What will I learn?

A Bachelor of Arts (BA) in political science from Wichita State will equip you with useful knowledge in the study of government, public policies and political behavior. The degree is ideal for double majoring in many areas such as pre-law, business, journalism, philosophy and criminal justice and is excellent preparation for graduate study and a wide range of careers.


To complete the 33-credit-hour political science major, you’ll take 18 credit hours of required courses from American Politics to Political Data Analysis. You’ll also take 15 additional credit hours of political science electives based on your interests and career goals.

Applied Learning

Students in the Bachelor of Arts in political science program are required to complete an applied learning or research experience to graduate from the program. The requirement can be met by completing POLS 600.

The department offers the option for majors to graduate with honors in political science if they meet the following requirements:

  • obtain a 3.500 average or greater for the five core courses
  • take an additional course beyond the introductory one in each of the four sub-fields (American politics, international politics, comparative politics, political theory);
  • take an additional 6 credit hours of political science courses beyond the 33 hours required for a major;
  • maintain a 3.500 GPA for all political science courses; and
  • receive an A or A- for the Senior Seminar capstone course.

Students who would like to be admitted to the honors track should contact the department chair.


Thanks to WSU’s extensive network of employer connections, students in every major have opportunities to gain real-world experience helping them build a resume, make professional connections and land their dream jobs.

Which department am I in?

Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (120 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$15,800.00 per year
USD $540.27 per credit hour

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

1 March 2022, 1 June 2022

Start date

18 January 2022, 6 June 2022, 22 August 2022


Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

1845 Fairmount Street,



67260, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must: Be enrolled in, or admitted to, WSU. Have completed, or have plans to complete, the prerequisite requirements. Have an overall minimum GPA of 2.75. For Nursing: Students must have GPA with no grade lower than a 2.0 in any of the specified required courses.

For international students

Students who have completed high school (or will soon graduate from high school) are eligible to apply

English proficiency may be demonstrated in the following ways:

  • Internet-based TOEFL (iBT): 72
  • Wichita State Institutional TOEFL (PBT): 530
  • IELTS Academic or IELTS Indicator overall band score: 6.0
  • PTE Academic: 49

Application deadline: Spring term - Sep 15 (Basic Service), Nov 01 (Standard Service), Dec 01 (Premium Service); Fall term - Apr 15 (Basic Service), Jun 01 (Standard Service), Jul 01 (Premium Service); Summer term - Feb 1 (Basic Service), Mar 01 (Standard Service), Apr 01 (Premium Service)

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Wichita State University

Wichita State is a public university that offers high quality education, affordable tuition, and real-world experience.

  • One of the most affordable research universities in the U.S.
  • Over 225 majors to choose from across diverse colleges
  • Affiliates on campus offer research & job opportunities
  • Scholarship of USD 4,800+ for students with GPA of 3.0

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