May 30, 2020
154 Credit Hours
Both degrees conferred concurrently at the termination of studies
*Undergraduate degree plan must include a minor or an additional major
General Education Requirements - 43 Credit Hours
Politics majors must meet the Baccalaureate Degree Requirements (Bachelor’s Degrees) as set out in General Education Program .
One course must be selected from each of the following lists of Global Studies and Social Science courses. Politics majors must note that no course taken in satisfaction of the Politics major requirements may also count towards the satisfaction of either the Global Studies requirement or the Social Sciences requirement.
Global Studies Menu Options - 3 Credit Hours
One course must be selected from the following list of approved Global Studies courses.
Social Science Menu Options - 3 Credit Hours
One course must be selected from the following list of approved Social Science courses.
School of Arts and Sciences Additional Natural Science Requirements - 5 Credit Hours
Students in the School of Arts and Sciences must take five additional hours of natural science: 1 lab to accompany the course taken for general education [BIO 1043 , BIO 1023 , ESC 1043 , OCY 1043 , FOR 1003 , PHY 1033 , PHY 1063 , or PHY 2113 and one additional natural science course and accompanying lab. The two natural sciences must be in different areas (one BIO and one other). In sum, students are required to take a minimum of 8 hours of natural science courses: two natural science courses (one biological science and one other) along with the labs associated with each. We recommend Psychology majors take BIO 1043 and BIO 1041 (lab) to fulfill one science requirement.
Required Politics Courses - 9 Credit Hours
Politics Elective Courses - 27 Credit Hours
Student must select nine (9) elective courses from the following lists, for a total of 27 credit hours. Student must select at least one (1) course from each category.
American Government Electives
Political Theory Electives
Foreign Modern Language Requirement - 3-6 Credit Hours
Politics majors are required to successfully complete (with a final grade of C- or higher):
- one intermediate foreign modern language course (3 Credit Hours), OR
- two elementary foreign modern language courses (6 Credit Hours), OR
- one elementary and one intermediate foreign modern language course (6 Credit Hours).
Politics majors who choose another major or minor with its own language requirements may elect to use the language requirement of that major or minor as a substitute for their Politics foreign language requirement.
Note: No CLEP, AP, IB, or transient study credits may be used to fulfill this requirement. These credits must be fulfilled at PBA.
Minor Requirement - 15-30 Credit Hours
Politics majors are required to complete a minor in a discipline of their choice.
This meets the 120-credit- hour requirement and the 42-upper- level requirement.
Note: Students wishing to teach Political Science, grades 6 –12, should complete a state-approved Professional Training Option (PTO). See Secondary Education Minor for details.
This meets the 120-credit- hour requirement and the 42-upper- level requirement for successful completion of undergraduate studies. This also meets all requirements of the M.S. in Global Development.
Sample Degree Plan