Political Science, B.A.

30 Credit Hours
Admits: Fall, Spring & Summer
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Boost Your Career With Your Online Degree in Political Science

Have you thought about pursuing a major in political science? Would a degree in political science allow you to further your career aspirations?

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s online Bachelor of Arts degree in political science program is a degree-completion program that may be for you. By choosing our online degree in political science, you will build knowledge of and insights into the fields of American politics, international politics, comparative politics and political philosophy. You may also choose to apply your analytical skills to a specific research question or public issue.

UNC Charlotte’s online degree program makes earning your bachelor’s degree and boosting your career options not only possible but practical. With a major in political science, our degree program graduates are well-prepared for careers in areas such as research analysis, journalism, urban and regional planning, government service, the legal system, politics and more.

Earning your bachelor’s degree with a major in political science is ideal for learners who:

  • Have already earned some college credit or an associate degree
  • Work full-time or part-time or have responsibilities that make it challenging to attend classes in person
  • Delayed entering college after high school for work, military service or other reasons
  • Prefer flexible options for completing their college degree


Students are generally able to complete the 30-credit hour major in political science in 12 months if enrolled full-time, or 24 months if enrolled part-time. The total time to earn your degree depends on how many college credits you have already earned. Transfer students who have earned at least 24 transferable credit hours are also welcome to apply.

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» Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies
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Application Deadlines for New Students: 

  • July 1 (fall) 
  • November 15 (spring)
  • May 1 (first half summer term)
  • June 1 (second half summer term)

Application Deadlines for Returning Students: 

  • July 29 (fall)
  • December 1 (spring)
  • May 1 (summer)

Admissions & Requirements: 

  • The online Political Science major is designed for learners who:
    • Earned college credit before coming to UNC Charlotte
    • Work full or part-time or has responsibilities caring for others
    • Delayed entering college after high school for work, travel, or military service
    • Prefer flexibility in completing a college degree.
  • Students admitted to the online Political Science major and the online pre-Political Science major qualify for distance education tuition and fees for all courses and are considered distance education (DE) students.
  • Prospective students who have fewer than 24 transferable credit hours should apply for an on-campus program and can submit a change of major request after earning a total of 24 transferable credit hours.
  • In order to be awarded the bachelor’s degree, students must complete a total of 120 credit hours with 30 credit hours in the major.

New Student to UNC Charlotte:

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  • Prospective students with at least 24 transferable credit hours should apply at the transfer student portal.
  • Provide all post-secondary transcripts.
  • Don’t forget to submit the application fee.

Returning Student to UNC Charlotte:

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  • Students returning to UNC Charlotte after a 12 month absence should apply for readmission.
  • Provide all post-secondary transcripts.
  • Don’t forget to submit the application fee.
  • Are you a returning UNC Charlotte student with 90+ credit hours? You may qualify for a fee waiver as a 49er Finish student.

How will your courses transfer to UNC Charlotte?

  • Transferable courses must be college-level and have a grade of C or higher.
  • Utilize the Transfer Credit Advisor for a list of courses that were previously transferred from your institution.
  • Course equivalency lists are not exhaustive for any school except North Carolina community colleges.

Major (30 hours)

  • Introductory Courses (9 credit hours): 
    • POLS 1110: American Politics
    • POLS 1130: Comparative Politics
    • POLS 1150: International Politics
  • Methods (4 credit hours): 
    • POLS 2220: Political Science Methods
  • Senior Research (3 credit hours)
    • POLS 4600: Senior Seminar
  • Major electives: (17 credit hours) 
    • Political Philosophy Course
      • POLS 1170: Introduction to Political Philosophy OR
      • POLS 3177: Social and Political Philosophy
  • POLS electives 11-14 credit hours. The online options may vary from year to year, but will likely include:
    • POLS 3104: Mass Media
    • POLS 2120: Introduction to Public Policy 
    • POLS 3125: Healthcare Policy 
    • POLS 3126: Introduction to Public Administration
    • POLS 3128: Politics and Film
    • POLS 3116: Judicial Process


  • Electives as needed to complete 120 hours. Students may take a variety of electives including courses in project management, leadership, and human resource management.

General Education

  • The 2023 General Education requires students to complete 10 courses of lower-division general education relating to the four competencies – critical thinking, communication, intercultural, and quantitative/data – that are fully integrated into the requirements for each major.
    • POLS 1110 is required in the major and is offered in an online program.
    • STAT 1222 will be offered in the online program and satisfies 3 credits of Quantitative / Data requirements

Foreign Language

  • Students earning a degree in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences must demonstrate proficiency in the language of their choice through the 1202 level. This can be accomplished by:
    • Transferring in with an A.A., A.S. or A.F.A. degree
    • Completing three years of the same language in high school
    • Earning transfer or transient credit at a college or university accredited by an accepted accrediting body (NC community colleges would be SPA 111 and SPA 112 for Spanish. Check the Transfer Credit Advisor for other schools and languages.)
    • Achieving a satisfactory score on the foreign languages placement test (in Spanish, French, or German)
    • Completing the courses at UNC Charlotte through the Online Language Exchange.
    • Combination of the above methods.

*Rates are subject to change* 


  • $189.48 per credit hour

Outside of NC Non-Resident:

  • $348.32 per credit hour

Non Resident:

  • $800.40 per credit hour​

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What Can You Do With Your Online Bachelor of Arts in Political Science?

Some UNC Charlotte political science degree holders go on to graduate school to earn a Master of Public Administration degree or even a Ph.D. in public policy. Others may go on to law school or another professional graduate program.

Lightcast, a global leader in labor market analytics research, collectsjob and salary data from UNC Charlotte graduates. Lightcast reportsthat our graduates have obtained positions as:

  • Lawyers
  • Management analysts
  • Paralegals and legal assistants
  • Chief executives
  • Managers
  • Project management specialists
  • Public relations specialists

Some of our political science program graduates go on to work on political campaigns — and run for office themselves. Others have been hired at companies such as:

  • Wells Fargo
  • Bank of America
  • United States Army
  • Lowe’s
  • Amazon
  • City of Charlotte
  • North Carolina General Assembly
  • United States Congress

Lightcast also reports that the average salary for selected political science alumni is $81,500.

Why UNC Charlotte?

Why Earn Your Online Degree in Political Science From UNC Charlotte?

UNC Charlotte offers you a number of advantages, such as:

  • Earn your online degree in political science in as little as 12 months. Our classes are asynchronous, meaning you can complete your coursework when it’s convenient for you. Learn around your busy schedule and your busy life.
  • Learn from experienced political science faculty. Our accomplished faculty includes instructors with political science experience and experts who focus on helping you become a political science expert yourself. They are flexible and supportive, helping to mentor you in your educational pursuits.
  • Experience the same courses and content as in-person learners. The courses for our political science degree program are taught with the same rigor as our face-to-face courses, cover the same amount of course material and are taught by the same faculty.
  • Stand out with a respected, top-tier degree. UNC Charlotte is ranked #4 in the nation for online bachelor’s degrees by U.S. News & World Report. You will earn a highly regarded online degree that employers respect.