the BA,BS program in Political Science should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Undergraduate Admission)
The program offers both the Bachelors of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees in Political Science.
The Bachelors of Arts requires a total of 36 credit hours in political science, including three introductory courses and a course in research methods. B.A. students also earn 24 elective credit hours (usually eight additional courses) in political science. Their general education requirements include language study through the intermediate level (202).
The Bachelors of Science in Political Science requires a total of 36 credit hours in political science, including three introductory courses, research methods, and quantitative methods. B.S. students also earn 21 elective hours (usually seven additional courses) in political science. Their general education requirements include language study through the introductory level (102), and elementary statistics.
Estimated rates for the 2021-22 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.
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