BS Four-Year Degree Plan

Sample schedule

Below is a sample schedule for the four-year completion of the BS 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
Human Cultures (Humanities) 3
Public Affairs - Cultural Competence 3

Second semester (spring)

CoursesHours
Total hours15
PLS 169 Introduction to Political Science 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
MTH 130 Contemporary Mathematics 3
Human Cultures Requirement (Social & Behavioral Sciences) 3
Public Affairs Requirement (Public Issues) 3

Third semester (fall)

CoursesHours
Total hours16
PLS 205 Introduction to Comparative Government 3
PLS 232 International Relations 3
Natural World Requirement (with laboratory) 4
Human Cultures Requirement (Social & Behavioral Sciences) 3
Course for minor 3

Fourth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
Total hours15
Natural World Requirement 3
PLS 255 Public Administration 3
Human Cultures Requirement (The Arts) 3
Course for minor 3
General education elective 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
Upper Division American Government Core Course Requirement 3
PLS subfield elective (300 level or above) 3
Course for minor 3

Sixth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
Total hours15
Constitutional Course Requirement 3
Course for minor (300 level or above) 3
PLS elective (300 level or above) 3
PLS subfield elective (300 level or above) 3
General education elective 3

Seventh semester (fall)

CoursesHours
Total hours18
PLS 493 Practicum in Political Science 1-3
PLS Subfield elective (300 level or above) 3
PLS 576 Quantitative Methods of Political Science and Public Policy 3
General education elective 6
Course for minor (300 level or above) 3

Eighth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
Total hours15
PLS 492 Program Assessment 0
PLS subfield elective (300 or above) 3
General education elective 9
Course for minor (300 level or above) 3
GEN 499 General education exit exam 0

* Core classes will not count toward subfield electives