B.A. in Political Science

Program Information

Political science is the study of “who gets what, when, and how” in the distribution of goods and values in society and in groups. Specifically, political scientists study the determinants of such distributions, including political parties and voters, public opinion, interest groups, bureaucracies and administrative behavior, public law, international relations, international law and organizations, national security, intergovernmental relations, political behavior, political philosophy, comparative politics, public policy, and conflict. Students may specialize in any of the five fields of the discipline: American politics and government, comparative politics, international politics, political theory, and public policy and administration.

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Suggested Schedule of Courses

This is a suggested 4-year schedule of courses based on degree requirements in the current catalog

This guide is not a substitute for academic advisement — contact your advisement office if you have any questions about scheduling or about your degree requirements.  Also see the Undergraduate Catalog for a complete list of requirements and electives to choose from. 

Students may choose to attend a summer term to reduce their load during fall or spring semesters but still stay on track to graduate in four years.


Year 1

Term 1

Course Hours

ENGL 1101

3

MATH 1101 or higher

3

POLS 1101

3

**GSU 1010

1

*Area D Science Sequence “A”

4
Total Hours 14

Term 2

Course Hours

ENGL 1102

3

POLS 2401

3

Area B Elective

2

Area C Elective

3

Lab Science “B”

4
Total Hours 15

Milestones

 

Notes

*This course is not included in Freshman Learning Communities.

 

**GSU 1010 is an optional course for students enrolled in a Freshman Learning Community.


Year 2

Term 1

Course Hours

Lang 1002

3

Area B Elective

2

Area C Elective

3

Area E Global Issues Elective

3

Area F Elective

3

Area F Elective

3
Total Hours 17

Term 2

Course Hours

HIST 2110

3

Area D Elective

3

Area E Social Science Elective

3

Area F Elective

3

Area F Elective

3
Total Hours 15

Milestones

 


Year 3

Term 1

Course Hours

POLS 3800*

3

Area G Elective

3

Area G Elective

3

Area H Elective

3

Area H Elective

3
Total Hours 15

Term 2

Course Hours

Area G Elective

3

Area G Elective

3

Area H Elective

3

Area H Elective

3

Area H Elective

3
Total Hours 15

Milestones

 

Notes

*This course will fulfill the CTW requirement.


Year 4

Term 1

Course Hours

Area G Elective

3

Area G Elective

3

Area H Elective

3

Area H Elective

3

Area H Elective

3
Total Hours 15

Term 2

Course Hours

POLS 4900

3

Area G Elective

3

Area H Elective

3

Area H Elective

3

Area H Elective

3
Total Hours 15

Milestones