Political Science


Overview & Academics

POLITICAL SCIENCE is the systematic study of politics and power from domestic, international and comparative perspectives.  It entails understanding political ideas, ideologies, institutions, policies, processes, and behavior, as well as groups, classes, government, diplomacy, law, strategy, and war.  A background in political science is valuable for citizenship and political action, as well we for future careers in government, law, business, media, or public service.

Political Science Faculty

Department Contact

Young Hun Kim, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Political Science Program Coordinator
Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
ykim@ncwc.edu
252.985.5118

Jarrod Kelly, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
Jkelly@ncwc.edu
252.985.5261

Career Options

  • Government Agencies
  • Politics
  • Writer
  • Lawyer
  • Teacher
  • Journalist

Major Requirements
Core requirements:
POL 112, 200, 308
MAT 213

Core Components:
Choose 21 semester hours from:
POL 300, 301, 302, 310 or 315 (9 semester hours)
POL 211, 311 or 408 (3 semester hours)
POL 410; JUS 206 or JUS 293 (3 semester hours)
POL 201 or 313 (3 semester hours)
POL 400 or 401 (3 semester hours)

 

 

Minor Requirements
POL 112, 302, 311, and 408
6 semester hours from:
POL 313, 410, 495
HIS 225, 314, 315, 405, 410
ECO 312

Political Science Undergraduate Plan*

Fall Semester Credits
POL 112 American Political System 3
ENG 111 Writing I 3
EXS 100 Fitness & Wellness 2
BIO 101 Life Science 3
BIO 102 Life Science Lab 1
Elective 3
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TOTAL HOURS: 15


Spring Semester Credits
ENG 112 Writing II 3
POL 200 Introduction to Political Science 3
MAT 213 Elementary Statistics 3
Elective 3
Elective 2
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TOTAL HOURS: 14

Fall Semester Credits
POL 211, 311, or 408 3
ENG Literature Requirement 3
CHM/ERS/PHY Science Requirement 3
CHM/ERS/PHY Science Lab Requirement 1
Elective 3
Elective 3
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TOTAL HOURS: 16


Spring Semester Credits
POL 308 Social Research Methods 3
Ethics Requirement 3
ECO/GEO/JUS Social Science Requirement 3
Elective 3
Elective 2
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TOTAL HOURS: 14

Fall Semester Credits
POL 300 The United States Congress 3
POL 201 or 313 3
ART/ENT/MUS Fine Arts Requirement 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
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TOTAL HOURS: 15


Spring Semester Credits
POL 301 The Federal Courts 3
POL 410, JUS 206, or JUS 293 3
REL 101or 115 Religious Studies Requirement 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
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TOTAL HOURS: 15

Fall Semester Credits
POL 400 or 401 3
PSY/SOC Social Science Requirement 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
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TOTAL HOURS: 15


Spring Semester Credits
POL 302 The American Presidency 3
International Studies Requirement 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
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TOTAL HOURS: 15

* The four-year degree plan provided is just a guide and not an actual expectation of courses that students have to take during specific semesters. Each student may have a unique graduation plan based on transfer credit, courses offerings, course load taken, summer course options, intended career/graduate school plans, etc. An advisor will work one-on-one with students to customize a four-year degree plan during a student’s first semester if requested by the student.