MSU Billings Catalog

Political Science Bachelor of Science Degree

Required Courses

General Education Requirements 131
Required Courses
PSCI 210Intro to American Government *3
PSCI 220Intro to Comparative Govt *3
PSCI 230Intro to International Rel *3
PSCI 240Introduction to Public Admin3
PSCI 342Media, Public Opinion, Polling3
or PSCI 427 Research Methods
WRIT 201College Writing II3
Restricted Electives
Select a minimum of 12 credits from at least 2 of the 4 Areas of concentration below. Of the 12 credits, at least 9 must be upper division (300-400 level).12
Area 1: International Relations and Comparative Politics
International Conflict
Comparative Political Economy
Area 2: The Legal System
Federal Indian Law
Language and Law
Const Law: Civil Liberties
Const Law: Powers & Structures
Area 3: U.S. Government
Intro to State and Local Govt
American Foreign Policy
Political Parties & Elections
Media, Public Opinion, Polling
American Presidency
U.S. Congress
Courts and Judicial Politics
Area 4: Public Administration
Public Policy Analysis
Public Organizational Theory
Ethics & Public Policy
Other Courses which may be used to satisfy Restricted Electives:
Special Topics
Independent Study
Internship/Cooperative Educ
Restricted electives selected with advisor approval6
Minor or Extended Major
Select one of the following options:
Option 1
Unrestricted Electives32
Option 2
In lieu of a minor, students may choose the Political Science Extended Major. This option requires 15 additional credits from the lists above, for a total of 45 major credits.
Extended Major15
Unrestricted Electives38
Total Minimum Credits120

The following General Education courses also satisfy requirements in the major: PSCI 220, PSCI 210, and PSCI 230. Please refer to the General Education requirements.


May satisfy General Education requirements.

Certain courses in this program have prerequisites; students should check the course descriptions for required prerequisites.