B.A. Political Science

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Norfolk State University
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

The Department of Political Science offers one undergraduate degree program, the Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science is a degree designed to fulfill a wide range of career goals in the field of Political Science. Career areas of interest include, but are not limited to, the following: Law, Public Administration, Urban Planning, International Affairs, and U.S. Politics and Theory. Contact the department for specific courses related to career areas of interest.


To receive the Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, a student must:

  • Complete Spartan Seminar Series (SEM 101, 102 and 201) with a minimum grade of “C.” An exemption approval form is available in the academic departments.
  • Complete the General Education Core requirements.
  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0.
  • Have a minimum of 120 semester hours of credit.
  • Meet all requirements of the curriculum leading to the degree.
  • Have spent a minimum of two semesters in residence at Norfolk State University and have earned a minimum of 30 semester hours of credit during this period, including all of the courses required by the senior year curriculum.
  • Meet core competency requirements.


The basic objectives of the degree program are as follows:

  • To provide fundamental training for students planning careers in law, public management,political research, teaching, foreign affairs and urban planning.
  • To prepare students to be able to examine critically, evaluate and analyze contemporary issues in politics.
  • To prepare students with the appropriate academic background (i.e., knowledge base and communication skills), which can aid them in performing well in graduate/professional school, in their careers and in the global community.