BS Three Year Degree Plan

Sample schedule

Below are sample schedules for the three-year completion of the BS in political science and includes 18 credit hours for your minor. Your graduation 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
Human Cultures Requirement (The Arts) 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 hours18
Natural World Requirement (with laboratory) 4
Human Cultures Requirement (Social & Behavioral Sciences) 3
Human Cultures Requirement (Humanities) 3
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
PLS 169 Introduction to Political Science 3
General Elective 2

Third semester (summer)

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

Fourth semester (fall)

CoursesHours
Total hours18
Public Affairs Requirement (Public Issues) 3
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
PLS 232 International Relations 3
PLS 205 Introduction to Comparative Government 3
ENG 210 Writing II: Writing Across the Disciplines 3

Fifth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
Total hours18
PLS 255 Public Administration 3
PLS 437 International Organizations and Law 3
PLS subfield electives (upper division) 6
Minor Requirement 3
General Elective (Upper Division) 3

Sixth semester (summer)

CoursesHours
Total hours6
PLS subfield elective (upper division) 3
Minor Requirement 3

Seventh semester (fall)

CoursesHours
Total hours18
PLS 330 Introduction to Political Theory 3
PLS 576 Quantitative Methods of Political Science and Public Policy 3
PLS subfield elective (upper division) 3
Minor Requirements 6
General Elective (Upper Division) 3

Eighth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
Total hours18
PLS 492 Program Assessment 0
PLS subfield elective (upper division) 3
Minor Requirements 6
General Electives (Upper Division) 9
GEN 499 general education exit exam 0

Ninth semester (summer)

CoursesHours
Total hours6
PLS 493 Practicum in Political Science 1-3
General Elective (Upper Division) 3