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
$309 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
100% online You can complete all courses 100% online. Some courses may require proctored exams in your local area.
Start terms
4 per year

B.A./B.S. Political Science – Online

Curriculum

As a political science major, you will learn from experienced OSU faculty in the only online political science degree with extensive coursework in environmental politics and policy. At the end of this program, you will earn either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science in political science from Oregon State University.

Andy Edwards

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 »

Political science majors must complete five main areas in order to graduate:

  1. Baccalaureate core: 48 credits plus a Writing Intensive Course (WIC) of at least 3 credits
  2. College of Liberal Arts core: 15 credits
  3. B.A./B.S. requirements: 15 – 24 credits
  4. Political science major: 52 credits
  5. Electives: as needed to meet the 180 credit minimum to graduate

Course topics include:

  • 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

A total of 180 quarter credits are required to graduate, including 60 upper-division credits. To view the political science major requirements, please visit Oregon State’s official academic catalog. And please check out the following pages if you need additional information about the baccalaureate core or the College of Liberal Arts core.

Transfer credits

Some of the degree requirements can be transferred from other colleges and universities. Please note that a minimum of 45 credits of the last 75 must be completed at Oregon State (online or on campus) to meet the academic residency requirement. Previously earned credits will need to be reviewed upon admittance into OSU for appropriate articulation. Additional information about transferring credits is available through the Single Course Search tool provided by OSU's Office of Admissions.

Add a minor

OSU Ecampus students have the ability to add a minor to their degree program. OSU offers a diverse selection of minors online. Combine political science and a business minor or political science plus a fisheries and wildlife minor to create an even more powerful resume fit for today's job market. 

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