Undergraduate Degree - Political Science - General

Program:
Political Science - General
Program Code:
4388 Political Science
Program Level:
Undergraduate
Award Type:
Bachelor of Arts
Start Term:
FQ68
Department:
Department of Political Science
Relevant Excerpt(s) from Academic Programs:


Excerpt from the official Academic Programs Catalog:

Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.
Following this section are the requirements as represented in Degree Navigator, MSU's online advising tool. The Degree Navigator section is only available for programs using Degree Navigator for degree certification.

College of Social Science

Department of Political Science

Undergraduate Programs
Political Science - General

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science (General)

  1. The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science (General).

    The University's Tier II writing requirement for the Political Science (General) major is met by completing the following course:  Political Science 422.  That course is referenced in item 3. a. (4) below.
  2. The requirements of the College of Social Science for the Bachelor of Arts degree.
  3. The following requirements for the major:
    a. The following courses in the Department of Political Science (34 credits):
    (1) Two of the following courses (6 credits):
    PLS 100 Introduction to American Politics 3
    PLS 140 Introduction to Comparative Politics 3
    PLS 160 Introduction to International Relations 3
    PLS 170 Introduction to Political Philosophy 3
    (2) All of the following courses (12 credits):
    PLS 200 Introduction to Political Science 4
    PLS 201 Introduction to Methods of Political Analysis 4
    PLS 392 Special Topics in Political Science 4
    (3) At least four additional political science courses at the 300–400 level to total at least 12 credits. Only one of the following courses may be counted toward this requirement:
    PLS 494 Field Experience in Political Science
    or
    PLS 495 Independent Study
    (4) The following course (4 credits):
    PLS 422 Seminar in Political Science (W) 4
    NOTE: Of the courses taken to satisfy the requirements for 3.a. (1) and 3. a. (3), at least two courses must be in American politics (PLS 100 and PLS 301-339), at least two courses must be in comparative/international politics (PLS 140, PLS 160, PLS 342-359, and PLS 361-369), and at least two courses must be in political philosophy (PLS 170 and PLS 370-379). Students should consult with their academic advisor with questions concerning this requirement.


Degree Requirements from Degree Navigator.

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Political Science, BA (4388)

Required Credits: 120    Program Version: FS17

Requirement 1: University Tier I Writing
University Tier I Writing: 1 course from WRA101, WRA195H, LB133, MC111, MC112, RCAH111

Requirement 2: University Mathematics
University Mathematics: The required number of courses from 1 of the following sets of courses
MTH2: 1 course
At least 1 course from LB118, MTH110, MTH116, MTHRQMT, MTHWAIV1, MTHWAIV2, Mathematics Pre-Matriculation, Mathematics Post-Matriculation
MTH1: 2 courses
At least 1 course from MTH103, MTH103WAIV
At least 1 course from MTH112, MTH114, MTH124, MTH132, MTH152H, MTH201, STT200, STT201
MTH3: 2 courses
At least 2 courses from MTH103, MTH101, MTH102

Requirement 3: University IAH201 - IAH210
University IAH201 - IAH210: 4 credits from IAH201, IAH202, IAH203, IAH204, IAH205, IAH206, IAH207, IAH208, IAH209, IAH210, RCAH201, ANY IAH BELOW 211

Requirement 4: University IAH211 or higher
University IAH211 or higher: 4 credits from IAH211A, IAH211B, IAH211C, IAH211D, IAH221A, IAH221B, IAH221C, IAH231A, IAH231B, IAH231C, IAH241A, IAH241B, IAH241C, IAH241D, IAH241E, IAH241F, IAH241G, RCAH202, TRANSFER IAH, ANY IAH211 OR HIGHER, approved LB courses

Requirement 5: University ISS200 Series
University ISS200 Series: 4 credits from ISS210, ISS215, ISS220, ISS225, ISS230, ISS235, MC201, TRANSFER ISS 200 LEVEL, ANY ISS 200 LEVEL

