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Undergraduate Day Catalog 2019-2020 
Undergraduate Day Catalog 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Politics, B.A. and Masters of Global Development M.S. 3+2

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Masters of Global Development Degree Requirements

Prerequisites: One course in Economics (BUS 2343 - Principles of Macroeconomics  or BUS 2353 - Principles of Microeconomics )

Concentrations: Development Economics and Finance, Development Policy, or Applied Cultural Studies


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   

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