Political Science

Bachelor of Arts

The Bachelor of Arts in Political Science does more than teach about politics – it empowers you with the skills needed to inquisitively question political systems. Questions like: Is a two-party system better than a multi-party system? Or how can governments respect diverse ethnic, racial, and religious identities, and still promote bonds of common citizenship? These are the types of questions that political scientists explore, but they also represent issues that require ordinary citizens to make informed judgments. Knowledge gained in this online program can be applied to the gaining and holding of elected positions, or to careers in government and military service or other professions where strong interpersonal and communication skills are required.

Program Courses

The curriculum for this online program is reviewed by an advisory council of industry experts for relevancy to today’s marketplace. Course topics include:

  • Information literacy and global citizenship
  • American government
  • Political theory, parties and interest groups
  • State, local, and community politics
  • Political systems and public policy creation
  • Constitutional law, the Supreme Court, and the legal system
  • International relations, organizations, and development
  • U.S. intelligence communities
  • Management, economics, and philosophy
  • Parliamentary democracies, communism, and theocracies

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Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Analyze the fundamental theories and philosophies of government, governance, economy, and civil society.
  • Compare and contrast the political elements of representative democracy and with other political systems.
  • Assess the three institutions of government that create and implement federal policy.
  • Analyze the historical evolution and contemporary manifestations of the federal system.
  • Analyze the various roles of interest groups in the United States in both historical and modern democratic processes.
  • Assess the impact of political parties on federal, state, and local government.
  • Analyze the concept of diversity in American politics, to include gender, ethnicity, and age.

Degree at a Glance

Concentrations

Concentrations are designed to help you group courses together so you can further specialize in your field and pursue a more focused path to degree completion. You will be asked to select a concentration when you enroll in this program.

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Comparative Politics

Provides an overview of the global political economy using the governments of the United Kingdom, Iran, and China, among others, as case studies. Topics include human rights, conflict resolution, finance, theocracies, and the use of international police forces in global peacekeeping operations.

Sample Courses

  • IRLS301 - International Organizations
  • IRLS417 - International Civil Order
  • POLS420 - Comparative Politics Parliamentary Democracy
  • POLS430 - Comparative Politics Communism
  • POLS440 - Comparative Politics Theocracy
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General

This general concentration allows you to select from all concentration courses offered in this program, including international relations, comparative politics, philosophy, economics, criminal justice, and intelligence.

Sample Courses

  • LSTD301 - Constitutional Law
  • IRLS210 - International Relations I
  • IRLS301 - International Organizations
  • IRLS302 - International Development
  • IRLS405 - National and Transnational Justice
  • IRLS417 - International Civil Order
  • INTL301 - U.S. Intelligence Community
  • INTL434 - Threat Analysis
  • POLS420 - Comparative Politics Parliamentary Democracy
  • POLS430 - Comparative Politics Communism
  • POLS440 - Comparative Politics Theocracy
  • POLS491 - Special Topics in Political Science
  • PHIL302 - Ancient Western Philosophy
  • PHIL400 - Contemporary Issues in Philosophy
  • PHIL415 - Enlightenment Philosophy
  • PHIL416 - Modern & Post-Modern Philosophy
  • SOCI311 - Political Sociology
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International Relations

Explores various international issues affecting the world today, such as human rights and the global economy. Topics include the United Nations, NATO, national and transnational justice, and international civil order. Completion of this concentration may lead to eligibility to obtain a Peace Operations Training Institute certificate.

Sample Courses

  • IRLS211 - International Relations II
  • IRLS301 - International Organizations
  • IRLS302 - International Development
  • IRLS405 - National and Transnational Justice
  • IRLS417 - International Civil Order
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Political Theory

Includes a heavy grounding in philosophy, which is designed to help describe how political theory has evolved through the centuries. Courses cover ancient philosophers, such as Aristotle, to more modern figures like Marx, as well as major contemporary political issues like capital punishment, abortion, and freedom of thought.

Sample Courses

  • PHIL101 - Introduction to Philosophy
  • PHIL302 - Ancient Western Philosophy
  • PHIL400 - Contemporary Issues in Philosophy
  • PHIL415 - Enlightenment Philosophy
  • PHIL416 - Modern & Post-Modern Philosophy

Admission Requirements

  • All undergraduate programs require a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (i.e. GED).
  • New undergraduate students may be asked to complete our College Readiness Assessment (ADMN100). If you have successfully completed 9 or more hours of college credit, you may reach out to your admission representative to inquire about waiving this requirement.
  • If you have previous college experience, you will be asked to submit your transcripts from previous schools where you earned academic credit.
  • There is no fee to complete our admission application. View steps to apply.

Need help?

Selecting the right program to meet your educational goals is a key step in ensuring a successful outcome. If you are unsure of which program to choose, or need more information, please contact an admission representative at 877-777-9081 or info@apus.edu.


Undergraduate Tuition Rates 

Per credit hour: $270 | $250 with military grant*

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*To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, we offer a tuition grant for U.S. active-duty servicemembers, Guard, Reserve, military spouses and dependents, and veterans that caps undergraduate tuition at the military TA limit. See all military-affiliated student benefits.

Paying for School

Because our university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), (the same as the Ohio State University, Univ. of Chicago, and U.S. Air Force Academy, to name a few), we can accept the following forms of financial aid and payments:

Ways to Save

Undergraduate Book Grant

Ebooks are provided at no cost if you are enrolled in undergraduate courses for credit. The undergraduate book grant is estimated to save $250 per academic semester if you are registered as a full-time student.

Transfer Credits

Accelerate your degree completion by taking full advantage of our transfer credit options, including credit for your previous college courses, military service schools, American Council on Education (ACE) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, and prior learning experiences.  

Employer Contributions

The university has educational partnerships with many employers and associations. Be sure to accurately enter your employer information when you complete our admissions application. Your employer might also offer a tuition reimbursement plan as one of your benefits.