BA Three-Year Degree Plan

Sample schedule

Below are sample schedules for the three-year completion of the BA in political science and includes 18 credit hours for your minor. Your degree plan may vary slightly depending on course availability. Check the political science course rotation before scheduling your classes. Sample schedules should not replace meetings with your advisor but should only serve as a guide.

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
Public Affairs Requirement - Cultural Competence 3
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3
SOC 150 Introduction to Society 3

Second semester (spring)

CoursesHours
Total hours19
Public Affairs Requirement (Public Issues) 3
Natural World Requirement (with laboratory) 4
HST 103 World History to Circa 1600 C.E. 3
Human Cultures Requirement (The Arts) 3
BA Language Course Requirement (First Course) 3
PLS 169 Introduction to Political Science 3

Third semester (summer)

CoursesHours
Total hours6
MTH 130 Contemporary Mathematics 3
Natural World Requirement 3

Fourth semester (fall)

CoursesHours
Total hours18
PLS 316 Political Parties, Elections and Interest Groups 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
BA Language Course Requirement (Second Course) 3
PLS 255 Public Administration 3
PLS 205 Introduction to Comparative Government 3
ENG 210 Writing II: Writing Across the Disciplines 3

Fifth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
Total hours18
BA Language Course Requirement (Third Course) 3
BA Requirement (Fine Arts) 3
PLS 232 International Relations 3
PLS subfield electives (upper division) 6
Course for minor 3

Sixth semester (summer)

CoursesHours
Total hours6
HST 104 World History Since 1600 C.E. 3
PHI 105 Critical Thinking
or PHI 115 Ethics and Contemporary Issues
3

Seventh semester (fall)

CoursesHours
Total hours18
PLS subfield elective (upper division) 3
BA Language Course Requirement (Fourth Course) 3
PLS 330 Introduction to Political Theory 3
PLS 515 Constitutional Law I: Powers and Constraints 3
Courses for minor (upper division) 6

Eighth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
Total hours18
PLS 492 Program Assessment 0
PLS subfield electives (upper division) 6
Human Cultures Requirement (Social & Behavioral Sciences) 3
Courses for minor (upper division) 9
GEN 499 University Exit Examination 0

Ninth semester (summer)

CoursesHours
Total hours6
BA Requirement (Fine Arts) 3
PLS 493 Practicum in Political Science 1-3