Political Science Curriculum

Current Students:

See the Recommended Academic Plans and Checksheets for more detailed course recommendations and refer to the University Bulletin for course descriptions and more degree requirements. Or find other resources on the Current Students page.

Prospective Students:

The typical course sequence below is meant to give a general feel for the courses taken by Political Science majors. Schedules will vary by student, depending on areas of interest.

Semester 1 Credits   Semester 2 Credits
Foreign Language I 3 Introduction to Comparative Politics 3
Math course 3 Natural Science course 3
Rhetoric and Composition 3 Humanities course 3
Introduction to American National Government 3 Arts course 3
First-Year Seminar 1 Foreign Language II 4
Total Credits 15 Total Credits 16
 
Semester 3     Semester 4  
International Relations 3 Introduction to Political Theory 3
Arts course 3 Effective Writing: Writing in the Social Sciences 3
Natural Science course 3 Humanities course 3
Foreign Language III 3 Social and Behavioral Science course 3
Effective Speech 3 Health and Physical Activity 1.5
Total Credits 16 Math course 3
    Total Credits 16.5
 
Semester 5     Semester 6  
War in World Politics (example) 3 Congress and the Presidency (example) 3
Campaigns and Elections (example) 3 American Foreign Policy (example) 3
Natural Science course w/lab 3-4 Arts course 3
Health and Physical Activity 1.5 Social and Behavioral Science course 3
Other Cultures course 3 Elective 3
Total Credits 13.-5-14.5 Total Credits 15
 
Semester 7     Semester 8  
American Constitutional Law (example) 3 Government and Politics of Africa (example) 3
Comparative Politics course 3 The American Legal Process (example) 3
Social and Behavioral Science course 3 Humanities course 3
Elective 3 Elective 3
Elective 3 Elective 3
Total Credits 15 Total Credits 15