Bachelor of Arts
Politics and public policy strongly influence the public, private, and nonprofit sectors of the economy. They determine everything from the amount of tax dollars allocated to the National Park Service and national defense, to the minimum wage companies must pay employees, to the permissible political activities of nonprofits, to the licensing requirements professionals (e.g., accountants, educators, and nurses) must satisfy before they are legally eligible to work in their discipline. No industry or social element is immune to the effects of politics and public policy.
The Aurora University political science and public policy program couples content area instruction in government, economics, and domestic and foreign policymaking with practical experience in electoral campaigns, public opinion polling, political communication, policy analysis, and advocacy to provide students with a versatile skillset that can be marketed to a diverse array of employers. Students might spend one semester producing a political advertisement that could be used by a political party or interest group to swing public opinion in its favor, or they might work with a team to design and implement a survey that could be used by a government agency to gauge popular support for a proposed policy. In another semester, students might craft a grassroots lobbying campaign or analyze data to develop solutions to a pressing social problem.
Upon completion of the political science and public policy program, students will be prepared for careers in public policy and administration, government service, advocacy, and other fields. The program is also an ideal second major for students studying business, criminal justice, education, marketing, psychology, or social work. For students who are considering graduate or law school, the program is very effective in preparing them for the highly competitive Graduate Record Examination and the Law School Admissions Test. Our graduates have successfully competed for admission at the national level. Aurora University political science and public policy graduates have been accepted to outstanding graduate and law schools across the United States.
|Required Foundational Courses|
|PSC-1050||Introduction to Public Policy||4|
|PSC-2160||Economics for Public Policy||4|
|PSC-2700||Research Methods for Public Policy||4|
|Required Methods Courses|
|PSC-2550||Political Advocacy: From the Grassroots to K Street||4|
|PSC-2600||Designing Political Campaigns||4|
|PSC-3130||Gauging Public Opinion||4|
|PSC-3410||Pressing the Agenda: Politics of Media||4|
|Required Issues-Based Course|
|Select 4 semester hours of the following:||4|
|Comparative Public Policy|
|U.S. Domestic Policy|
|U.S. Foreign Policy|
|Required Capstone Courses|
|PSC-4700||Capstone in Political Science and Public Policy||4|
|PSC-4940||Internship in Political Science and Public Policy||4|
Undergraduate Degree Requirements
A student who graduates from Aurora University with a baccalaureate degree will have met the following requirements:
- Completion of all requirements for an approved major (with no grades lower than “C”).
- Overall completion of at least 120 semester hours of coursework with a GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale (a course may be utilized only once in application toward a degree requirement, unless otherwise noted in the academic regulations). The 120 semester hours of coursework must include:
- At least 52 semester hours completed at a senior college.
- Residency Requirement - At least 30 semester hours completed at Aurora University, including the last 24 semester hours in the degree, and including at least 18 semester hours in the major. (Portfolio assessment credit, life and vocational experience credit, off-campus experience credit, examination credit, participation credit, and block credit, shall not count toward the residency requirement).
- Upper-Division Requirement - A minimum of 30 semester hours numbered 3000 or above. Of these 30 semester hours, 15 semester hours must lie within the major and 15 semester hours must be completed at Aurora University.
- Completion of all General Education requirements (with no grades lower than “C”), as follows:
- Quantitative and Formal Reasoning competency requirement
- ENG-1000 Introduction to Academic Writing
- IDS-1200 Discover What Matters or GWC-1000 or IDS-3040 Global Justice
- IDS-1150 First Year Experience or GWC-4000 - Not required for Transfer or AU Online students)
- Satisfactory participation in the junior-year mentoring and assessment process designed to guide students to successful completion of their degree and to encourage planning for next steps beyond graduation. (IDS-3500 Junior Mentoring Program I and IDS-3550 Junior Mentoring Program II - Not required for ADC or AU Online students)
- Distribution Requirements
Students will complete one approved course1 from each of the following categories:
- Artistic Literacy
- Cultural Literacy
- Human Inquiry
- Scientific Inquiry
In addition to the above, ADC and Online students will also complete one approved course1 from the following category:
- Integration and Application
Only courses that are approved to meet the distribution requirement can be used toward this requirement. See the list of approved courses for available options. Courses taken to meet distribution requirements are 4 semester hours apiece, with the following exceptions:
The Political Science and Public Policy program has identified four learning outcomes:
- Political and Public Policy Perspective – Students will approach social, economic, and political problems through a political and public policy lens. Students will demonstrate an ability to define public policy problems, generate policy recommendations, specify the evaluative criteria on which those options may be assessed, and examine the effectiveness of a public policy.
- Data Analytics – Students will use scientific reasoning and data analytics to make political and public policy recommendations.
- Ethical Decision Making – Students will identify the ethical standards to which politicians, policy analysts, and political scientists are expected to adhere throughout their careers, and they will articulate strategies for identifying and responding to the ethical dilemmas that exist in the public sector.
- Communication – Students will demonstrate written and oral communication skills appropriate to careers in politics, public policy, and political science. In addition, students will be able to communicate professionally to diverse audiences, recognizing that the method and style of the communication might change based on the intended recipient.