BA in Political Science

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Political Science Program Overview

Our online Bachelor of Arts in Political Science program was designed for students who want to build knowledge that can prepare them to thrive in a variety of careers and those who wish to gain a foundation for law school.

Key topics addressed within our program include American politics at national, state, and local levels, comparative politics (differences in international political systems), and judicial politics. Through completion of the program’s courses, you’ll acquire a strong understanding of how governments are structured and how their various agencies function and interact with one another.

This flexible program can be tailored to your unique circumstances. Finish your BA in political science online in as little as one year or take more time in accordance with your personal needs and professional goals. Throughout the program, you’ll remain engaged in a supportive environment comprised of highly experienced faculty who want to help you meet your long-term goals.

Careers for BA in Political Science Graduates

A BA in political science from The University of Texas Permian Basin can position you to follow one of many rewarding career paths, including:

  • Policy Analyst
  • Legislative Assistant
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Political Consultant
  • Public Servant
  • Journalist
  • Attorney
Political Science General Education

Students must complete 42 credits from the following areas of study to complete general education requirements: communication (6 credits); U.S. history (6 credits), language, philosophy, and culture (3 credits); mathematics (3 or 4 credits); life and physical sciences (6 credits); political science (6 credits); creative arts (3 credits); creative arts (3 credits); social and behavioral science (3 credits); component area (3 credits).

