BA Four-Year Degree Plan

Sample schedule

Below is a sample schedule for the four-year completion of the BA in political science. This schedule assumes an 18 credit hour minor. Check the political science course rotation before scheduling your classes. This sample schedule should not replace meetings with your advisor but should only serve as a guide. You should apply to the political science program before completing 75 credit hours.

The following degree plan is based on the general education program instituted in fall 2014. For the previous general education requirements, please access these Student Transition Resources.

First semester (fall)

CoursesHours
Total hours17
ENG 110 Writing I 3
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
GEP 101 First-Year Foundations 2
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3
Public Affairs Requirement (Cultural Competence) 3
Human Cultures Requirement (The Arts) 3

Second semester (spring)

CoursesHours
Total hours18
Human Cultures Requirement (Social & Behavioral Sciences) 3
PLS 169 Introduction to Political Science 3
HST 103 World History to Circa 1600 C.E. 3
MTH 130 Contemporary Mathematics 3
PHI 105 Critical Thinking
or PHI 115 Ethics and Contemporary Issues
3
Human Cultures Requirement (Social & Behavioral Sciences) 3

Third semester (fall)

CoursesHours
Total hours16
PLS 205 Introduction to Comparative Government 3
PLS 232 International Relations 3
HST 121 Survey of the History of the United States to 1877
or HST 122 Survey of the History of the United States Since 1877
3
Natural World Requirement (with laboratory) 4
BA Language Course Requirement (First Course) 3

Fourth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
Total hours15
Natural World Requirement 3
PLS 255 Public Administration 3
HST 104 World History Since 1600 C.E. 3
Course for minor 3
BA Language Course Requirement (Second Course) 3

Fifth semester (fall)

CoursesHours
Total hours15
ENG 310 Writing II: Writing for Graduate and Professional Schools 3
PLS 330 Introduction to Political Theory 3
PLS subfield elective (300 level or above) 3
Course for minor 3
BA Language Course Requirement (Third Course) 3

Sixth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
Total hours15
BA Requirement (Fine Arts) 3
Course for minor 3
Constitutional Course Requirement 3
PLS subfield elective (300 level or above) 3
BA Language Course Requirement (Fourth Course) 3

Seventh semester (fall)

CoursesHours
Total hours15
PLS Subfield elective (300 level or above) 3
Courses for minor (300 level or above) 6
Upper Division American Government Core Course Requirement
BA language course requirement (first class) 3

Eighth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
Total hours15
PLS 493 Practicum in Political Science 1-3
PLS 492 Program Assessment 0
PLS subfield electives (300 level or above) 6
Courses for Minor (300 level or above) 3
BA requirement (fine arts) 3
GEN 499 General education exit exam 0

* Core classes will not count toward subfield electives