In designing an undergraduate program, students have two different degree options: Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Science (BS). In comparing the two degrees, the BA includes a smaller number of political science electives – six instead of eight—and a foreign language requirement, in addition to the Northeastern University Core. Students are encouraged to talk to an advisor about which degree best fits their academic goals.
The Bachelor of Arts in Political Science provides a set of introductory courses to the discipline, followed by methodology courses, electives, and a capstone course. Students explore and analyze the many facets of American government, comparative politics, international relations, and political philosophy. With elective courses, students may choose from among a number of concentrations or follow their own curricular path. At the college level, the Bachelor of Arts in Political Science includes a foreign language requirement.
The Department of Political Science in addition to the Bachelor of Arts in Political Science also offers combined majors in cooperation with other departments and programs on campus. Unlike a double major, in which a student completes all of the requirements of two majors, a combined major involves a shorter set of course requirements agreed upon by two different departments or programs.
Bachelor of Arts Combined Majors
The Department of English and the Department of Political Science offer an interdisciplinary combined major in English and political science. Students in the combined major in English and political science integrate the study of literature and writing with the study of political issues and problems.
In this combined major, successful undergraduates will develop an awareness of the scientific, cultural, societal, and political aspects of the world’s environmental problems through the lens of geopolitical decisions, public policy, and environmental regulations.
The Department of History and the Department of Political Science offer an interdisciplinary combined major in history and political science. Students interested in the combined major integrate the study of political systems and theories with the study and analysis of human history.
This interdisciplinary combined major offers students an opportunity to integrate the study and practice of journalism and political science. Successful students will gain a deep understanding of both disciplines, allowing them to seek out areas such as political writing, campaigns, and law school.
The combined major in political science and communication studies offers students the opportunity to integrate the study of politics and government with different forms and mediums of communication. Students complete the core courses in political science along with core courses in communication studies that cover public speaking and persuasion. This combined major highlights the important role played by different forms of communication in shaping politics and government.
The Media and Screen Studies Program and the Department of Political Science offer a combined major in media and screen studies and political science. The combined major integrates the analysis, research, and production of traditional and emerging media along with courses on American government, comparative politics, international relations, and research methods.
The combined major in political science and economics offers students the opportunity to integrate the study of politics and government with the study of economics. Students complete the core courses in political science along with core courses in economics that cover both macroeconomic and microeconomic perspectives. This combined major highlights the important role that the economy plays in shaping politics and government.
The combined degree is designed to prepare students with skills and tools to advocate for social issues at all levels of society. Human services program students prepare for fields in the social change arena (nongovernment organizations [NGOs], counseling, and political advocacy). Political science students prepare to change and shape the domestic and international political landscape in American politics, comparative politics, international relations, and public policy. Students engage in an integrated educational program that emphasizes experiential approaches to learning through service-learning, co-op, internship, and study abroad opportunities. Upon completion of the degree, successful students apply professional skills in counseling roles, nonprofit management, political advocacy, or organizational and community development. Successful students are positioned to pursue law school, graduate school, careers in government and the nonprofit sector, as well as in teaching, journalism, legislative or lobbying positions, public relations activities, and work in international corporations and NGOs.
Through this combined major, successful undergraduates will develop an awareness of global affairs and international relations since the early 20th century. The combined major addresses diverse and cross-disciplinary theories of interstate relations (conflict, cooperation, hierarchies); civil society, transnational advocacy networks, global social movements; political processes, institutions, and actors; and state-society relations (democracy, authoritarianism, inequalities, citizenship).
The combined major in political science and philosophy enables students to develop an integrated understanding of politics, political theory, ethical theory, and theories of justice. Successful students who complete the major will have the training to critically evaluate and assess public policies and social issues on both political and ethical grounds, including issues such as tax policy, immigration, environmental protection, trade policy, healthcare, education, defense policy, and much more.
The combined major in sociology and political science offers students the opportunity to integrate the study of politics and government with an analysis of social systems. Students complete core courses in political science along with core courses in sociology that include social theory and an introduction to social systems. This combined major highlights the important intersection between social norms and organizations with the evolution of politics and government.