Accelerated Bachelor's and Master's Degree Program: B.A./B.S. in Political Science/M.Ed. in Higher Education (Instructional Track: Political Science)

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The accelerated B.A./B.S. in Political Science/M.Ed. in Higher Education (Instructional Track: Political Science) degree is designed to provide students with a knowledge of the general scope of political theory and practice alongside an advanced understanding of the skills necessary for instruction and administration in post-secondary educational institutions. Students are equipped to teach political science and/or lead higher education governance.

Undergraduate Requirements
B.A. B.S.
Developing A Christian Mind 3 3
  DCM 2301
English 12 9
  ENGL 1301, 1302, 2301, and/or 2302
Fine Arts 3 3
  FINE 1306
Foreign Language 6-14* 0
  *Six hours at the 2000 level if adequate prerequisites are met
Foundations for Excellence 0-1 0-1
  FOUN 1101 is required of all first-year and transfer students with fewer than 15 credit hours. (AP, CLEP, IB, or dual/concurrent credit earned while in high school does not count toward these 15 credit hours.)
History 6 6
  HIST 1301, 1302, 2301, or 2302
Kinesiology 0-2 0-2
  KNES 1101 and one additional activity course (KNES 1102-1122); for veterans or those 25 years of age or older prior to enrollment at DBU, KNES courses are waived.
Mathematics 3-4 3-4
  (B.A.) MATH 1301, 1303, 1307, or 1405
(B.S.) MATH 1303, 1307, or 1405
[Math Advising Tool (eMAT) required prior to registering for any Math class or any class for which the eMAT is a prerequisite.]
Natural Science (1000 or 2000 level courses only) 3-4 15

One laboratory science (B.A.) or 15 credit hours of laboratory science (B.S.) selected from two or more areas of Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geology, Physical Science, or Physics.

Religion 6-9 6-9
  RELI 1301, 1302 and three additional credit hours depending on credit hours transferred at time of initial enrollment.
Total General Studies Hours 42-58 45-52
B.A./B.S. in Political Science
Political Science Courses 24
  POLS 2301 American National Government
POLS 2302 State and Local Governments
POLS 3305 Constitutional Law
POLS 4305 American Political Tradition
POLS 4310 Fundamentals of International Relations (S-L)
And nine additional elective Political Science hours with a minimum of 6 upper-level hours (excluding POLS 4306, POLS 4309, and POLS 4315).
Electives 29-45 35-42
  • In order to satisfy the "Undergraduate only" portion of an accelerated degree plan, sufficient lower-level and upper-level elective hours must be taken to complete the minimum number of Undergraduate credit hours required for each specific accelerated degree.
  • For this accelerated degree, a minimum of 111 degree-applicable Undergraduate credit hours is required.
  • As part of this accelerated degree plan, 9 shared Graduate hours will be counted toward a minimum of 42 upper-level Undergraduate credit hours required for all bachelor's degrees. This equates to a total of 33 Undergraduate upper-level credit hours required.
Total Undergraduate Hours 111
Shared Undergraduate/Graduate Courses 9
  POLS 5304 American Diplomatic History
POLS 5311 Political Communication
POLS 5313 Religion and Politics in the United States
Remaining Graduate Requirements
M.Ed. in Higher Education (Instructional Track: Political Science) Courses
Required Courses 30
  DISC 5302 Biblical Servant Leadership
HIED 5300 College and University Administration
HIED 6373 Methods for the Higher Education Administrator
HIED 6310 Legal Aspects and Finance in Higher Education
HIED 6320 Practicum in Higher Education (S-L)
HIED 6330 Research Methods in Higher Education
HIED 6340 History and Philosophy of Higher Education
HIED 6361 Teaching, Learning, and Student Development
The remaining 9 credit hours will be chosen from Political Science graduate course offerings.

(S-L) = Course(s) with field-based service-learning component.

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