B.A. in Political Science – Pre-law Concentration

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.

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

3

POLS 1101

3

**GSU 1010

1

Area D Elective

4
Total Hours 14

Term 2

Course Hours

ENGL 1102

3

POLS 2401

3

Area B Elective

2

Area C Elective

3

Area D Elective

4
Total Hours 15

Notes

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

Dive in from the start. Inquire about possible co-op programs in Political Science, with one or two six-month, full-time, paid employment opportunities integrated into your studies. Enroll right away during your first year in college.

Engage with other students on the issues in one of many simulation courses, such as Model UN (POLS 4951) or Simulation of International Organizations (POLS 4426).

Get there! Live and study abroad for three weeks to an entire year, in places such as France, India, South Korea, Turkey or the United Kingdom.

Develop skills and knowledge through internships such as the Georgia Legislature Program and other opportunities (e.g. POLS 4930, 4940, 4945).


Year 2

Term 1

Course Hours

Lang 1002

3

Area B Elective

2

Area C Elective

3

Area E 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 Elective

3

Area F Elective

3

Area F Elective

3
Total Hours 15

Notes

Dive in from the start. Inquire about possible co-op programs in Political Science, with one or two six-month, full-time, paid employment opportunities integrated into your studies. Enroll right away during your first year in college.

Engage with other students on the issues in one of many simulation courses, such as Model UN (POLS 4951) or Simulation of International Organizations (POLS 4426).

Get there! Live and study abroad for three weeks to an entire year, in places such as France, India, South Korea, Turkey or the United Kingdom.

Develop skills and knowledge through internships such as the Georgia Legislature Program and other opportunities (e.g. POLS 4930, 4940, 4945).


Year 3

Term 1

Course Hours

POLS 3140

3

*POLS 3800

3

Area G Elective

3

Area H Elective

3

Area H Elective

3
Total Hours 15

Term 2

Course Hours

POLS 4130

3

Area G Elective

3

Area H Elective

3

Area H Elective

3

Area H Elective

3
Total Hours 15

Notes

*This course will fulfill the CTW requirement.

Click here for courses that fulfill Area G and H and may also include a Signature Experience component.

Dive in from the start. Inquire about possible co-op programs in Political Science, with one or two six-month, full-time, paid employment opportunities integrated into your studies. Enroll right away during your first year in college.

Engage with other students on the issues in one of many simulation courses, such as Model UN (POLS 4951) or Simulation of International Organizations (POLS 4426).

Get there! Live and study abroad for three weeks to an entire year, in places such as France, India, South Korea, Turkey or the United Kingdom.

Develop skills and knowledge through internships such as the Georgia Legislature Program and other opportunities (e.g. POLS 4930, 4940, 4945).


Year 4

Term 1

Course Hours

POLS 4131

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

Notes

Click here for courses that fulfill Area G and H and may also include a Signature Experience component.

Dive in from the start. Inquire about possible co-op programs in Political Science, with one or two six-month, full-time, paid employment opportunities integrated into your studies. Enroll right away during your first year in college.

Engage with other students on the issues in one of many simulation courses, such as Model UN (POLS 4951) or Simulation of International Organizations (POLS 4426).

Get there! Live and study abroad for three weeks to an entire year, in places such as France, India, South Korea, Turkey or the United Kingdom.

Develop skills and knowledge through internships such as the Georgia Legislature Program and other opportunities (e.g. POLS 4930, 4940, 4945).