Courses
Duration
Credits
ENGL 1301 - Composition I
8 weeks
3
Composition I offers intensive instruction in the writing process (prewriting, drafting, revising, and proofreading), emphasizing the recursive nature of the process and the importance of the relationship among writer, audience, and subject. The course will also explore the connection between writing and critical thinking and the usefulness of writing as a tool for learning in all fields of knowledge. Students enrolling in Composition I will be expected to have a good command of standard written English.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Whole Fall 2021 Whole Spring 2022 Spring A 2022 Spring B 2022
ENGL 1302 - Composition II
8 weeks
3
Composition II covers argument, rhetorical analysis and the research paper. In this course students analyze and respond to texts of various kinds through essays and research papers. Students will learn to defend their points of view by using textual evidence and strong rhetoric. Readings and exercises help student learn to write broad-minded, well-informed essays in polished academic prose that moves and educates the reader.
Prerequisites: ENGL 1301 - Composition I
Semesters Offered: Whole Fall 2021 Fall B 2021 Whole Spring 2022 Spring B 2022
ENGL 2322 - British Literature to 1800
8 weeks
3
Chronological survey of major works in British Literature from Anglo-Saxon times, through the Restoration and late 18th century.
Prerequisites: ENGL 1302 - Composition II
Semesters Offered: Whole Fall 2021 Whole Spring 2022
ENGL 2323 - British Literature Since 1800
16 weeks
3
Chronological survey of major works of British Literature from the late 18th century (about 1800) to the Modern Period.
Prerequisites: ENGL 1302 - Composition II
Semesters Offered: Whole Fall 2021 Whole Spring 2022
ENGL 2327 - American Literature to 1865
8 weeks
3
Chronological examination of writers, works, and movements in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry through 1865.
Prerequisites: ENGL 1302 - Composition II
Semesters Offered: Whole Fall 2021 Whole Spring 2022
ENGL 2328 - American Literature Since 1865
16 weeks
3
Chronological examination of writers, works, and movements in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from 1865 to the present.
Prerequisites: ENGL 1302 - Composition II
Semesters Offered: Whole Fall 2021 Whole Spring 2022
EDBI 6323 - History and Politics in Bilingual Education
8 weeks
3
A historical perspective of the development of bilingual education in the United States, including political facts, legislation, court rulings, and pedagogical research on English language learners.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Fall B 2021 Summer A 2022 Fall B 2022 Summer A 2023 Fall B 2023 Summer A 2024
HIST 1302 - History of the United States Since 1877
8 weeks
3
A survey of major social, economic, and political developments in the United States from 1877 to the present.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Whole Fall 2021 Whole Spring 2022
PLSC 2305 - American National Politics
8 weeks
3
An examination of American national political institutions and processes. Satisfies state requirement in U.S. government.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer A 2022
PLSC 2306 - State and Local Politics
8 weeks
3
An examination of state and local political institutions and processes. Satisfies state requirement in Texas government.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer B 2022
MATH 1314 - College Algebra
8 weeks
4
Study of quadratics, polynomial, rational, logarithmic, and exponential functions; systems of equations; progressions; sequences and series; and matrices and determinants.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Whole Fall 2021 Whole Spring 2022
MATH 2412 - Precalculus
8 weeks
4
College algebra (sets, functions, relations, logic), trigonometry (circular functions, logarithms, and exponential functions), and analytic geometry (standard form conic sections).
Prerequisites: MATH 1314 - College Algebra MATH 1324 - Applications of Discrete Mathematics
Semesters Offered: Whole Fall 2021 Whole Spring 2022
MATH 2413 - Calculus I
8 weeks
4
Differentiation of functions of one variable, introduction to integration.
Prerequisites: MATH 2412 - Precalculus
Semesters Offered: Whole Fall 2021 Whole Spring 2022
COMM 1301 - Introduction to the Study of Communication
8 weeks
3
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.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer A 2022
BIOL 1306 - General Biology I
8 weeks
3
Introduction to the biological sciences, with emphasis on the structure, function, and physiology of the cell: genetics, and bioenergetics. The first of the two semester freshman biology sequence for Biology majors and minors, and all disciplines that require the majors Biology sequence, although students of all majors may take it to fulfill general education science requirements.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Whole Fall 2021 Whole Spring 2022
BIOL 1106 - General Biology I Laboratory
8 weeks
1
Laboratory methods in the biological sciences, directed toward the structure and function of the cell.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Whole Fall 2021 Whole Spring 2022
BIOL 1307 - General Biology II
8 weeks
4
Introduction to the biological sciences, with emphasis on the biology of organisms, their evolution, and the environment. The second of the two semester freshman biology sequence for Biology majors and minors, and all disciplines that require the majors Biology sequence, although students of all majors may take it to fulfill general education science requirements.
Prerequisites: BIOL 1306 - General Biology I
Semesters Offered: Whole Spring 2022
BIOL 1107 - General Biology II Laboratory
8 weeks
1
Laboratory methods for the study of the structure, function, and the environment of organisms.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Whole Spring 2022
BIOL 1308 - Biology for Non-Science Majors
8 weeks
3
A survey of the fundamental principles that apply to living organisms. These include cell structure and function, genetics, evolution, physiology, biodiversity, and ecology.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Whole Spring 2022
BIOL 1108 - Biology for Non Science Majors Laboratory
8 weeks
1
The laboratory will provide practical and interactive experiments and demonstrations of concepts covered in BIOL 1308.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Whole Spring 2022
CHEM 1311 - General Chemistry I
8 weeks
3
An introduction to chemistry, fundamentals of atomic structure and bonding, periodic chart, chemical nomenclature, equations, and reactions.
