​The combined Bachelor's/Master's degree programs allow students to complete 12 graduate credit hours while still undergraduates. These three graduate level courses will count toward both the undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

The Political Science (B.A.) offers two options:

  • Political Science (B.A.)/Journalism (M.A.)
  • Political Science (B.A.)/Secondary Education Social Sciences (M.Ed.)

Political Science (BA)/Journalism (MA)

Students with junior status who have earned a 3.25 grade point average (GPA) in their major courses and 3.0 cumulative GPA are eligible to apply to the program.  Applicants must submit the following to the Graduate Admission office by May 1:

  • B.A./M.A. Combined Degree Program Application
  • Official undergraduate transcript
  • Statement of purpose (750 words) explaining why the student is seeking admission to the program
  • A writing sample or project that demonstrates the applicant’s journalism ability
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors in the Political Science Department

Students are encouraged to complete PSC 315 and PSC 321 during their junior or senior year.  Also in their senior year, students shall complete twelve graduate credit hours of Journalism coursework which will fulfill undergraduate open electives.  Students admitted to the program must earn a grade of B or better in each of these three graduate courses.  If a student fails to meet the GPA requirement, they will not be allowed to continue as a graduate student in the program.

Students can defer their graduate admission for one year.  If students do not matriculate after completing their B.A. degrees, or within the one year deferral period, the graduate courses taken as undergraduate students will no longer count towards the graduate degree and students must re-apply for admission to the graduate program in Journalism.

Political Science (BA)/Secondary Education Social Science (MEd)

The TEACH Program combines a Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (LAS) undergraduate Social Science major ( Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, or Sociology) or a Science and Health (Psychology) major with a graduate level College of Education (COE) Master’s in Education Program. Students graduate with a B.A. or B.S. in their disciplinary major and a M.Ed. in Education with State of Illinois Secondary Social Science licensure.

Students may apply to the Program during the spring of their junior year. They must enroll in the Junior Year Experiential Learning course, TCH 320, and meet other application criteria; these include completion of at least 16 quarter credit hours at DePaul and a 3.0 GPA.  During their senior year, students are required to complete a Program capstone course, TCH 390, and three 400-level courses that count toward both their undergraduate and graduate degrees:

Social Science Content Area (grades of C or better required for licensure):
The following Social Science content area requirements are required.  These can be taken as part of the major, liberal studies or open elective requirements:

The Master’s year comprises teacher-preparation coursework that culminates with student teaching during Spring quarter.  Upon graduation and the fulfilling of State of Illinois licensure requirements (which may require some additional course work in the student’s major and related fields), students are eligible to be licensed to teach Social Sciences at the 6th-12th grade levels.  

A full description of the Program can be found on the College of Education website in the graduate course catalog.  Students interested in the Program should consult with the designated TEACH Program advisor in their home department. 

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