May 23, 2024  
Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024 
Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024

Politics, B.A. and Masters of International Development M.S. 3+2

Location(s): West Palm Beach Campus (Day)

154 Credit Hours


Graduation Requirements

Conferral of a Baccalaureate degree in this program of study is determined by successful completion of the Baccalaureate Graduation Requirements outlined here .

NOTE: Students must earn 42 upper level (3000-4000) credit hours in order to graduate. A total of at least 21 of these upper level credit hours must be completed in the selected major.

Visit this program’s information page  for additional program-specific requirements.

Faith, Roots, and Reason (General Education) - 43 Credit Hours

Politics majors must meet the Baccalaureate Degree Requirements (Bachelor’s Degrees)  as set out in Faith, Roots, and Reason (General Education) Program . The Faith, Roots, and Reason (General Education) Social Science and Global Studies requirements are fulfilled through other courses in this major. Only 37 of the 43 credit hours of General Education will still be required for the completion of this program.

Politics, B.A Program - 56-59 Credit Hours

Politics Courses - 42 Credit Hours

Politics Elective Courses - 18 Credit Hours

Student must select six (6) elective courses from the following lists, for a total of 18 credit hours. Student must select at least one (1) course from each category.

School of Liberal Arts and Sciences Additional Natural Science Requirements - 5 Credit Hours

Students in the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences must take five additional hours of natural science: 1 lab to accompany the course taken for general education [BIO 1043 , BIO 1023 , ESC 1043 , OCY 1043 , FOR 1003 PHY 1033 , PHY 1063 , or PHY 2113 ] and one additional natural science course and accompanying lab. The two natural sciences must be in different areas:  The two natural sciences must be in different areas: one must be a life science (biology) and the other must be a physical science (chemistry, physics, oceanography, earth science, or forensic science).  In sum, students are required to take a minimum of 8 hours of natural science courses (one life science and one physical science, with their associated labs). 

Modern Language Requirement - 3-6 Credit Hours

Politics majors are required to successfully complete (with a final grade of C- or higher):

  • one intermediate modern language course (3 Credit Hours), OR
  • two elementary modern language courses (6 Credit Hours), OR
  • one elementary and one intermediate modern language course (6 Credit Hours).

Politics majors who choose another major or minor with its own language requirements may elect to use the language requirement of that major or minor as a substitute for their Politics modern language requirement.

Meets the Faith, Roots, and Reason (General Education) Global Studies requirement.

Note: No CLEP, AP, IB, or transient study credits may be used to fulfill this requirement. These credits must be fulfilled at PBA.

Economics Courses - 6 Credit Hours

The following are required for the Master’s of International Development Program:

Additional Required Credit Hours - 16-19 Credit Hours

This program must include a minor or an additional major.



Masters of International Development Program - 42 Credit Hours

Masters of International Development students must complete all degree requirements of the Masters of International Development program.

Concentrations: Development Economics and Finance, Development Policy, or Applied Cultural Studies


Students wishing to teach Political Science, grades 6 –12, should complete a state-approved Professional Training Option (PTO). See Secondary Education Minor for details.


Sample Degree Plan