Prerequisites: MATH 1314 - College Algebra
Semesters Offered: N/A
CHEM 1111 - General Chemistry Lab I
8 weeks
1
Experiments related to principles and topics covered in CHEM 1311.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered:
CHEM 1312 - General Chemistry II
8 weeks
3
Continuation of Chem 1311. Kinetics, equilibria, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, environmental chemistry, nuclear chemistry, and organic chemistry.
Prerequisites: CHEM 1311 - General Chemistry I CHEM 1111 - General Chemistry Lab I
Semesters Offered: N/A
CHEM 1112 - General Chemistry Lab II
8 weeks
1
Experiments related to principles and topics covered in CHEM 1312.
Prerequisites: CHEM 1311 - General Chemistry I CHEM 1111 - General Chemistry Lab I
Semesters Offered:
GEOL 1301 - Physical Geology
8 weeks
3
Survey of Earth’s structure, composition, and the dynamic processes that have resulted in the modern distribution of the Earth’s geographic regions, landforms, resources, and geologic hazards.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Whole Fall 2021 Whole Spring 2022
GEOL 1101 - Physical Geology Laboratory
8 weeks
1
Laboratory methods in the physical geological sciences.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Whole Fall 2021 Whole Spring 2022
GEOL 1302 - Historical Geology
8 weeks
3
Study of Earth’s origin, geologic time, and the major sequential physical and biological events that culminate in the modern distribution of ecosystems. Special emphasis is placed on the geological history of North America.
Prerequisites: GEOL 1301 - Physical Geology GEOL 1101 - Physical Geology Laboratory
Semesters Offered: Whole Fall 2021 Whole Spring 2022
GEOL 1102 - Historical Geology Laboratory
8 weeks
1
Laboratory methods in historical geology, with emphasis on paleontology.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Whole Fall 2021 Whole Spring 2022
PHYS 2325 - University Physics I
8 weeks
3
Basic concepts of Newtonian mechanics, fluid mechanics, and thermodynamics using calculus.
Prerequisites: MATH 2413 - Calculus I
Semesters Offered: Whole Fall 2021 Whole Spring 2022
PHYS 2125 - University Physics I Laboratory
8 weeks
1
Experiments in Newtonian mechanics, fluid mechanics, and thermodynamics.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Whole Fall 2021 Whole Spring 2022
PHYS 2326 - University Physics II
8 weeks
3
Basic concepts of oscillatory motion, electricity, magnetism, nature of light, optics, relativity, and quantum theory using calculus.
Prerequisites: PHYS 2325 - University Physics I PHYS 2125 - University Physics I Laboratory
Semesters Offered: Whole Fall 2021 Whole Spring 2022
PHYS 2126 - University Physics II Laboratory
8 weeks
1
Experiments in oscillatory motion, electricity, magnetism, nature of light, optics, and quantum theory.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Whole Fall 2021 Whole Spring 2022
ARTS 1301 - Art Appreciation
8 weeks
3
The study of art, its role in society, the creative process, and standards of artistic judgment.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Whole Fall 2021 Whole Spring 2022
ARTS 1303 - Art History Survey I
8 weeks
3
A study of the history of art from prehistoric to the Renaissance.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Fall B 2021
ARTS 1304 - Art History Survey II
8 weeks
3
A study of the history of art from the Renaissance to the post-modern era.
Prerequisites: ARTS 1303 - Art History Survey I
Semesters Offered: N/A
DRAM 1306 - Introduction to Theatre Arts
8 weeks
3
Introduction to Theatre Arts provides students the opportunity to learn to engage in the collaborative arts which are put into practice in the crafting of a stage production: dramatic writing, theatrical design and technology, acting and directing. Students undertake short projects in each of these fields and then work as a group to mount a performance at semester’s end.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered:
MUSI 1301 - Jazz, Pop & Rock
8 weeks
3
Historical introduction to jazz and the American popular song, including rock and roll.
Prerequisites: MUSI 1306 - Music Appreciation MUSI 1311 - Music Theory and Aural Skills I
Semesters Offered: Whole Fall 2021 Whole Spring 2022
MUSI 1306 - Music Appreciation
8 weeks
3
A non-technical survey course designed for the intelligent appreciation of Western and non-Western music styles represented throughout history. Recordings, videos, and live performance help illustrate the influence of music within the various fine arts.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Fall B 2021
ECON 2301 - Principles of Macroeconomics
8 weeks
3
A description of major economic problems facing modern societies is presented together with how the capitalistic market system addresses these issues. The emphasis is on macroeconomics theory and practice.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Whole Fall 2021 Fall A 2021 Whole Spring 2022 Spring A 2022
ECON 2302 - Principles of Microeconomics
8 weeks
3
Individual consumer and producer choices are analyzed. Emphasis is placed on supply and demand relationships, utility concepts, and cost and revenue curves as they relate to price theory and various forms of competition. Completion of ECON 2301 is recommended, but not required.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Fall B 2021 Spring B 2022
LEAD 1301 - Introduction to Leadership Studies
8 weeks
3
Introduction to leadership studies and practices in modern society.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered:
PSYC 1301 - Introduction to Psychology
8 weeks
3
Foundation for the understanding of basic psychological principles affecting human behavior
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Whole Fall 2021 Fall A 2021 Fall B 2021 Whole Spring 2022 Spring A 2022 Spring B 2022
SOCI 1301 - Introduction to Sociology
8 weeks
3
Students are introduced to the basic concepts and theories used to study the nature of social processes and the structure of society.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Whole Fall 2021 Fall A 2021 Fall B 2021 Whole Spring 2022 Spring A 2022 Spring B 2022
COMM 1315 - Introduction to Public Speaking
8 weeks
3
Introduces students to the theory and practice of public speaking, with an emphasis on invention, arrangement, and delivery of informative and persuasive speeches. Further emphasis is given to the reduction of anxieties associated with public speaking.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Fall A 2021 Spring A 2022 Summer A 2022 Fall B 2022
Required Courses