Requirement 6: University ISS300 Series
University ISS300 Series: 4 credits from ISS305, ISS308, ISS310, ISS315, ISS318, ISS320, ISS325, ISS327, ISS328, ISS330A, ISS330B, ISS330C, ISS335, ISS336, MC202, ANY ISS 300 LEVEL, approved LB courses

Requirement 7: University ISB
University ISB: 3 credits from ISB200, ISB201, ISB202, ISB204, TRANSFER ISB, ISB ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISB COURSE

Requirement 8: University ISP
University ISP: 3 credits from ISP203A, ISP203B, ISP205, ISP207, ISP209, ISP213H, ISP215, ISP217, ISP220, ISP221, TRANSFER ISP, ISP ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISP COURSE

Requirement 9: University Laboratory Experience
University Laboratory Experience: The required number of credits from 1 of the following sets of courses
Univ Lab: 2 credits
At least 2 credits from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
Alternative: 2 credits
At least 1 credit from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
At least 1 credit from an Alternative Track Lab credit

Requirement 10: University Diversity Distribution
University Diversity Distribution: A total 2 courses
At least 1 course from NationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing national diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
At least 1 course from InternationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing international and multicultural diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
Conditions:
University Diversity Distribution: No more than 1 course from IAH or ISS emphasizing both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity in Requirement(s) 10

Requirement 11: Major - Political Science - Survey
Major - Political Science - Survey: 2 courses from PLS100, PLS140, PLS160, PLS170

Requirement 12: Major - Political Science - Introduction
Major - Political Science - Introduction: 3 courses from PLS200, PLS201, PLS392

Requirement 13: Major - Political Science - Tier II Writing
Major - Political Science - Tier II Writing: 1 course from PLS421, PLS422

Requirement 14: Major - Political Science - Upper Level Electives
Major - Political Science - Upper Level Electives: 5 courses from PLS courses at the 300 - 400 level
Conditions:
Major - Political Science - Upper Level Electives: No more than 1 course from PLS494, PLS495 in Requirement(s) 14

Requirement 15: Major Distribution
Major Distribution: 33 credits from Political Science courses

Requirement 16: Major - Political Science - Distribution - American Government and Politics
Major - Political Science - Distribution - American Government and Politics: 2 courses from American Government and Politics courses

Requirement 17: Major - Political Science - Distribution - Methods of Political Analysis
Major - Political Science - Distribution - Methods of Political Analysis: 2 courses from Methods of Political Analysis courses

Requirement 18: Major - Political Science - Distribution - International Relations and Comparative Politics
Major - Political Science - Distribution - International Relations and Comparative Politics: 2 courses from International and Comparative Politics courses

Requirement 19: Major - Political Science - Distribution - Political Theory and Philosophy
Major - Political Science - Distribution - Political Theory and Philosophy: 2 courses from Political Theory and Philosophy courses

Requirement 20: College Distribution
College Distribution: 30 credits from courses at the 300 level and above.

Requirement 21: College - Social Science - Experiential Learning
College - Social Science - Experiential Learning: 1 course from an experiential learning course of 3 - 4 credits as approved by the College of Social Science.

Requirement 22: College - Social Science - Interdisciplinary Minor
College - Social Science - Interdisciplinary Minor: 15 credits from an interdisciplinary minor as approved by the College of Social Science.

Requirement 23: College - Social Science - STEM
College - Social Science - STEM: 6 credits from Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics courses as approved by the College of Social Science.

Requirement 24: Electives
Electives: 0 credits from Electives at Michigan State University and transfer coursework. This number can change based on the credits of the coursework taken to fulfill University, College, and Major requirements. Please contact your academic advisor with any questions.

Requirement 25: University Residency
University Residency: 30 credits from MSU coursework, 27 credits from MSU courses taken after reaching junior standing, 20 credits from courses offered by MSU while admitted to major & 20 of the last 30 credits must be MSU courses. Please see academic advisor.