Political Science (BS) (16PSBS)

Freshman Year

Fall Semester Credit Spring Semester Credit
Natural Science Course 1 10,B 4 Natural Science Course 2 10,B 4
ENG 101 H 4 Philosophy 11,C 3
Social Science Elective Course 1 4,D 3-4 Math Course 2 2,A 3-4
Math Course 1 2,A 4 Social Science Elective Course 2 4,D 3
HES_*** Health & Exercise Studies Course 7,E 1 Free Elective 14 1
16-17 14-15

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester Credit Spring Semester Credit
Natural Science Course 3 10 4 Natural Science Course 4 10 4
Literature 9 3 Arts & Letters Elective 6 3
PS 201 (Pair A Course 1)12 3 History Course 3,C 3
Math Course 3 2 3-4 PS Pair A Course 2 12 3
HES_*** Health & Exercise Studies Course 7,E 1 Social Science Elective Course 3 4 3
14-15 16

Junior Year

Fall Semester Credit Spring Semester Credit
Advanced Writing/Communication 1 3 PS Elective 18 3
Free Elective 14 4 PS 371 or PS 471 20 3
PS Pair B Course 1 12 3 PS Pair B Course 2 13 3
PS 361 or PS 362 16 3 PS 400 or 500 Level Seminar 17 3
GEP Additional Breadth (MA/NS/E) F,5 3 Advanced Science/Tech Option Course 1 19 3
16 15

Senior Year

Fall Semester Credit Spring Semester Credit
Advanced Science/Tech Option Course 2 19 3 Advanced Science/Tech Option Course 4 19 3
PS 400-or 500-level elective 17 3 Advanced Science/Tech Option Course 5 19 3
Advanced Science/Tech Option Course 3 19 3 GEP Interdiscp. Perspectives G 2-3
GEP Interdiscp. Persectives G 3 Free Elective 14 3
Free Elective 14 3 Free Elective 14 3
Free Elective 14 3
18 14-15

 

Minimum Credit Hours Required for Graduation* I,J,K,21: 122
Major/Program Footnotes
1. Writing and Communication: Three credit hours.  ENG 201, 215, 272, 287, 288, 289, 323, 331, 332, or 333, COM 110, 112, or 211, any 200-level foreign language course.
2. Mathematics: Nine to twelve credit hours. One calculus course (MA 121, 131, 141, 231, 241, or 242) for three or four credit hours. Two additional math or statistics courses chosen from MA 114 and above or ST 301 and above for six to eight credit hours. Three hours of the mathematics credits must be chosen from the GEP Mathematics List.
3. History: Three credit hours. (AFS 275 or 276, ARC 242, HI 205, 207, 208, 209, 210, 215, 216, 221, 222, 232, 233, 251, 252, 263, 264, 270, 275, or 276) 3 credits.
4. Social Sciences: Nine credit hours. Three 3-credit courses from at least two of the following areas: ANT, ARE, EC, PS, PSYCH, SOC. Also ENG 210, GEO 220, IDS 401, or STS 402. Choose 6 hours from the GEP Social Science list. PS 391 & PS 413 may not be used to fulfill this requirement.
5. Additional Breadth: Three credit hours. One course from the university GEP Mathematics/Natural Sciences/Engineering Additional Breadth list.
6. Arts and Letters Elective: Three credit hours. All HA courses, MUS 180, 200, 201, 202, 205, 206, 230, 260, 306, 310, 315, 320, 330, 335, 350, 360, all 200 and above REL courses, ADN 111, 112, 202, 212, 219, 231, 272, 273, 281, 311, 384, 386, 414, or 454,  AFS 340 or 375, ARC 140, 141, or 142, ARS 251, 252, 259, 306, 351, or 353, COM 103 203, 213, 233, 243, 303, 321, 323, 333, 340, 364, 374, or 411,  DAN 272 or 295, ENG 282, 283, 321, 364, 374, 411, or 492, FL 216, FLF 318, FLG 318, FLS 318, GD 200 or 342, GRK 310, IDS 496, LAR 444, LAT 310.
7. Health & Exercise Studies: Two credit hours of activity courses, including one 100-level fitness and wellness course and one 2xx level  healthy living course.
8. Foreign Language: Three credit hours.  Proficiency at the FL_102 level required.
9. Literature: Three credit hours. AFS 248, ENG 205, 206, 207, 208, 209, 219, 220, 221, 222, 223, 224, 232, 233, 246, 248, 249, 251, 252, 261, 262, 265, 266, 305, 349, 351, 362, 363, 369, 370, 371, 372, 373, 376, 377, 380, 382, 383, 385, 390, 394, 398, 399, 406, 407, 420, 439, 448, 449, 451, 452, 453, 462, 463, 464, 465, 468, 469, 470, 471, 486, or 487, FL 219, 220, 221, 222, 223, 224, 394, 406, or 407, FLF 301, 302, 316, 323, 324, 352, 414, 415, or 492, FLN 301, 302, 401, FLS 300, 301, 302, 303, 304, 323, 341, 342, 343, 351, 352, 353, 403, 404, or 492, FLG 300, 316, or 323, FLR 303 or 304, GRK 320, HON 202.
10. Natural Science: Sixteen credit hours. Three basic laboratory science courses from the GEP list of science courses for a total of 12.0 credit hours. These courses should be chosen from three of the following areas: Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, and Physics. One additional laboratory science course from the GEP list of science courses for a total of four credit hours.
11. Philosophy: Three credit hours. Any 3.0 credit PHI course from the university approved GEP Humanities list.
12. PS  Pair A Courses. Six credit hours. PS 201 and one of the following: PS 202, 204, 301, 306, 307, 308, 310, 311, 312, 314, 320, 401, 402, 406, 408, 411, 415, 502, 506, 507.
13. PS Pair B Courses: Six credit hours. Two courses selected from the following: PS 231, 236, 241, 331. 332, 336, 342, 343, 344, 345,346, 431, 437, 440, 441, 442, 445, 446.
14. Free Electives: Seventeen credit hours. Electives may be chosen from any university course for which the student qualifies. A maximum of 12 hours may be taken for credit-only (S/U).
15. PS Seminar: Three credit hours. One 400-or 500-level PS seminar, designated as such in the Schedule of Courses for a given semester, except PS 413, PS 498, PS 598.
16. PS Theory Course: Three credit hours. PS 361 or PS 362.
17. PS 400- or 500-level Elective: Three credit hours. Any PS or PA 400-level or 500-level course except PS 413.
18. PS Elective: Three credit hours. Any three credit PS course except PS 413.
19. Advanced Science/Technology Option:
Fifteen credit hours. Advised list of courses approved by advisor and CHASS Associate Dean.
20. PS Research Methods: Three credit hours. PS 371 or PS 471.
21. No grades below “C-” for any PS courses applied towards the major. 

