2019–2020 Walden University Catalog (March 2020) 
    Dec 03, 2021  
2019–2020 Walden University Catalog (March 2020) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

BS in Political Science and Public Administration

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This program is no longer accepting new students. Current students must complete their programs of study in accordance with Walden’s Time-to-Degree Completion policies.



Delivering a unique blend of theory and application, Walden’s BS in Political Science and Public Administration program helps prepare students to advance their careers in public service or in the private sector—empowering them to effect positive change in their organizations and their communities. This degree can also help set the foundation for graduate study across a variety of disciplines, including law and public administration.

Through Walden’s new BS in Political Science and Public Administration program, students will have the opportunity to:

  • Explore the foundations of American government, as well as contemporary issues and debates related to constitutional law and the judicial process.
  • Understand the tools, skills, and strategies of today’s successful public-sector leaders and the intricacies involved in shaping public policy.
  • Examine the ethical considerations facing leaders today and learn how to build organizations that reflect strong values.
  • Address top issues and challenges in 21st-century global politics, from energy and trade to human rights and healthcare.
  • Develop essential leadership skills in human resources, communications, planning, and budgeting.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Explain the constitutional, legal, institutional, and political foundations of American government.
  2. Explain the historical development and contemporary context of public administration in the United States.
  3. Define ethical leadership and evaluate its importance in contemporary government and public administration.
  4. Explain the principal dimensions of major global issues and their relevance to choices made at the national, state, and local levels.
  5. Identify key debates over political principles that have endured over time and describe how these debates manifested in several contemporary political controversies.
  6. Explain how public policy is formulated and implemented.
  7. Describe how public sector organizations function with their political, social, and economic context.
  8. Demonstrate how the methods of political science, public administration, or social entrepreneurship can be used to solve problems and create positive social change.

Degree Requirements

  • 181 total quarter credits
  • General education courses (46 cr.)
  • Core courses (35 cr.)
  • Concentration courses (0-25 cr., depending on concentration)
  • Elective courses (70-95, depending on concentration)
  • Capstone course (5 cr.)


General Education Courses (46 cr.)

See the general education   section of this Walden University Catalog.

Note: A minimum of 55 quarter credits must be completed at the 3000 or 4000 level in order to meet program requirements. In some cases, this means that students will need to select 3000- or 4000-level courses as either general education or elective options. Students should consult their student success advisor if they have questions about individual program requirements.

Concentration Courses (0–25 cr.)

These courses are dependent upon the particular concentration. Please see the course list on each concentration page.

Electives (70–95 cr.)

Electives are dependent upon the particular concentration. Please see the elective requirements on each concentration page.

Capstone Course (5 cr.)

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