Political Science

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BACHELOR OF ARTS/BACHELOR OF SCIENCE Political Science attempts to understand who participates in the political process and, when they do not, what it means for society. Students study political theory, public law, comparative politics, international relations, public administration, and American politics. Flexibility is offered through internships and opportunities for independent study courses in areas where the department may not offer regular course work. The political science major prepares students for a wide range of local, state, national and international careers, in and around government. It also has great career versatility for students, developing skills in critical analysis, written and oral communications, leadership and judgment. It also provides preparation for admission to law school. OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY DEGREE REQUIREMENTS • 42 hours must be upper-division. • A 2.0 overall and 2.5 major GPA are required for graduation with a minimum grade of “C” in all POLS courses. • At least: 60 hours at a four-year institution; 30 hours completed at OSU; 15 of the final 30 or 50% of the upper-division hours in the major field completed at OSU. Limit of: one-half of major course requirements as transfer work; one-fourth of hours earned by correspondence; eight transfer correspondence hours.


TRANSFER MAP COURSES INCLUDE • Public Opinion and Polling • Politics in Contemporary Film • Oklahoma Politics • Politics of Western Europe • Women in Politics • American Foreign Policy • Public Policy • Politics in Latin America Evening, hybrid and online courses make it easy for students to pursue a degree while working.

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE? Use this chart below to see how long it will take you to complete your bachelor’s degree at OSU-Tulsa if you transfer with 60 credit hours from your two-year institution. If you transfer with fewer than 60 credit hours, the number of semesters will increase accordingly. CREDIT HOURS/SEMESTER

OSU is one of the best values in the Big 12 and has lower tuition and fees than many Tulsaarea schools and online-only institutions. Students taking 15 credit hours (full time) will pay approximately $5,237.25 per semester in tuition and fees and an estimated $630 for books and supplies. (Estimates based on 2017-2018 tuition and fee charges. Books and supplies will vary based on classes taken each semester.) OSU-Tulsa offers financial aid, scholarships and tuition waivers, with several dedicated specifically to transfer students. Possible options for Political Science majors include: • OSU-Tulsa Transfer Tuition Waiver Scholarship or • Regents Distinguished Transfer-Waiver Scholarship


• Tulsa Press Club – Governor Henry Bellmon – President’s Distinguished Scholarship • Senator Don Nickles Endowed Scholarship

Contact the OSU-Tulsa Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid at 918-594-8273 or tulsa.financialaid@okstate.edu to learn more.










You can increase the credit hours you take each semester by taking classes online or in a hybrid format, where classes meet one or two times in person and the rest of the time online.


Your Map to Success

Steps to take on your way to earning your OSU degree in Tulsa: FRESHMAN YEAR @ TWO-YEAR SCHOOL Meet with your academic advisor. Meet with an OSU-Tulsa academic counselor.

SOPHOMORE YEAR @ TWO-YEAR SCHOOL Complete admissions application to OSU. Meet with your academic advisor.

OSU-Tulsa has representatives on TCC campuses regularly and academic counselors can meet by appointment.

Meet with an OSU-Tulsa academic counselor to discuss how the credits you’re taking will transfer.

Follow OSU-Tulsa on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep up on events and activities.

Connect with faculty at OSU-Tulsa to learn more about the program and introduce yourself. Your OSU-Tulsa academic counselor can help with this.

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Submit your FAFSA with school code 003170 along with your OSU application to be considered for scholarships and financial aid.

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Attend Transfer Day in the spring or fall to finalize your transfer to OSU-Tulsa.


JUNIOR YEAR @ OSU-TULSA Meet with your OSU-Tulsa academic counselor to choose your classes.

Meet with your OSU-Tulsa academic counselor to make sure you’re on track to graduate.

Network with your peers and build experience for your resume by joining a student organization.

Complete graduation application prior to the beginning of your final semester.

Consider adding a minor or certificate to gain additional skills or pursue your unique interests.

Volunteer or complete an internship to gain valuable experience in your field.

Polish your research skills by attending workshops at the OSU-Tulsa Library.

Consider participating in research with faculty.

Research graduate degree and certificate options. Connect with OSU-Tulsa Career Services to explore internship opportunities and discuss your career goals.

Transfer admission requirements: 2.00 GPA for 60+ hours; 2.25 GPA for 24-59 hours; 2.25 GPA plus high school admissions requirements for 7-23 hours.

CAREER PATHS • Political scientist • Policy analyst • Law enforcement/ corrections officer • Legislative assistant • Activist/organizer • Political consultant • Corporate analyst • Public affairs adviser • Editor • Policy analyst


Attend Career Services workshops for job searching, resumes and interviews, then attend the OSU-Tulsa Career Fair. Apply to jobs or graduate programs. Walk in OSU-Tulsa’s Graduation Ceremony.

POTENTIAL EMPLOYERS • Foreign service officer • Lawyer • Lobbyist • Legislator • Administrator • Intelligence officer • Public relations specialist • Journalist • Teacher • Writer • Political campaign staff

• Federal, State, Tribal and Local Government • New Media Companies • K-12 School Districts • Colleges and Universities • Political Campaigns • Law Firms • Police Departments • Military • Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) • Arts and Cultural Organizations

• Corporations • Self-employed/Freelance Work • Hospitals/Health care providers • Non-profit organizations

Some of these careers may require extra training or education.

SALARY POTENTIAL In 2016, OSU Political Science graduates reported an average salary of $41,487 and a high salary of $75,000 per year. -HireOSUGrads.com

GRADUATE STUDY Many Political Science majors continue their education by pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree or graduate certificate. Related graduate programs available at OSU-Tulsa include: • Business Administration (MBA) • Educational Leadership Studies (master’s) • Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (doctoral)

• Mass Communications (master’s) • Political Science (master’s)* • School Administration (doctoral)

* Available at OSU Stillwater


OSU-TULSA PROSPECTIVE STUDENT SERVICES 918-594-8355 | tulsa.info@okstate.edu | tulsa.okstate.edu/transfer Interested in pursuing this program at OSU in Stillwater? We can put you in touch with a transfer admissions counselor.

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