*General Education Program (GEP) requirements and GEP Footnotes
To complete the requirements for graduation and the General Education Program, the following category credit hours and co-requisites must be satisfied. University approved GEP course lists for each of the following categories can be found at https://oucc.dasa.ncsu.edu/general-education-program/.

A. Mathematical Sciences (6 credit hours – one course with MA or ST prefix)
The math requirement in the major fulfills this requirement2
B. Natural Sciences (7 credit hours – include one laboratory course or course with a lab)
The natural science  requirement in the major fulfills this requirement12.
C. Humanities (6 credit hours selected from two different disciplines/course prefixes)
Choose from the University approved GEP Humanities course list or the following course(s) if completed as part of the Major requirements may fulfill part or all of this requirement:  Choose from the University approved GEP Humanities course list or the following course(s) if completed as part of the Major requirements may fulfill part or all of this requirement:  AFS 275, 276, HI 207, 215, 216, 233, 263, 264, 270, 275, 276; any PHI course on the GEP Humanities Course List13.
D. Social Sciences (6 credit hours selected from two different disciplines/course prefixes)
The social sciences  requirement in the major fulfills this requirement4
E.Health & Exercise Studies (2 credit hours – at least one 100-level Fitness and Wellness Course)
Choose from the University approved GEP Health & Exercise Studies course list.
F. Additional Breadth (3 credit hours to be selected from the following checked University approved GEP course lists)
 X  Mathematical Sciences/Natural Sciences/Engineering
G. Interdisciplinary Perspectives (5-6 credit hours)
Choose from the University approved GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives course list or the following course(s) if completed as part of the Major requirements may fulfill part or all of this requirement: None
H. Introduction to Writing (4 credit hours satisfied by completing ENG 101 with a C- or better)

The following Co-Requisites must be satisfied to complete the General Education Program requirements
I. U.S. Diversity (USD)
Choose from the University approved GEP U.S. Diversity course list or choose a course identified on the approved GEP course lists as meeting the U.S. Diversity (USD) co-requisite. The following course(s) completed as part of the Major requirements may fulfill this requirement: PS 303, 309, 409
J. Global Knowledge (GK)
Choose from the University approved GEP Global Knowledge course list or choose a course identified on the approved GEP course lists as meeting the Global Knowledge (GK) co-requisite. The following course(s) completed as part of the Major requirements may fulfill this requirement: PS 231, 236, 241, 335, 336, 339, 341, 342, 345, 431, 433
K. Foreign Language proficiency Proficiency at the FL_102 level is required for graduation.

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