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Bachelor of Arts in Political Science Online

Complete Coursework: as little as 12 months Credit Hours: 120 Tuition: $288 per credit hour

A degree in political science can change your life.

Earn your Bachelor of Arts in Political Science 100% online from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. It's an accelerated, affordable way to diversify your career options. And it's the same top-quality program as on campus, accelerated to allow you to complete your degree in as little as 12 months. Choose from one of three minors and shape your studies to fit your career goals.

Our online BA offers smart advantages!

  • Every course is 100% online
  • Tuition is affordable—just $288 per credit hour
  • Courses are only 8 weeks
  • You can earn your BA in as little as 12 months
  • Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Choose from six convenient start dates

Develop real-world skills—right now.

The Bachelor of Arts in Political Science provides an in-depth study of American government, to ensure graduates have a basic knowledge of political systems and how institutions of government operate to solve social and political problems. Examine national, state and local political institutions. Learn research methods and how to analyze data, and study the U.S. judicial system. Students will be encouraged to develop a global perspective that will prepare them to assume future leadership roles.

Learn from savvy professionals.

Every one of our nationally recognized UTPB online political science courses is taught by the same respected faculty members who teach on campus. And just as important, they are committed to mentoring their students. In the National Survey of Student Engagement, 99 percent of UTPB seniors reported that their professors provided prompt feedback on their academic performance.

Apply your knowledge to a variety of professional fields.

This Bachelor of Arts program is designed to give graduates a pathway to a wide range of exciting career opportunities in areas such as public service, data-driven analysis, politics and lobbyism, law, education, journalism, finance, and more. You'll feel more confident knowing that you've prepared yourself to succeed in a very competitive job market. Research shows that individuals with a bachelor's degree earn more and have a lower risk for unemployment than their less-educated peers.

Online Courses


For the Bachelor of Arts in Political Science online program, students must complete 120 credit hours, including 42 hours of general education courses, 36 hours of political science core courses, 18 hours of minor courses, and 24 hours of electives. View a list of available general education courses.

Required Courses

An examination of American national political institutions and processes. Satisfies state requirement in U.S. government.
An examination of state and local political institutions and processes. Satisfies state requirement in Texas government.
An introduction to the research process. Focus on formulating hypotheses, the process of data acquisition, basic methodology, literature reviews, and research proposals.
Focus on conducting political analyses. Course includes basic components of correlation and linear regression, the basic components of multiple regression, and instruction in writing empirical research papers.

Upper Level Courses

Students must take 24 hours of upper-level courses from the following course options.

An examination of the U.S. Congress. Topics include congressional elections, constituency relations, institutional structures and processes, and policymaking roles.
An examination of elections, campaigns, and voting behavior.
An examination of the presidency in the U.S. political system. Topics include presidential elections, public politics, institutional structures and processes, and policymaking roles.
A topical examination of the enduring issues in western political thought. Consideration will be given to the nature of citizenship, the function of the state, the sources and structure of authority and society, the magnitude of states, and the external relations of states.
A comparative examination of the political systems of selected economically developed nations.
A survey of American public administration and the role of the bureaucracy in the formulation and implementation of public policy.
An examination of the U.S. judicial system, focusing on the role of law and courts in society, judicial system structures and processes, and judicial policymaking.
An introduction to the processes, theories, and institutions within international relations.
An examination of contemporary issues in energy policy.
An examination of the interplay among the politics, history, and the myths of the American West.

Minor Option: Communication

18 hours are required for this minor, including 12 hours of upper division courses. Choose from the following courses.