A major in Political Science requires 36 sch in Political Science including 12 sch of required courses.

Courses
Duration
Credits
PLSC 2305 - American National Politics
8 weeks
3
An examination of American national political institutions and processes. Satisfies state requirement in U.S. government.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer A 2022
PLSC 2306 - State and Local Politics
8 weeks
3
An examination of state and local political institutions and processes. Satisfies state requirement in Texas government.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer B 2022
PLSC 3301 - Research Methods for Political Science
16 weeks
3
An introduction to the research process. Focus on formulating hypotheses, the process of data acquisition, basic methodology, literature reviews, and research proposals.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Spring A 2022
PLSC 3302 - Statistics for Political Science
16 weeks
3
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.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: N/A
Upper-Level Courses

At least 24 sch of additional upper-level PLSC courses.

Courses
Duration
Credits
PLSC 3321 - Comparative Politics
8 weeks
3
A comparative examination of the political systems of selected economically developed nations.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer A 2022
PLSC 3330 - Judicial Politics
8 weeks
3
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.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Fall A 2021
PLSC 4327 - International Relations
8 weeks
3
An introduction to the processes, theories, and institutions within international relations.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer B 2022
PLSC 4351 - Political Theory
8 weeks
3
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.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Fall A 2021
PLSC 4353 - Congressional Politics
8 weeks
3
An examination of the U.S. Congress. Topics include congressional elections, constituency relations, institutional structures and processes, and policymaking roles.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Spring A 2022
PLSC 4354 - Presidential Politics
8 weeks
3
An examination of the presidency in the U.S. political system. Topics include presidential elections, public politics, institutional structures and processes, and policymaking roles.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Fall B 2021
PLSC 4357 - American West
8 weeks
3
An examination of the interplay among the politics, history, and the myths of the American West.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Fall A 2021
PLSC 4325 - Latin American Politics
8 weeks
3
An examination of Latin America history, political institutions, and political processes.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Spring B 2022
PLSC 4345 - Public Policy
8 weeks
3
An examination of the processes, theories and institutions of public policy making in the U.S. Specific policies include: economic policy, environmental policy, education policy, and crime policy.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Whole Fall 2021
PLSC 4347 - Public Administration
8 weeks
3
A survey of American public administration and the role of the bureaucracy in the formulation and implementation of public policy.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered:

Admission Requirements

In order to prevent delays in processing applications, UT Permian Basin is temporarily modifying the freshman admission process by moving to a test-optional policy for Spring 2021, Summer 2021, and Fall 2021. See the Test-Optional Policy section below for additional details.

Transfer Student Admission Requirements

  • Minimum of 24 transferable credit hours from a regionally accredited college or university
  • GPA of 2.0 or higher in previous college-level coursework
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
    • Dual-credit high school courses must be included
  • Completed application

Incoming Freshman Admission Requirements

If you have completed less than 24 hours of transferable college-level work from a regionally accredited college or university after graduating from high school or receiving your GED, please provide the following:

  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (including dual-credit work while in high school)
  • Official high school transcript showing GPA, class rank, and expected graduation date or GED scores
  • SAT and/or ACT scores from within the last five years (see below for minimum score requirements)
  • Completed application

Official Transcripts

Official copies of transcripts must come directly from the school in a sealed envelope and should be mailed to:

UT Permian Basin 
Office of Admissions 
4901 E. University Blvd. 
Odessa, TX 79762

Official transcripts in electronic format can be sent to admissions@utpb.edu.

Minimum Score Requirements for Freshman Admission

High School Graduation Class Rank SAT ACT
Top 25% No minimum score No minimum score
2nd Quarter 1020 20
3rd Quarter 1160 24
4th Quarter 1280 27

Application Fee

The application fee is $40.

If you are a freshman applicant, you may request a fee waiver when you apply by sending us your official college application fee waiver form provided by the SAT or ACT. You may also request a fee waiver if the Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) listed on your Student Aid Report is zero.

Test-Optional Policy

Students will be reviewed on a holistic basis focusing on the strength of the high school record, overall grade point average, grades within the core subjects, dual credit work, and additional information (resume and/or extracurricular activities, leadership opportunities, and work experience provided with the ApplyTexas application). We also recognize the value of standardized tests as a piece of the review process and will consider scores alongside the other required application credentials, if provided. 

Associate Professor
College of Arts and Sciences
emmert_c@utpb.edu

Dr. Emmert received his PhD from Florida State University in 1988. He teaches multiple courses within the political science program. Dr. Emmert is an acknowledged expert in American politics, constitutional law, and judicial politics and behavior. He has published in some of the most esteemed periodicals in the political science field, including Judicature, American Politics Research (formerly American Politics Quarterly), the Journal of Politics, Social Science Quarterly, Political Research Quarterly, Latin American Research Review, and the Journal of East Asian Studies.

Assistant Professor
Political Science Program Coordinator
College of Arts and Sciences
mcmichael_t@utpb.edu

Dr. McMichael received his PhD from Texas Tech University in 2015. He teaches courses in research, statistics, and international politics and relations for the program. He is an expert in game theory, empirical modeling (econometrics), and Japanese politics. Dr. McMichael has published in journals including the Japanese Journal of Political Science and Asian Survey and co-authored the forthcoming book Toxic Chemicals in America: Policies, Trends, and Controversies in Public and Environmental Health with fellow program professor Dr. Robert Perry.

Associate Professor
College of Arts and Sciences
perry_r@utpb.edu

Dr. Perry received his PhD from Texas A&M University in 1995. He is an expert in both international and comparative political economy, political theory, and the American West and teaches courses in those and other areas. He has published in the Journal of Theoretical Politics, International Studies Quarterly, the Journal of Public Policy, and the Social Science Journal. Dr. Perry has also co-authored the books The Comparative Analysis of Nations and Toxic Chemicals in America: Policies, Trends, and Controversies in Public and Environmental Health.

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