Social Sciences — Political Science

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Local:$ 31 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 31 k / Year(s)  
StudyQA ranking:3763 Duration:48 months

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Students interested in political science have the option of pursuing the B.A. in International Political Economy & Diplomacy or the B.A. in Social Science/Political Science Track. Political Economy and Diplomacy represent two of the important areas of concentration within Political Science. The B.A. in International Political Economy & Diplomacy is especially designed for students interested in working in areas such as the foreign service, with an international organization or with a non-governmental organization (NGO). The B.A. in Social Science/Political Science track has a more general focus and students may easily transfer between either of the majors during the first two years of study in the College of Public and International Affairs.

Students choosing the Political Science Track within the B.A. in Social Science may take up to one third of their courses in Political Science. They are required to take a minimum of 24 credits in political science which include the six semesters hours needed to fulfill the B.A. in Social Science requirement as well as 18 semester.

Careers in Social Sciences

Career opportunities traditionally available to liberal arts students are much enhanced by the flexibility that the Social Science major permits. In its interdisciplinary approach, its emphasis on breadth as well as depth of learning, and its focus on practical skills, this program prepares students for leadership roles in their communities and the world, and for self-fulfillment and success in their careers. Career tracks:

  • Non Government Organization
  • Civil Service
  • Law Enforcement
  • Risk Analyst
  • Law Office Assistant
  • Lobbyist
  • Community Planner
  • Market Researcher
  • Teacher
  • Human Resource Director

Learning Outcomes

The learning outcomes for the Social Science Program are as follows:

  • Students will possess a broad, liberal arts foundation and an understanding of how developments in social and intellectual history shape and affect human values and institutions.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of basic social science research methods.
  • Students will demonstrate that they are conversant (i.e., possess a basic grasp) in the disciplines subsumed under the "social science" rubric at the University of Bridgeport, i.e., political science, economics, international studies, and sociology.
  • Students will demonstrate a more advanced "working knowledge" of at least one social science discipline.
  • Students so inclined will demonstrate they possess the cognitive competencies and study skills to succeed in advanced/graduate studies in any of the social sciences or in law or business.
  • Students will demonstrate that they have the competencies needed to function competently in an entry-level social science-related career.
  • Students will demonstrate competency in written and oral communication.
  • * Note for all International College majors, a portfolio is collected to track progress in programmatic outcomes

    Detailed Course Facts

    Application deadline July 1 is the last date to apply for the Fall Semester which begins late August/early September;November 1 is the last date to apply for the Spring Semester which begins mid-January Tuition fee
    • USD 30965 Year (National)
    • USD 30965 Year (International)
    Start date September 2015 Credits 120
    Duration full-time 48 months Languages Take an IELTS test
    • English
    Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time More information Go To The Course Website

    Course Content

    Program Requirements

    Group I

    • Economics 6
    • History 6
    • Psychology 6
    • Sociology 6

    Group II

    • SOSC 395 Thesis 3
    • SOSC 300 Methods Seminar 3
    • Total Major Semester Hrs 36

    Concentration in Political Science (18 Semester Hours from the following)

    • PSCI 101 American Government 3
    • PSCI 103 Intro to Political Science and Political Science Research Methods 3
    • PSCI 204 Government and Politics Abroad 3
    • PSCI 206 Political Economy of North South Relations 3
    • PSCI 207 World Politics 3
    • SOSC 207 World Regional Geography 3
    • PSCI 209 Introduction to United Nations Studies 3
    • PSCI 305 International Relations 3

    Additional PSCI courses may be approved by the Political Science advisor

    Free Electives

    • 12 Total Credits

    Foreign Language

    • 12 Total Credits

    General Education Requirements

    12 Total Credits

    • FYS 101 First Year Seminar 3
    • ENGL 101 Composition & Rhetoric 3
    • MATH 105 Intermediate Algebra 3
    • Humanities HU 6
    • Natural Science NS 6
    • Social Science SS 6
    • Fine Arts FA 3
    • CAPS 390 Capstone Seminar 3
    • Liberal Arts Electives 9

    Total Semester Hrs: 120

    English Language Requirements

    IELTS band : 6 TOEFL paper-based test score : 500 TOEFL iBT® test : 61

    To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you to

    take an IELTS test.


    You can demonstrate proof of English Language competency by meeting any one of the criteria listed below:

    1. A letter certifying completion of level 6 at the University’s English Language Institute (ELI).
    Attainment of a satisfactory score on the University of Bridgeport’s English Language Assessment Battery (ELAB).

    2. A minimum TOEFL score of 500 (PBT), 173 (CBT), or 61 (IBT) for undergraduates and a minimum score of 550 (PBT), 213 (CBT), or 80 (IBT) for graduates (post-graduates).

    3. A minimum IELTS (Cambridge Testing) Band score of 6.0 for Undergraduates and a minimum Band score of 6.5 for graduates (post-graduates).

    4. A transcript from an accredited American university indicating a grade of “C” or better in one semester of college English Composition.

    5. Critical Reading SAT score of 400 or above; or ACT English score of 19 or above.

    6.An official letter certifying completion of ELS (English Language Service) through level 112.

    7.An official letter certifying completion of CSE (The Center for English Studies) through level 7.5.

    8. A Michigan English Assessment Battery (MELAB) score of 69 or above for undergraduates and score of 77 or above for graduates.

    9. A Prueba de Aptitud Academica (PAA) English achievement score of 500 or above.

    10. A level of “Advanced” on the English Language Proficiency Test of the College Board.

    11. An official “O” level or “A” level Certificate indicating a grade of “C” or better in English.

    12. An EIKEN score of Grade 2A or above for undergraduates and a score of Grade Pre-1 or above for graduates.

    13. A score of 4 or better on the “English A” Higher Level examination in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program.

    14. WAEC, WASSE, CXC, etc. – Score of “C” or better on English Language exam.

    15. A minimum Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) score of 44 for undergraduates and a minimum PTE Academic score of 53 for graduates (post-graduates).

    You must demonstrate English language competency in one of the ways listed above. If you don’t demonstrate English language competency in one of these ways prior to registration, you will be given the University English Language Assessment Battery (ELAB) test upon arrival. If you pass at a satisfactory level, you may begin classes.

    Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

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