This course enables students to analyze and practice communication in one-on-one relationships. Topics include problem solving, decision-making, working with diversity, information processing, understanding of self and others, and effective speaking and listening skills in interpersonal contexts.
Explores theories of rhetoric ranging from ancient Greece to modern times. Students examine different concepts of how rhetoric is a tool for public power as well as its use to transmit common ideas in the Western intellectual heritage.
Students are introduced to the relationship between modern media and their dynamic interaction with culture.
This course identifies the major areas of nonverbal communication and the current terminology used in the field. Relevant connections of nonverbal to other areas of communication will be presented.
An introductory course that surveys the history, development, and future directions of the field of communication. Equal emphasis is placed on understanding application of theory to everyday situations and learning introductory approaches to research.
Introduction to measurement and analysis techniques used in communication fields. Web-based research and dataset analysis and statistical methods.
The study and practice of communication strategies involved in preparing for and responding to crises. While a wide range of crises are considered, the course pays particular attention to corporate crises.
Survey of communication theory including approaches to understanding media influences on society and theories of human interaction.
An examination of the complex dynamics that drives messages in organizations. The course will focus on application of nonlinear dynamic approaches to human and mediated communication in an organizational environment.
An exploration of how various research techniques used to identify public groups are translated in messages in various media.
An exploration of the theoretical perspectives in understanding person-to-person communication. The course includes personal and professional perspectives.

Minor Option: Psycholology

18 hours are required for this minor, including 12 hours of upper division courses. Choose from the following courses.

Foundation for the understanding of basic psychological principles affecting human behavior (A prerequisite to all other courses in psychology).
Measures of central tendency, variability, correlation and hypotheses testing, with emphasis on the application of statistical methods to research in the behavioral sciences and education. Prerequisite: must have fulfilled general education mathematics requirement.
Interrelationships between individuals and their social environment, considering social influences upon motivation, perception, behavior and development, and change of attitudes and opinion.
Variables involved in the development, maintenance and treatment of a variety of behavior disorders.
Examination of theories and research on biological, cognitive, social, emotional and personality factors that affect individuals from infancy through old age. Prerequisite: PSYC 1301.
This course will focus on psychological strengths and areas of personal growth among individuals, such as love, optimism, and self-efficacy.
Introduction to the planning and execution of psychological research.
Major factors affecting the development of psychology as science of behavior, with emphasis upon philosophical roots of major psychological concepts.
Neurophysiology and neuroanatomy. Variables that contribute to behavioral effects in the areas of sensation, perception, motivation and learning.
Pharmacologic basis of psychotropic drugs and their associated abuses. Theories of cause and treatment of abusers are reviewed.
Applications of psychological principles to industrial problems such as personnel selection and appraisal, employee motivation and satisfaction, and the influence of organizations on behavior.

Minor Option: Sociology

18 hours are required for this minor, including 12 hours of upper division courses. Choose from the following courses.

Students are introduced to the basic concepts and theories used to study the nature of social processes and the structure of society.
Measures of central tendency and dispersion, elementary probability theory, the binomial and chi-square distribution, tests of hypotheses and parameter estimation and simple correlation and regression. Emphasis is on the application of statistical methods to research in the social sciences.
This course involves the study of the development of sociological thought and perspectives through the examination of the ideas of classical and contemporary theorists; these may include Marx, Durkheim, Du Bois, Martineau, Parsons, Gramsci, or Lukacs among others. Substantive theories of social organization are examined.
Analyzes dramatic changes occurring in the work lives of Americans and considers the future of American workers within the global economy. Explores emerging labor markets and technology in shaping contemporary American work settings.
This course will consider the social consequences of the economic and environmental impact of energy choices in the U.S. and globally and how they shape societal norms and values. It will develop a critical understanding of the social attitudes, norms, values and behaviors toward energy consumption.
Focuses on theories of social inequality as applied to the exercise of power and large-scale social control. Issues of class, race and gender and other inequalities are considered in the U.S. and globally.
Relationship between political and social structures with emphasis on the concepts of power, ideology, elites, class, and politics.
Social and cultural factors associated with the definition, occurrence, and experience of health and illness. An examination of the social determinants that affect the etiology and distribution of illness and the social organization of the medical profession and the hospital.
The role of substance abuse in family violence, child rearing and marital discord. Various ways of intervening to moderate the effects of substance abuse in families will be discussed.
The course provides a comprehensive overview of social science research methods, with emphasis given to the concepts used in the conduct of research, measurement strategies, and research designs. This course includes a one-semester credit hour lab that focuses on the steps undertaken in the completion of a research paper. Required for all sociology majors.
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