Program Overview

Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado offers a BA in Government degree. The program is 120 credits—38 credits are for general education courses, 36 credits are for government specialization courses, and 46 credits are used for electives. Students are to select a specialization of political theory, American politics, comparative politics, or world politics. A minimum grade of C in all coursework must be earned in order to graduate. Students are also to earn at least a 70% on the HGP Senior Assessment.

The BA Government curriculum is designed to give students a strong foundation of political and governmental knowledge. This degree may be used towards pre-requisites towards graduate school, law school, and careers in politics. Students must complete HGP core courses, which include, American Government, US History, and Senior Seminar. Additionally, students must complete at least 42 credits of upper pision courses (300/400 level).

The Political Theory specialization encompasses topics of ancient political theory, modern political theory, American thought, and a couple others. The American Politics specialization includes courses of current political issues, constitutional law, legislative process, public opinion, and special topics. The Comparative Politics specialization includes courses of Pacific Rim/21st Century World, political movements in Latin America, women & politics, and special topics. Lastly, the world politics specialization includes courses of international relations dynamics, US-Latin American relations, and special topics. 

Government majors are required to meet technology proficiency; this can be completed by taking BUS120, CSCI100, or an equivalent transfer course. This proficiency must be completed by the end of sophomore year. Additionally, students must submit a writing portfolio by the seventh week of the penultimate semester prior to graduation, in order to demonstrate the students’ writing proficiency. The credits for electives may be transferred from other institutions or taken at ASU. These credits are only used for electives and not anywhere else for the degree requirements.  

Additionally, all students at ASU are required to meet the residency requirement. Students must complete at least 30 semester credits of ASU courses at an off-campus site or by completing online courses, which are approved, and in the distance-learning catalog. Credits that are earned in online courses have the same distinction as campus based courses, in order to meet residency requirements or other requirements for other degree programs at ASU.

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    Degree Level: Bachelor

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    School Overview

    "Great Stories Begin Here" is not simply a slogan at Adams State University. Student success is the result of a caring campus culture and a highly qualified faculty focused on teaching and excellence within their disciplines. An intimate campus with tree-lined walkways, state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories, supportive programs, and vibrant student life await Adams State students. 

    Founded in 1921 as a teachers' college, Adams State is a university offering undergraduate majors, minors and emphases. ASU also offers master's degree programs and a doctoral program – most offered online. New academic programs are developed to address student and societal need. 


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