Quick Facts

General Education Requirements:
37 hours
Required Courses: 21 hours
Selectives: 18 hours
Electives: 44 hours
Total: 120 hours

Full Program Requirements

Why Study Political Science?

The study of political science helps citizens better understand the workings of the world: from the laws that regulate individuals, businesses, and communities, to the change agents that spur transformation in society. Governors State University’s Bachelor of Arts in Political Science provides students with a comprehensive and multidisciplinary academic foundation that combines the study of political science with related fields of sociology, anthropology, history, and globalization.  

As a Political Science student, you will create a specialization to align with your personal and professional goals within one of the program’s four subfields: 

  • American Politics and Policy
  • Comparative Political Analysis
  • International and Global Politics
  • Social Justice and Civic Engagement

Reach Your Career Goals

Political science graduates enter a variety of fields from politics at the local, state, and government levels, to careers in the private and nonprofit sectors. Many go on to complete graduate studies both in the political science field and in public administration, law, or business.

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<b>Full Program Requirements</b>

Full Program Requirements

You can find the complete guide to graduation requirements for your degree in our catalog.

<b>Program Faculty</b>

Program Faculty

Our favorable faculty-student ratios ensure lots of individual attention from our dedicated faculty members.

<b>How to Apply</b>

How to Apply

If you are ready to take the next step, you can create an account and apply here, or simply request more information about the programs of your choice.

<b>Cost and Financial Aid</b>

Cost and Financial Aid

Our tuition estimator helps you calculate your cost of attendance. Our Financial Aid Office is dedicated to helping you find ways to fund your education.



At GSU, many scholarships are available and can make your education even more affordable!

<b>All Academic Programs</b>

All Academic Programs

We offer many options for undergraduate degrees and minors, and even several 5-year programs that lead to completion of a Masters degree as well!

<b>Student Life</b>

Student Life

Student Clubs and Organizations at Governors State University enrich your educational experience, allowing you to gain and hone skills applicable to the classroom and life beyond. Click here to explore additional student resources.

<b>On-Campus Residence</b>

On-Campus Residence

Prairie Place, our on-campus housing, provides many options to accommodate the needs of our diverse student population.

<b>Campus Location</b>

Campus Location

If you have been wondering, "Where is Governors State University?" Learn more about our campus, and get directions to come visit us or take a virtual tour!