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Political Science (BA)


What will I learn?

The courses offered in the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice are designed to achieve three important objectives: To provide a broad and comprehensive education with exceptional social science training---promoting critical thinking, analytic, oral communication, and writing skills. To help students advance toward professional careers in a diversity of fields including law enforcement; education; government; law; corrections; public policy; business; journalism; NGOs and non-profits; and more. To prepare students to be leaders in their communities and to seize meaningful opportunities to effect positive changes locally, nationally, and globally.

Political Science is a broad discipline that includes studies of governments, politics, and policies. Political scientists may focus on political behavior, decision making, processes, institutions, and public policies. Inquiry in political science addresses the domestic and international policies of the United States and all other countries and regions. Political scientists study the political values, attachments, and activities of people, individually and in groups. Political science examines both what preferences people share and how they differ according to their personal attributes and positions in the economy and society. Political science also studies how people regard and trust each other as well as their leaders and governments.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$21,540.00 per year
USD $718 per credit hour
Start date

8 May 2023, 22 August 2023


College of Arts and Sciences

The University of South Alabama,

Humanities Room 118,



36688, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have completed a secondary schools with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5.

For international students

Applicants must have completed a secondary schools with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5. English Proficiency Requirement: Minimum IELTS: 5.5, Minimum TOEFL: 61, Minimum Pearson Academic: 44, Minimum iTEP: 3.6, Minimum Duolingo: 95.

Application Deadlines: Fall - 15th June, Spring - 1st November, Summer - 1st March.

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


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