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(Archive) Political Science (POLSC)

Begin Date: Summer Session 1997
End Date: Spring Semester 1999

Political Science (POLSC) - (ARCHIVE)

The discipline of political science consists of different related subfields such as American government, international relations, public policy and administration, the study of how governments accomplish objectives, and comparative politics, the study of foreign government. The major offers students the opportunity to take course work in most subfields as well as seek practical experience through an internship. All students are encouraged to develop research and writing and statistical skills. Many students have continued their education in law or graduate school.

For the B.A. degree in Political Science, a minimum of 124 credits is required. A student enrolled in this major must earn at least a grade of C in each 300- and 400-level course.

POLITICAL SCIENCE MINOR: Students must take PL SC 001 GS(3), 003 GS(3), and select additional courses (at least 6 credits) at the 400 level in PL SC or POLSC for a total of 18 credits.

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

(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin.)

ELECTIVES: 18 credits

(See description of Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements in front of Bulletin.)


PL SC 001 GS(3), 003 GS(3) (Sem. 1-4)

INTST 100 GS;DF(3) or PL SC 014 GS(3) (Sem. 3-8)
Select 27 credits from the following four groups (at least 12 credits at the 400 level; an additional 15 credits including at least 3 credits from each of the following groups):
1. American Government:
PL SC 002 GS(3) (Sem. 3-4)
PL SC 130(3) (Sem. 3-6)
POLSC 401(3), 404(3), 408(3) (Sem. 5-8)
2. Comparative Politics:
PL SC 020(3), 022 DF(3), POLSC 123 GS;DF(3) (Sem. 1-4)
POLSC 305(3) (Sem. 1-5)
POLSC 421(3), 423(3) (Sem. 5-8)
3. International Politics:
POLSC 132 GS;DF(3) (Sem. 3-6)
INTST 400W DF(3), POLSC 424W(3), 428(3) (Sem. 5-8)
4. Policy and Law:
POLSC 306(3) (Sem. 3-8)
POLSC 406(3), 407(3), 471(3), 472(3) (Sem. 5-8)

The Pennsylvania State University ©1998

The University reserves the right to change the requirements and regulations listed here and to determine whether a student has satisfactorily met its requirements for admission or graduation, and to reject any applicant for any reason the University determines to be material to the applicant's qualifications to pursue higher education. Nothing in this material should be considered a guarantee that completion of a program and graduation from the University will result in employment.

Last Revised by the Department: Summer Session 1997

Blue Sheet Item #: 25-01-057

Review Date: 6/8/99 (General Education Update)


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