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College of Liberal Arts

Political Science

Suggested Arrangement of Courses

Freshman Year

First Semester Second Semester
(3) COM 11400 (Fundamentals of Speech Communication)* (3) Individual and Society*
(4) ENGL 10600 (First-Year Composition ) or (3) ENGL 10800 (Accelerated First-Year Composition)* (3) Political Science Requirement, Note B
(3) Political Science Requirement, Note A (3) United States Tradition*
(3) Mathematics and Statistics* (3) Western Heritage*
(3) Other Languages*† (3) Elective
(15-16) (15)


Sophomore Year

Third Semester Fourth Semester
(3) POL 30000 (Introduction to Political
Analysis/Statistics)*
(3) Political Science Requirement, Note C
(3) Political Science Requirement, Note C (3) Global Perspective*
(3) Aesthetic Awareness* (3) Natural Sciences*
(3) Natural Sciences* (3) Other Cultures*
(3) Elective (3) Elective
(15)   (15)  


Junior Year

Fifth Semester Sixth Semester
(3) Political Science Requirement, Note B (3) Political Science Requirement, Note C
(3) Political Science Requirement, Note C (3) Racial and Ethic Diversity*
(3) Gender Issues* (3) Social Ethics*
(3) Elective (3) Elective
(3) Elective (3) Elective
(3) Elective (3) Elective
(18)   (18)  


Senior Year

Seventh Semester Eighth Semester
(3) Political Science Requirement, Note C (3) Political Science Requirement, Note D
(3) Political Science Requirement, Note C (3) Elective
(3) Elective (3) Elective
(3) Elective (3) Elective
(3) Elective (3) Elective
(15)   (15)  

Political Science Notes

* See "Core."

† Some students may need to begin language courses at a lower level.

  1. For this major, students must take one of the following three-credit-hour courses: POL 10100, 12000, 13000, 14100 or 15000. This course may also satisfy a Liberal Arts Core Requirement. Advanced placement credit for POL 10100 or 14100 will be accepted.
  2. Select two courses chosen from one of the five areas of political science; one of these courses must be numbered 40000 or higher.
  3. Select six other courses in political science, at least three of which shall be numbered 40000 or higher. At least one course must be selected from two areas other than the area chosen under Note B.
  4. Select one of the following courses: POL 49100 (Senior Seminar), any 40000-level "Honors Only" course, any 50000-level class (excluding POL 59000), a POL 49500 (Undergraduate Research Experience) with approval by the department, or an upper-level course from a full-semester study abroad program with approval by the department.