Credits required
180 Oregon State University is on a quarter-term system. There are four quarters each year and classes are 11 weeks long. This program's 180 quarter credits are equal to 120 semester credits.*
Cost per credit
$318 Cost per credit is calculated using tuition per credit for the current academic year. It does not include associated fees, course materials, textbook expenses, and other expenses related to courses.
Delivery
Online You can complete all or nearly all requirements of this program online. View the curriculum.
Start terms
4 per year

B.A./B.S. Political Science – Online

Curriculum

As a political science major, you will learn from experienced Oregon State faculty in the only online political science degree with extensive coursework in environmental politics and policy.

The program includes a diverse selection of courses that go beyond U.S. politics and law. You'll study topics such as politics of Western Europe, how the U.S. is viewed abroad, international relations, politics of sports, environmental politics, and politics of climate change.

Andy Edwards

Political science academic advisor Andy Edwards enjoys helping students grow in their views of the world through the diverse curriculum offerings in the online political science program. Read more »

Degree requirements

minimum of 180 quarter credits  including at least 60 upper-division credits  are required to graduate with your bachelor's degree in political science. Major requirements and curriculum details are available on Oregon State's academic catalog.

For information about OSU's Baccalaureate Core, visit our bacc core details page. You can also find complete details online about the College of Liberal Arts core.

Sample course topics

  • American politics and government
  • Comparative politics
  • Constitutional law
  • Current issues in rural policies
  • Eastern and Central European politics
  • Gender and law
  • Global food politics and policy
  • International relations
  • Middle East politics
  • Political analysis
  • Politics and the media
  • Politics of climate change
  • Sustainable living: Practices and policies

Transfer credits

Some degree requirements may be transferred from other institutions. Please note that a minimum of 45 credits of the last 75 credits in this degree program must be completed at Oregon State (online or on campus) to meet the academic residency requirement.

Previously earned credits must be reviewed upon admittance to OSU for appropriate articulation. Find more information about transferring credits using the Office of Admissions’ single-course search tool.

Add a minor

As an OSU Ecampus student, you can add a minor to your degree program. OSU offers a diverse selection of minors online. You can combine horticulture with a minor in business or geography to create an even more powerful résumé fit for today's competitive job market.

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