• Course Delivery
    100% Online
  • Total Credits
    120
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $349.70
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $930.00
The Bachelor of Arts in Political Science program is intended to help students understand the fundamentals of scientific-based inquiry, the postulating of cause-effect relationships, and the marshaling of evidence using quantitative or qualitative methods to draw conclusions about problems in politics.UMSLs Political Science majors want to make a difference. Our graduates are working to make a better world as leaders of public, nonprofit, and business organizations in the United States and around the globe. They include elected officials, judges, agency heads, attorneys, corporate public affairs executives, university professors, secondary school educators, foundation officers, and policy advocates.

Admissions & Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. 2.3 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.

Application Deadlines

Rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials.

Courses

Core
  • POL SCI 1100Introduction to American Politics3 Credits

    Introduction to basic concepts of government and politics with special reference to the United States, but including comparative material from other systems. Course fulfills the state requirement.

  • POL SCI 1500Introduction to Comparative Politics3 Credits

    This course introduces students to western and non-western systems. It examines similarities and differences in the basic political ideologies, structures, economies, social institutions and governmental processes of developed and developing countries. It also provides frameworks for understanding the cultures of the world that are the basis for formal economic and political institutions. In addition, the course examines the role of non-state institutions, including trans-national ones, in shaping national policies. It uses case studies from Africa, Asia, Latin America, as well as Europe, to enhance student understanding of comparative politics. (This course fulfills the cultural diversity requirement.)

  • POL SCI 1800World Politics3 Credits

    An introduction to the field of international relations, covering such topics as nationalism, power, foreign policymaking, diplomacy, war, terrorism, arms control and disarmament, economic interdependence, the regulation of conflict, and other aspects of politics among nations.

  • POL SCI 2000Political Analysis3 Credits

    An introduction to political analysis, emphasizing both the logic of inquiry and practical methods. Students learn about the construction and evaluation of theories that relate to real-world politics. They also have an opportunity for hands-on experience with qualitative and quantitative methods including graphics, descriptive statistics, cross-tabular and correlational analysis, hypothesis testing, and computer applications.

  • POL SCI 3950Senior Seminar in Political Science3 Credits

    Required of all political science majors in their last year of coursework as an integrative, capstone experience. Emphasis is on student-faculty interaction in a seminar format designed to engage upper-level students in a critical examination of a broad theme in political science, leading to the production of a major research paper. Topics vary. May be repeated. This course is not available for graduate student credit.

Tuition & Fees

Missouri Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $349.70
  • Fees: $72.70
  • Total: $422.40
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1049.10
  • Fees: $218.10
  • Total: $1267.20
Missouri Non-Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $930.00
  • Fees: $72.70
  • Total: $1002.70
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $2790.00
  • Fees: $218.10
  • Total: $3008.10
Missouri Midwest Exchange Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $524.55
  • Fees: $72.70
  • Total: $597.25
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1573.65
  • Fees: $218.10
  • Total: $1791.75
Metro Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $349.70
  • Fees: $72.70
  • Total: $422.40
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1049.10
  • Fees: $218.10
  • Total: $1267.20
Tuition rates are subject to change.

What's it like to take a program online?

  • Earn a quality education online

    With more than 100 online programs to choose from across our four campuses, our online students have incredible access to career-advancing education. Our online courses are developed and taught by the same excellent faculty and instructors who teach the courses on campus. Whether you’re looking for an undergraduate education, graduate education, or a certificate program to further your career, one of our four campuses has an option to fit your needs.

  • Learning that fits your schedule

    Online learning provides students with the flexibility and freedom to attend classes whenever and wherever you are, in a way that is convenient for you. You can save time and money by being able to continue working and by avoiding relocation, travel and commuting costs. Courses must be completed in scheduled time frames, but in most cases, you can log in and complete course work whenever doing so best fits your schedule. Online education means learning on your terms – not the other way around.

  • Service you expect from a renowned University

    Our goal is to provide our online students with an excellent academic experience, without forcing you to make sacrifices in other areas of your life.

Want to learn more?