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Political Science, B.A., B.Sc.

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    Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
Sault Sainte Marie, MI, United States
Political Science is one of a number of liberal arts majors that prepare students for a broad range of career opportunities. Political science majors at Lake Superior State University choose one of three tracks or concentrations: general political science, pre-law, or public administration.
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Overview

Political Science at Lake Superior State University provides a combination of knowledge and skills especially appropriate for those with particular career goals. However, choosing one concentration over the others does not limit you to a particular career path — each of the tracks provides a solid grounding in political science and a broad liberal arts background.

With the skills they acquire in writing, speaking, analysis, critical thinking and leadership, political science majors are able to pursue a wide variety of career options (some of which require additional education).

Key facts:

A sample of typical occupations includes:

  • Attorney — Represents clients in private practice, in small or large law firms; represents corporations, labor unions, trade associations or governments as a salaried employee; serves as a prosecutor or public defender; serves as a judge. Requires the completion of a law degree following college.
  • Government Employee — Works for government agencies at the federal, state or provincial, or local level, or for international organizations, such as the United Nations.
  • Political Professional — Works as a campaign manager; staff assistant to legislators; elected office holder; or as a political liaison for professional, trade, business or other interest groups.
  • Journalist— Serves as reporter, editorial writer, editor or newscaster for newspapers, news magazines, or on radio or television.
  • Teacher—Teaches government and politics at the high school or college level.
  • Business Executive — Works in management, human resources, public relations or other areas in business.
  • Other Opportunities— Include preparation for graduate or professional schools in other fields such as business.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Admission for new freshmen and transfer students will typically close by the Friday before classes begin.

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    124 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • American Government and Politics
  • Political Science Research and Statistics
  • American Politics
  • Comparative Politics
  • International Relations
  • Political Philosophy
  • Argumentation and Advocacy
  • Public Relations 
  • Microcomputer Applications
  • Principles of Macroeconomics

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    61

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:

    6

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:

    500

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.4

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.4 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Submit your online application for free!
  • Submit official transcripts.
  • Submit test scores (optional).  Test scores will be considered supplemental information and will not impact an admissions decision.
  • If you have college credit through transfer, dual enrollment, advanced placement (AP), or early college programming, please submit an official transcript for each college or university that you’ve attended.
  • Health Insurance Requirements (only for international students)
  • Immigration Form (I-20) (only for international students)
  • Each student that receives a form I-20 will receive a unique SEVIS ID number assigned to him/her. The ID number and the I-20 form itself are used to obtain an F-1 Visa from a U.S. Consulate or Embassy abroad.  (only for international students)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    12456 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12456 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    12456 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12456 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    12456 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12456 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Sault Sainte Marie

  • 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.

Funding

More than 90% of full-time students receive aid.

Scholarships ranging from $500 to $8,000 are available to high school graduates and Michigan community college graduates. Students must be admitted to LSSU by March 1 for consideration.

LSSU participates in most federal and state financial aid programs.

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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