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 2018-19 catalog and Missouri State general education requirements.

First semester (fall)

CoursesHours
Total hours14
GEP 101 First-Year Foundations 2
MED 120 Mass Media and Society 3
MED 130 Fundamentals of Media Convergence 3
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
ENG 110 Writing I 3

Second semester (spring)

CoursesHours
Total hours15
MED 220 Case Studies in Mass Media 3
JRN 270 Introduction to Journalism 3
Life Sciences (no lab) or Physical Sciences (no lab) - General Education 3
Humanities - General Education 3
Social and Behavior Sciences - General Education 3

Third semester (fall)

CoursesHours
Total hours15
MED 304 Mass Media Theory 3
JRN 370 News Reporting and Writing 3
The Arts - General Education 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
Course for minor 3

Fourth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
Total hours15
JRN 381 Broadcast News Writing 3
Written Communication and Integrative and Applied Learning - General Education 3
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3
Quantitative Literacy - General Education 3
Course for minor 3

Fifth semester (fall)

CoursesHours
Total hours16
JRN 388 Electronic News Gathering 3
JRN 407 Media Law 3
Course for minor 3
Life Sciences (lab) or Physical Sciences (lab) - General Education 4
Cultural Competence - General Education 3

Sixth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
Total hours15
JRN 478 Multimedia Journalism 3
JRN 384 Broadcast Performance 3
Course for minor 3
Public Issues - General Education 3
General elective 3

Seventh semester (fall)

CoursesHours
Total hours15
JRN 374 Opinion Writing
or JRN 375 Feature Writing
or JRN 376 Business Reporting
or JRN 592 Newscast Practicum
3
JRN 476 Copy Editing and Design
or JRN 481 Multi-platform News Producing
3
MED 355 Social Media
or MED 390 Interactive Web Design
3
General elective 3
General elective (upper level) 3

Eighth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
Total hours15
MED 581 Issues in Media Ethics 3
JRN 595 Journalism Internship 1-6
Course for minor 3
General elective 3
General elective (upper level) 3
GEN 499 University Exit Examination 0
Degree plan last reviewed 06-14-2018.