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Political Science, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Dearborn Heights, MI, United States
Political Science, broadly defined, is the study of political power and the ends to which that power is used. It is “political” in the sense that it concentrates on the institutions and processes of political systems that exercise power in an authoritative way. 


Politics deals with "who gets what," and political science is the study of that process of getting and maintaining power. It is an attempt to define and analyze the processes by which individuals define their interests and interact to promote those interests. At the same time it is the study of the moral ends to which power is used. The six officially defined areas of specialty within the political science major are: American Politics, Political Theory, Public Policy, Comparative Politics, International Relations, and Research Methodology. Political science prepares students for possible careers in public administration; federal, state, and local elected office; public policy analysis; lobbying, journalism, political consulting, law, and graduate work leading to teaching, research, or administration at the university level.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Applications are accepted until the first day of class each semester. To receive full consideration for various freshman scholarships, apply by December 15. 

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include

  •   Intro Comparative Government   
  •   Intro to Public Administration    
  •   Intro to Political Theory    
  •   Political Analysis   
  •   The Theory of the Law  
  •   Justice    
  •   American Political Thought   
  •   Race/Justice/Freedom in Amer     
  •   Marxist Thought     
  •   Moral and Political Dilemmas    
  •   Ancient Political Theory    
  •   Modern Political Theory     
  •   Int Group and Pol Process     
  •   American State Government     
  •   Issues in Amer Pol Thought     
  •   The American Presidency    
  •   The American Judicial Process     
  •   Criminal Law     

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

Freshmen who have attended secondary school abroad are expected to meet the same general admissions requirements as U.S. students.   

Academic performance in high school

  • Successful completion of secondary school program before enrollment at UM-Dearborn
  • Solid preparation in the traditional academic college-preparatory subjects is required (English, math, science, social studies), by pursuing a general academic (non-vocational) program of study - see specific requirements by country
  • Trend of grades and mix of academic courses will be considered

SAT and/or ACT test scores

  • The highest composite test score is used in the Admission decision

Language proficiency test (TOEFL, MELAB, IELTS)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    183 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 183 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    183 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 183 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    105 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 105 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Dearborn Heights

  • 1000 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


UM-Dearborn offers many sources of funding each year to assist students with their academic and living expenses.  There are countless funding resources available from outside the university.  Students are encouraged to actively research all applicable scholarship opportunities.  

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.


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