Political Science, B.A.

30 Credit Hours
Admits: Fall, Spring & Summer
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Program Tabs


The online Political Science major is a degree-completion program for those seeking a bachelor’s degree at UNC Charlotte to progress in one’s current field or to prepare for a career change.

The program is designed to train students to fill roles in:

  • research analysis
  • community and social service management
  • teaching and journalism
  • urban and regional planning
  • federal, state and local governments
  • project management in public, private, and non-profit organizations 
  • political campaigns and public office

The program is 100% online and designed to be flexible for working professionals. 

The bachelor’s degree can be completed in as little as five semesters if enrolled full-time, and seven semesters if enrolled part-time.

Graduates of the program will learn critical skills for positions in the field of political science. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Human resource specialists • Community and social service managers • Urban and regional planners • Federal, state and local government administrators • Legal and business sector professionals


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: 

  • Aug 2 (fall)
  • Dec 15 (spring)
  • May 7 (first half summer term)
  • June 15 (second half summer term)

Admissions & Requirements: 

  • This program is designed for adult learners who are transferring to UNC Charlotte with an associate degree or 60+ hours of transferable college credit. Any student with an Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Associate in Engineering, or an Associate in Fine Arts from an NC Community College receives an exemption for general education at UNC Charlotte. Similar degree titles from out-of-state community colleges are reviewed when a student completes the transfer application process and may award the general education exemption if the degree’s requirements align closely with the UNC Charlotte general education curriculum. The Associate in Applied Science will not award the general education exemption. 
  • Prospective students with 60 or more hours of transferable college credit who have not earned an associate degree should contact adultstudents@uncc.edu to speak with an advisor before applying.
  • If you do not meet the requirements, but have at least 24 hours of transferrable credit, please contact the Office of Adult Students and Extended Services (OASES) for further guidance: adultstudents@uncc.edu, 704-687-5104.

New Student to UNC Charlotte:

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  • Prospective students with an approved NC community college associate degree can apply directly to the online program through the transfer student portal.
  • Provide all post-secondary transcripts.
  • Application fee must be paid for your application to be processed.

Returning Student to UNC Charlotte:

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How will your courses transfer to UNC Charlotte?

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

General Education: 

  • Students will be admitted with most or all general education requirements completed. 
    • POLS 1110 is required in the major, satisfies social science general education, and is offered in an online program. 
    • All LBST courses will be offered online with specific course offerings rotating each term. 
    • STAT 1222 will be offered in the online program.

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.

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


  • 51-59 as needed to complete 120 hours

*Rates are subject to change*


  • $188.48 per credit hour
  • $6,031.00 est. program cost

Outside of NC Non-Resident:

  • $347.32 per credit hour
  • $11,114.00 est. program cost 

Non Resident:

  • $748.23 per credit hour​
  • $23,943.00 est. program cost