Requirements for Political Science Majors

General Requirements        POL Course Rotation



If you're considering a degree in political science or the pre-law minor, you should contact Dr. Chanley Rainey (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for individual advising. Each person will have different needs (given different career goals, interests, transfer credit, etc.), so each student should work closely with a faculty advisor to ensure their plan of study fits their specific needs. As you think through how to tailor our programs to your needs and ambitions, you will find it helpful to refer back to the course rotation listed at the bottom of this page. The rotation helps you plan your future by telling you when POL courses required in our programs will be offered. 



General Requirements

General Education Courses (35-38 hours)

Introduction to College Life (0-3 hours)

  • UN101 - required only of incoming Freshmen, Transfer students exempt

Written & Oral Communication (9 hours with a C or better) 

  • EN 101 - English Composition I 
  • EN 102 - English Composition II 
  • COM 101 - Oral Communication

Quantifying Skills (3 hours)

  • MA 113 - College Algebra
  • OR higher MA
  • Statistics is recommended for POL majors interested in campaigns, polls, policy, and research careers

Critical Thinking Skills (3 hours)

  • any non-religion PHL
  • Political & Social Philosophy can be double-counted toward the major as a political science elective
  • Logis is recommended for pre-law students (Dr. Dohmen offers a logic games lab, too! It's great LSAT prep.)

Social Sciences (3 hours)

  • fulfilled by POL courses required for the major

Natural Sciences (8 hours from any of the following)

  • BSB101 & 102 - General Biology I & II w/ Labs
  • BSB141 & 142 - Anatomy & Physiology I & II
  • BSM131+L - General Microbiology w/ Lab
  • SM101 & 102 - Environmental Science I & II
  • PSC111 & 112 - General Chemistry I & II w/ Labs
  • PSP211 & 212 - General Physics I & II
  • PSP213 & 214 - General Physics w/ Calculus I & II

Humanities & Fine Arts (1 HIS, 1 LIT, 1 Fine Art, +1 more from the following = 12 hours)

  • HIS101 & 102 - World Civilizations I & II
  • HIS109 & 110 - US History I & II
  • EN201 & 202 - Early & Late English Literature
  • EN203 & 204 - Early & Late American Literature
  • EN231 - Early World Literature
  • ART102 - Art Appreciation
  • ART211 & 212 - Art History I & II
  • MUS100 - Music Appreciation
  • MUS105 - Introduction to Music Literacy
  • TH457 & 458 - History of the Theatre I & II

Bachelor of Science Courses (9-11 hours)

Science or Mathematics (6-8 hours)

  • 6 semester hours of Science and/or Mathematics

This is in addition to the 8 semester hours of Laboratory Science and 3 semester hours of Mathematics MA 113 or higher required in the Gen. Ed. If science courses are taken, labs are not required.

Mathematics or Computers (3 hours) 

  • Mathematics above MA 113

or

  • Computer applications/programming course


POL Course Rotation

POL Courses Required 

COURSE  Semesters Offered
 POL 150 American Government  spring
 POL 202 Making Democracy Work  fall in odd years
 POL 250 World Politics  fall
 POL 309 Protest and Contention  fall in even years
 POL 330 Nonprofit Advocacy & Government Relations   spring in even years 
 POL 390 Southern Politics  spring
 POL 490 Internship  every semester


 

For more information, or to schedule an advising appointment, contact Dr. Chanley Rainey (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

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