Political Science (BS) (16PSBS)

Freshman Year

Fall Semester Credit Spring Semester Credit
Natural Science Course 1 1,B 4 Natural Science Course 2 1,B 4
ENG 101 H 4 Philosophy 9,C 3
Social Science Elective Course 1 D,8 3 Math Course 2 3,A 3
Math Course 1 3,A 3 Social Science Elective Course 2 8,D 3
HES_*** Health & Exercise Studies Course E 1 Free Elective 11 1
  15   14

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester Credit Spring Semester Credit
Natural Science Course 3 10 4 Natural Science 1 4
Literature 6 3 Arts & Letters Elective 10 3
PS 201 (Pair A Course 1) 3 History Course 5,C 3
Math Course A,3 3 PS Pair A Course 12 3
HES_*** Health & Exercise Studies Course E 1 Social Science8 3
  14   16

Junior Year

Fall Semester Credit Spring Semester Credit
Writing/Communication 7 3 PS Elective 16 3
Free Elective 11 4 PS 371 or PS 471 3
International Affairs/Comp Pol  13 3 International Affairs/Comp Pol  13 3
PS 361 or PS 362 3 PS 400 or 500 Level Seminar 14 3
GEP Additional Breadth (MA/NS/E) F 3 Advanced Science/Tech Option Course 1 4 3
  16   15

Senior Year

Fall Semester Credit Spring Semester Credit
Advanced Science/Tech Option Course 2 4 3 Advanced Science/Tech Option Course 4 4 3
PS 400-or 500-level elective15 3 Advanced Science/Tech Option Course 5 4 3
Advanced Science/Tech Option Course 3 4 3 GEP Interdiscp. Perspectives G 2
GEP Interdiscp. PersectivesG 3 Free Electives 11 6
Free Electives 11 4    
  16   14

 

Minimum Credit Hours Required for Graduation* I,J,K,17,18: 120
Major/Program Footnotes:

  1. Basic Science: Twelve (12) hours from Natural Science Group 201 Basic Sciences.  (Three basic laboratory science courses from the GEP list of Natural Science courses.  One course each from three of the following areas:  Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, and Physics). Four (4) hours from Group 202 Science Electives (One additional laboratory science course from the GEP list of Natural Science courses). 16 credits
  2. Calculus: Choose one course from the College approved list.  3-4 credits.
  3. Math Electives: Two additional math or statistics courses chosen from MA 114 and above or ST 305 and above. One of the courses must be selected from the GEP Mathematical Sciences list. 6 to 8 credits. 
  4. Advanced Science/ Technology Requirement: A 15-hour concentration in ONE area of science, technology, or mathematics is required.  A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required in this group of courses. Approval of the selected courses will be indicated by the signature of the student, the student’s advisor, the department’s B.S. program coordinator (if different from the advisor), and the H&SS Associate/Assistant Dean.
  5. History: Choose from the College approved list, one 3-credit 200-level survey course covering a culture significantly different from our own, i.e., ancient or non-Western, or one 3-credit 200-level survey course covering our own or a similar culture, i.e., United States or other Western Culture
  6.  Literature:Choose from the College approved list, one 3-credit survey course covering literature outside the U.S. and prior to the 20th century; or a course in American or Twentieth Century Literature; an upper division survey course; literature course in a period, genre, or major figure in English, a foreign language in English translation, or the original foreign language.  
  7.  Writing and Communication: One course in advanced writing, speech, or a 200-level foreign language course. 3 credits.
  8. Social Science: Nine (9) credit hours, selected from College-approved list, required from three different disciplines, six (6) hours must be on GEP-Social Sciences list.
  9. Philosophy:Any PHI course on the approved GEP-Humanities list. 3 credits.
  10. Arts and Letters: One 3-credit hour course is required from the College-approved Arts & Letters course list. 3 credits
  11. Free Elective: Maximum 12 hours of free electives may be taken for credit only.
  12. American Politics/Pol & Adm: 3 credits. Choose from department approved course list.
  13. International Affairs/Comp Pol: 6 credits. Choose from department approved course list.
  14. PS Seminar: 3 credits. Choose from department approved course list.
  15. PS 400-/500- Level Elective: 3 credits. Choose from department approved course list.
  16. PS Elective: 3 credits. Choose from department approved course list.
  17. Major Residency Requirements: A minimum of 18 credit hours of PS courses taken at NC State with a grade of C or better.
  18. Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirements: A 2.0 GPA is required in all major courses with a PS prefix.

  *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 http://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: Minimum requirements are satisfied by College History I and Philosophy requirements. 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:  K. Foreign Language proficiency Proficiency at the FL_102 level is required for graduation.

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