Mar 23, 2023  
NSU Catalog 2022-2023 
NSU Catalog 2022-2023

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Government (BA)

Location(s): Northern State University Campus

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No grade below a “C” will be accepted in a course taken to fulfill the Government requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students demonstrate the ability to comprehend basic concepts, make connections, and showing original thinking.  (Cross-curricular Skill: Inquiry and Analysis)
  • Students combine or synthesize existing ideas, images, or expertise in original ways and experience of thinking, reacting, and working in an imaginative way characterized by a high degree of innovation, divergent thinking, and risk taking. They effectively communicate disciplinary principles orally and in writing. (Cross-curricular Skill: Critical and Creative Thinking)
  • Students show knowledge of the institutions and practices of American Government and can apply them to current affairs. (Cross-curricular Skill: Civic Knowledge and Engagement)
  • Students should show historical and moral imagination and communicate such reasoning in an effective manner.  (Cross-curricular Skill: Ethical Reasoning)
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to develop a thesis statement and addressing that thesis in an articulate manner.  (Cross-curricular Skill: Problem Solving)

Security Studies (3 credits)

  • POLS 207 - Introduction to Homeland Security 3 credits
  • POLS 403 - Counterterrorism and Cyber Security 3 credits
  • POLS 454 - International Law and Organization 3 credits
  • POLS 455 - International Human Rights 3 credits

International Relations/Comparative Politics (3 credits)

Political Science Electives (9 credits)

Total: 38 credits

General Education Requirements

Baccalaureate degrees - 30 credits

Associate degrees - 24 credits

Goal #1: Written Communication (6 credits Baccalaureate/Associate)

Student enrollment in the initial English course is determined by the Board of Regents placement policy found in the Academic Affairs Guideline 7.6.B.

Goal #2: Oral Communication (3 credits Baccalaureate/Associate)

Goal #4: Arts and Humanities (6 credits Baccalaureate [in two disciplines]/3 credits Associate)

Baccalaureate - Six (6) credits hours (in two disciplines).

Goal #5: Mathematics (3 credits Baccalaureate/Associate)

Student enrollment in the initial Mathematics course is determined by the Board of Regents placement policy found in the Academic Affairs Guidelines 7.6.A.

Goal #6: Natural Sciences (6 credits Baccalaureate/3 Credits Associate)

Associate Degree Flexibility (3 credits)

Students have the flexibility to select an additional three credits from Goal #3, #4, or #6 with courses selected from different disciplinary prefixes.

Degree Requirements (BA) - 9 credits

Human Values (3 credits)

Arts and Humanities (6 credits)

Two additional courses from those listed in General Education Requirements Goal #4. The courses must be from different disciplines than those selected to satisfy General Education Requirements Goal #4.

A total of four courses are required for the BA degree:

  • One year sequence of a foreign language.
  • Two courses from different disciplines than foreign language.


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