Old Political Science Requirements

B.S./B.A. in Political Science

HOURS REQUIRED FOR MAJOR:  15 CORE + 3 STATISTICS + 3 JR. WRITING + 3 CAPSTONE + 15 POS ELECTIVES = 39 HOURS

HOURS REQUIRED FOR MINOR: 18 – 24 HOURS

TOTAL HOURS REQUIRED FOR THE DEGREE = 120 HOURS (NAU requires that at least 30 hours in your degree be upper-division.)

  • Students graduating under the 2005-2006 Catalog (& subsequent catalogs) are required to complete 3 hours of Ethnic Diversity and 3 hours of Global Awareness courses.  These courses can be used to meet other requirements within the academic plan if chosen carefully.
  • B.A. Language Requirement: Students must demonstrate competency in a language other than English, equivalent to 2 years of coursework (16 hours).


Total Hours in Major (core/methods, jr. writing, senior capstone, political science electives) – 39 required. 

Electives Requirement

Select five courses, not including those taken to meet the Core, Junior Writing, and Capstone requirements, from the remaining POS courses.  See the current course catalog and schedule of classes for complete listings and course descriptions, as well as semester offerings.  Consult with your advisor to select appropriate coursework suitable for your career aspirations and/or academic interests.  If a course is an option in the core but you take some other course to satisfy that core requirement, you may still take the optional course and apply it to meeting this 15-hour elective requirement.  If a course is repeatable, you may take it more than once with different content and apply it more than once to your major requirement.  [NOTE: POS 220 is NOT available for credit to Political Science majors or minors.]

Total Hours for Degree

Minor hours – 18-24 required

Liberal Studies hours – 35 required

Language Requirement (for B.A. only) – 16 hours

Elective Hours

TOTAL HOURS – 120 required

B.S. or B.A.?  The 39 hours required for the Political Science major are the same for the Bachelor of Science and the Bachelor of Arts degrees.  The B.A. differs from the B.S. in that you must demonstrate competency in a language other than English that is equivalent to 2 years of coursework (16 hours).  You may satisfy this requirement by taking language courses or by testing out of all or part of it by taking CLEP exams arranged by the Counseling and Testing Center.