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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Liberal Arts

Political Science

University Park, College of the Liberal Arts (PLSBS)
World Campus

Professor Lee Ann Banaszak, Head, Department of Political Science

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science emphasizes the technical aspects of political science knowledge development and application. In addition to broad coursework in political science, students will complete courses in statistics and research design, advanced classes in social science methods and upper level political science courses that employ quantitative research skills in exploring substantive themes. Students have the opportunity to complete either a research practicum within the Political Science Department, an internship or a TA-ship. This degree will serve students who are interested in political science from the point of view of the practitioner, as well as those who are interested in acquiring practical skills relevant to a variety of careers in politics, government and business.

For the B.S. degree in Political Science, a minimum of 120 credits is required.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(12 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR) (See description of General Education in front of Bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in GENERAL EDUCATION course selection, or REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

ELECTIVES (19-20 credits)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 67-68 credits [1]
(This includes 12 credits of General Education courses: 6 credits of GQ courses; 6 credits of GS courses.)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (6 credits)
PLSC 197 GS(3), PLSC 309(3) (Sem: 1-4)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (49-50 credits)
Select 4 credits from MATH 110 GQ(4) or MATH 140 GQ(4) (Sem: 1-4)
Select 9 credits from PLSC 1 GS(3), PLSC 3 GS;IL(3), PLSC 7 GS(3), PLSC 14 GS;IL(3), PLSC 17 GS(3)(Sem: 1-4)
Select 3-4 credits from CMPSC 101 GQ(3), CMPSC 203 GQ(4), CMPSC 121 GQ(3) (Sem: 1-4)
Select 3 credits from PLSC 308(3) or PLSC 300(3) (Sem: 3-7)
Select 9 credits of data intensive PLSC courses from a department list. (Sem: 3-8)
Select 9 credits of any 400-level PLSC course (Sem: 3-8)
Select 9 credits of methodology from PLSC 410(3), GEOG 363(3), GEOG 364(3), STAT 461(3), STAT 462(3), STAT 463(3), STAT 380(3), STAT 466(3) and courses from a department approved list. (Sem: 4-8)
Select 3 credits of 494, 496 or data intensive course from a department list (Sem: 7-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (12 credits)
Select 12 credits from department approved list of courses. Students can take a range of courses across disciplines or concentrate their selection to complete a minor in a supporting field. (Sem: 1-8)

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

Last Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 2015

Blue Sheet Item #: 43-06-100

Review Date: 04/14/2015

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