General Concentration in Political Science

For the Degree of Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences

Major in Sciences and Letters Curriculum

Minimum required major and supporting course work equates to 50 hours including 30 hours of Political Science courses

General education: Students must complete the Campus General Education requirements including the campus general education language requirement.

Twelve hours of 300- and 400-level courses in the major must be taken on this campus.

A Major Plan of Study Form must be completed and submitted to the LAS Student Affairs Office before the end of the fifth semester (60-75 hours). Please see your adviser.

Not more than 6 hours of individual study courses in political science (PS 490) or 6 hours for internships (PS 491) or 6 hours of supervised research (PS 492) may be included in the major; a student with any mix of independent study hours and internship hours and supervised research hours may include a maximum of 9 hours of such credit in the major. (PS 496) is reserved for those seniors doing honors theses for distinction in political science and may not be counted in the 50-hour minimum required for the major.

Minimum hours required for graduation: 120 hours

Required Core Courses
PS 101Intro to US Gov & Pol3
Select three of the following:9
Intro to Political Science 1
Foundations of Pol Sci
Intro to Public Policy
Intro to Pol Research
Strategic Models
Intro to Comp Politics
Intro to Political Theory
Intro to Intl Relations
General Political Science Concentration Requirements
At least four political science courses at the advanced level 212
Political science courses at any level6
Supporting course work is required and must be selected in consultation with the student’s adviser. Supporting courses should complement subfields in political science chosen by the student. At least 12 of these 20 hours must be in courses numbered 200 or above.20
Total Hours50

Credit is not given for both PS 100 and PS 200.


Most advanced level courses will require as prerequisites the appropriate 200-level courses (or, in the case of American politics courses, PS 101) or the consent of the instructor. Students may count a maximum of six hours of credit in PS 300 and six hours of credit in PS 494 toward this requirement. Neither PS 495 nor PS 496 toward the 30 credits of PS required for the major.