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 2018-19 catalog and Missouri State general education requirements.

First semester (fall)

CoursesHours
Total hours14
ENG 110 Writing I 3
GEP 101 First-Year Foundations 2
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3
MTH 130 Contemporary Mathematics 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences - General Education 3

Second semester (spring)

CoursesHours
Total hours16
PLS 169 Introduction to Political Science 3
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
Life Sciences (lab) - General Education 4
Humanities - General Education 3

Third semester (fall)

CoursesHours
Total hours15
PLS 205 Introduction to Comparative Government 3
PLS 232 International Relations 3
ENG 210 Writing II: Writing Across the Disciplines 3
Cultural Competence - General Education 3
Public Issues - General Education 3

Fourth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
Total hours15
PLS 255 Public Administration 3
PLS 330 Introduction to Political Theory 3
Physical Science (no lab) - General Education 3
The Arts - General Education 3
Course for minor 3

Fifth semester (fall)

CoursesHours
Total hours15
US Government or Public Law - PLS requirement 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences - General Education 3
PLS subfield elective (upper level) 3
PLS subfield elective (upper level) 3
Course for minor 3

Sixth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
Total hours15
US Government or Public Law - PLS requirement 3
PLS subfield elective (upper level) 3
Course for minor (upper level) 3
Course for minor (upper level) 3
General elective 3

Seventh semester (fall)

CoursesHours
Total hours15
PLS 576 Quantitative Methods of Political Science and Public Policy 3
PLS subfield elective (upper level) 3
PLS subfield elective (upper level) 3
General elective or PLS internship 3
Course for minor (upper level) 3

Eighth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
Total hours15
General elective or PLS internship 3
General elective or PLS internship 3
General elective or PLS internship 3
General elective or PLS internship 3
Course for minor (upper level) 3
University Exit Examination - General Education 0
PLS 492 Program Assessment 0

Core classes will not count toward subfield electives.

Degree plan last reviewed 04-12-2018.