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2016-2017 University Catalog

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BACHELOR OF ARTS
MAJOR IN POLITICAL SCIENCE

Following is a suggested four-year degree plan. Students are encouraged to see their advisor each semester for help with program decisions and enrollment; responsible for reviewing the Program of Study Requirements; responsible for meeting all course prerequisites; and must meet foreign language and writing intensive course requirements for graduation. See Academic Regulations-Undergraduate online.

*See Appendix A: Core Curriculum and Optional Course Information in the University Catalog.
** See Appendix C:  Approved List of Minors and Requirements in University Catalog (Instead of a minor, students may complete 18 SCH of electives, 12 SCH of which must be at the 3000-4000 level, from any discipline, except the major field, outside the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.)

Freshman Year

Fall Semester
CourseHours
ENGL 1301 - English Composition I 3
GEOG 1303 - General World Geography 3
HIST 1301 - The U.S. to 1877 3
MATH 1314 - College Algebra 3
UNIV 1101 - Learning in a Global Context I 1
General Elective 3
Total 16
Spring Semester
CourseHours
ENGL 1302 - English Composition II 3
HIST 1302 - The U.S. Since 1877 3
MATH - Math Elective1 3
UNIV 1402 - Signature Course 4
Minor/General Elective** 3
   
Total 16

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester
CourseHours
PSCI 2305 - American National Govt 3
Creative Arts* 3
Foreign Language/Study Abroad2 3
Language, Philosophy&Culture* 3
Life & Physical Science* 3
Life & Physical Science Lab* 1
Total 16
Spring Semester
CourseHours
PSCI 2301 Intro to Pol Leadership 3
PSCI 2306 - American State Govt 3
Foreign Language/Study Abroad2 3
Minor/General Elective** 3
Life & Physical Science* 3
Life & Physical Science Lab 1
Total 16

Junior Year

Fall Semester
CourseHours
PSCI 3301 - Research Methods3 3
PSCI 3313 - Cls & Med Political Phil 3
PSCI - American Politics4 3
General Elective 2
Adv Minor/General Elective** 3
Total 14
Spring Semester
CourseHours
PSCI 3314 - Modern Political Philosophy 3
PSCI - International Relations6 3
PSCI - Advanced PSCI Elec5 3
Adv Minor/General Elective** 3
Advanced General Elective 3
Total 15

Senior Year

Fall Semester
CourseHours
PSCI 4311 - Constitutional Law 3
PSCI - Comparative Politics7 3
PSCI - Comp/Intl PSCI Elective8 3
Advanced General Elective 3
Adv Minor/General Elective** 3
Total 15
Spring Semester
CourseHours
PSCI 4351 - Senior Seminar in PSCI 3
PSCI - Advanced PSCI Elective5 3
Advanced Elective 3
Adv Minor/General Elective** 3
   
Total 12

TOTAL SEMESTER CREDIT HOURS: 120

1Math elective, select 3 SCH from any math course above the level of College Algebra. MATH 1342, Introductory Statistics, strongly recommended.
2Foreign Language/Study Abroad, select 6 SCH in course work (not credit by exam) above the university’s foreign language graduation requirement. Thus students who meet the university’s foreign language graduation requirement by earning 6 hours of credit by exam, may take 6 SCH in the same language but at the intermediate level or above, or they may take 6 SCH of another foreign language at the introductory level. This requirement may also be met by earning 6 SCH in any subject while participating in a TAMIU-approved Study Abroad program while living for at least 4 weeks in another country.
3Research Methods, select 3 SCH from PSCI 3301, CRIJ 3305 or SOCI 3305.
4American Politics, select 3 SCH from PSCI 3320 or 4312 or 4313 or 4320.
5Advanced PSCI, select 6 SCH at the 3000 level or above not used for any other requirement.
6International Relations, select 3 SCH from PSCI 4335 or 4340.
7Comparative Politics, select 3 SCH from PSCI 3305 or 3310.
8Comparative/International Politics, select 3 SCH from PSCI 3308, 3340, 4309, or 4321 (when the topic is Comparative or International); this requirement may also be met by the "second" or unused course in the Comparative Politics or International Relations required course sequence.

NOTE 1: See information on the combined BA/MA in Political Science.
NOTE 2: Students who do not elect to have a minor curriculum may use up to 9 hours of their available electives in addiaitonl courses in their major curriculum.

Actual degree plans may vary depending on availability of courses in a given semester.
Some courses may require prerequisites not listed.

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