B.A. Online

Political Science

Pennsylvania State University

48 months
590 USD/credit 18142 USD/year
590 USD/credit 18142 USD/year
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Focus on reasoning and political theory as you learn to analyze domestic politics and the politics of other nations. This online Political Science program at Pennsylvania State University can help prepare you for a career in the growing field of political science or provide background for graduate studies.


Maximize your career potential, transition to civilian life or prepare for graduate school with the online Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Penn State World Campus. This degree is designed for students who want to develop an in-depth understanding and engage in analysis of domestic politics, the politics of other nations, and political theory.

Through extensive course work in political science at Pennsylvania State University, you will develop analytical reasoning and critical thinking skills while gaining substantive expertise in one or more areas of political science. This degree provides maximum flexibility when selecting classes, allowing you to tailor your program of study to suit your goals for specialized or general knowledge of politics and related fields. 


Upper-level courses in the political science program emphasize research-based writing projects that allow you to hone sought-after skills for employment in a variety of fields, including government, law, business, journalism, and the nonprofit sector.

This degree provides excellent background for graduate work in law, public policy, public administration, and political science. If you are a military student, this degree can help you expand your knowledge and refine your skills to advance your career as a civilian in the government or within the military.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • American National Government
  • Contemporary Political Ideologies
  • Scientific Study of Politics
  • International Relations
  • Comparative Politics—Western Europe 
  • Rights in America
  • Quantitative Political Analysis
  • Analyzing Public Policy in the American States
  • The Politics of Terrorism

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  • Part-time
    • 48 months

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123 alternative credits



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • To apply for this program, you must be a high school graduate, or have completed your GED. 
  • High school transcripts or GED transcript
  • Official college or university transcripts, if you attended another institution, and/or official military transcripts (if applicable).
  • Transcripts not in English must be accompanied by a certified translation.
  • Submit official documents by mail

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    18142 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 590 USD per credit during 48 months.
  • National

    18142 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 590 USD per credit during 48 months.

or $632 per credit if you have 60 or more credits


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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