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Political Science, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
Columbia, MS, United States
Students of Politics study with broader purpose.  Here at the Mississippi University for Women, we develop skills too often left out of traditional political science programs: skills that allow our students to carry their knowledge out of the classroom, take action, and solve problems.  .
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Overview

Study Politics at the W

The discipline of Political Science, or Politics, is one of the oldest taught in the United States. Why? Because early Americans were striving to create a government of the people, by the people, and for the people. If American democracy was going to work, they reasoned, it would require citizens to develop civic virtues (tolerance, civil deliberation, etc.) and become well-versed in the mechanics of government action. There is no less need for this training today.

That's why our  B.A. degree in political science at Mississippi University for Women is specifically designed to equip students for democratic engagement and leadership in addition to scientific analysis. Majors take two methods courses:  a traditional course covering the scientific analysis of social problems, the other honing their skills in local government and community organizing; in both, students apply what they learn to real problems. Courses are issue-focused, encouraging students to address the critical questions of our time, with a focus on active citizenship, local-to-global politics, and democratization, especially in the case of the American South. Many can be paired with a one-hour "lab," freeing individual students to earn additional credit hours whenever they find an opportunity for field research, political activism, or internship work that is relevant to the course subject. Before graduating, each politics major also completes an internship, ensuring they gain experience working in a professional setting.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • The Study & Practice of Politics 
  • American Government 
  • Affecting Political Change 
  • Social & Poltical Analysis 
  • World Politics 
  • Southern Politics 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    71

    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:

    5.5

    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.

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  • Minimum required score:

    525

    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

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2 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

Admission requirements national

  • Students must submit high school transcripts and ACT* or SAT* scores. Students are required to complete the College Preparatory Curriculum (CPC listed below and meet ACT or SAT requirements.)
Admission requirements international
  • International Students at The W join a diverse, multi-cultural community of students from over a dozen nations. And being consistently ranked as one of the Top 20 public universities in the South, it's no wonder nearly 3,300 men and women call our university home. Students may choose from over 50 accredited academic programs in our four colleges.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    7524 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3762 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    7524 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3762 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Columbia

  • 800 - 1300 USD/month
    Living Costs

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Funding

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