Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at GCC
General Education Requirements for GCC
BA and BS BSEE, BSME, BM,
(non-science) and BS (science)
Humanities Core (Civilization Series) 18 hours 18 hours
Science, Faith and Technology 3 hours 3 hours
Foundations of the Social Sciences 3 hours 3 hours
Quantitative/Logical Reasoning 6 hours 6 hours
Natural Sciences (with laboratories) 8 hours 8 hours
Physical Education 2 hours 2 hours
Foreign Language 6 hours 0 hours
Total 46 hours 40 hours
NOTE: In many cases, courses that students take to satisfy the requirements for a major
will also satisfy general education requirements. For example, engineering students are already
required to take more than the minimum natural science courses, and business students already
take some math and statistics courses.
Each student is required to fulfill the general education and major specific requirements
listed in the Grove City College Bulletin (the Catalog) (in .pdf format) for the year in which he/she matriculates
to the College as a full-time freshman student, or in the case of a transfer student, the
year he/she initially transfers to the College. If a student withdraws from the College and
returns within one year, he/she may continue to follow his/her original Catalog requirements.
However, if a student is away from the College for over one year, he/she must then
follow the requirements listed in the Catalog year of the year of his/her return to the College.
A student may choose to follow the requirements of a later Catalog, but he/she must then
fulfill both the major and general education requirements outlined and required in that
Specific Requirements of the BA and Minor in Political Science
Course Requirements for Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science (POLS) (37 hours)
Core Requirements (22 hours):
Political Science 101, 104, 201, 204, and 277.
One course from Political Science 255 or 256.
One course from Political Science 309 or 350.
Political Science Clusters (12 hours):
Choose at least two courses from at least two of the following clusters for a total of
Political Science 304, 306, 308, 309, 319; History 317 or 318.
Political Science 301, 302, 303, 323, 333, 341, 342, or 344.
Political Theory:Political Science 206, 255, 256, or 354.
(If both 255 and 256 are taken, only one can count toward this cluster, and the other
one will count toward the core requirements.)
Washington Internship Program (Political Science 481):
Summer session for six hours counts as one cluster.
Fall or Spring semester for twelve hours counts for two clusters.
Political Science Electives (3 hours):
Choose three additional hours of Political Science electives.
Courses that count in the POLS major quality point average (MQPA):
All courses with “POLS” prefix, HIST 317, and HIST 318. A minimum MQPA of 2.00
is required to graduate.
Course Requirements for a minor in Political Science (18 hours)
Political Science Core (15 hours):
Political Science 101, 104, 201, and 204.
One course from Political Science 106, 256, or 350.
Political Science electives (3 hours):
Choose three hours from courses with POLS prefix.
Course Requirements for a minor in National Security Studies (18 hours)
National Security Core (12 hours):
Political Science 302, 303, 335, and History 336
National Security Electives (6 hours):
Choose two courses from Political Science 341, 342, 344, and History 375
For ease of planning out your four year program of study in Political Science, we have created a Status Sheet for Political Science that is updated each year (click on the picture below). The document is .pdf format.