BA Four-Year Degree Plan

The following is a sample schedule for this major – your actual schedule may vary.

Meet with your advisor and review the class schedule before confirming your schedule.

Missouri State is committed to helping you graduate in four years.

The following degree plan is based on the 2018-19 catalog and Missouri State general education requirements.

First semester (fall)

CoursesHours
GEP 101 First-Year Foundations 2
ENG 110 Writing I 3
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3
HST 103 World History to Circa 1600 C.E.
or HST 104 World History since 1600 C.E.
3
Humanities - General Education 3
Quantitative Literacy - General Education 3
Total hours17

Second semester (spring)

CoursesHours
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 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
Cultural Competence - General Education 3
Life Sciences - General Education 4
PLS 169 (Course no longer offered. Review course number changes.) 0
Total hours16

Third semester (fall)

CoursesHours
ENG 210 Writing II: Writing Across the Disciplines 3
PHI 105 Critical Thinking
or PHI 115 Ethics and Contemporary Issues
3
PLS 205 Comparative Politics 3
PLS 232 International Relations 3
BA Requirement - Foreign Language 3
Total hours15

Fourth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
Physical Sciences - General Education 3
Humanities - General Education 3
PLS 255 Public Administration 3
Public Issues - General Education 3
BA Requirement - Foreign Language 3
Total hours15

Fifth semester (fall)

CoursesHours
HST 103 World History to Circa 1600 C.E.
or HST 104 World History since 1600 C.E.
3
US American Government or Public Law 3
PLS elective 3
Course for minor 3
BA Requirement - Foreign Language 3
Total hours15

Sixth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
US American Government or Public Law 3
PLS elective or PLS Internship 3
PLS 330 Introduction to Political Theory 3
Course for minor 3
BA Requirement - Foreign Language 3
Total hours15

Seventh semester (fall)

CoursesHours
BA Requirement - Fine Arts 3
Course for minor 3
Course for minor 3
PLS elective or PLS Internship 6
Total hours15

Eighth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
PLS elective or PLS Internship 6
BA Requirement - Fine Arts 3
Course for minor 3
Course for minor 3
GEN 499 University Exit Examination 0
Total hours15

Tips for success

  • Depending on areas of interest and career goals, political science majors are required to complete 15 hours of elective from at least 3 of 6 subfields: American govt. and politics, international politics, comparative governments and politics, public administration, political theory, or public law.
  • PLS capstone requirement can be fulfilled with PLS 493/internship or PLS 497/study away related only.
Degree plan last reviewed 01-10-2019.