May 25, 2019
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Department of Political Science
Students must complete the General Education Requirements :
- POLS 1100 (required for POLS and LCS majors) will fulfill the American Institutions requirement
- (required for POLS majors) will fulfill the Social Sciences requirement
Students must also complete the University Studies Depth Requirements :
- (required for POLS majors), plus , or (if selected in the Area Requirements), will fulfill the Communication Intensive (CI) requirement
- (required for POLS majors) will fulfill the Quantitative Intensive (QI) requirement
- Complete at least 2 credits in approved 3000-level or above courses from each of the following two categories: Humanities and Creative Arts (DHA) and Life and Physical Sciences (DSC)
Bachelor of Arts Degree Language Requirement
Bachelor of Arts Degree
A Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree signifies proficiency in one or more foreign languages. Specifically, the BA requirement may be completed in one of the following ways:
- Demonstration of proficiency in one foreign language by successful completion of one course at the 2020-level or higher (or its equivalent).
- Demonstration of proficiency in American Sign Language by successful completion of COMD 4920 and COMD 4780 , and by passing an exit interview.
- Demonstration of proficiency in two foreign languages by successful completion of the 1020 course level in one language and the 2010 course level in the second language (or its equivalent).
- Completion of an upper-division (3000-level or higher) foreign language grammar or literature course requiring the 2020 course level (or its equivalent) as a prerequisite. Conversation courses cannot be considered for satisfying this requirement.
For nonnative English-speaking students only, the following options are available:
- Successful completion of the Intensive English Language Institute (IELI) program for international students.
- TOEFL, Michigan, or IELI placement scores high enough to meet the University admission criteria.
Law and Constitutional Studies Major
Minimum GPA for Admission: 3.0, USU; 3.0, Career
Minimum GPA for Graduation: 3.0, major courses; 3.0, USU; 3.0, Career
Minimum Grade Accepted: C in major courses
This is a rigorous program designed for students interested in leadership roles in business, public communications, government, education, or the study or practice of law.
A. Total Credits in Political Science Courses: 36
Please note that none of the courses can be taken Pass/Fail; all Political Science courses must be taken for a letter grade. Also, all courses must be attended in their entirety. Students cannot take these courses during an internship.
B. Career Total and USU Cumulative GPAs: 3.00
C. Average GPA in Political Science Courses: 3.00
D. Required Courses (21 credits)
E. Course Sequencing
Law and Constitutional Studies majors are required to complete POLS 1100 as a prerequisite to all 3000-and 4000-level Political Science courses. It is advised that Law and Constitutional Studies majors take POLS 3120 prior to POLS 4120 , POLS 4130 , POLS 5130 , or POLS 5140
F. Area Requirements (6 credits minimum)
Students must take a minimum of six upper-division credits in U.S. Government and Policy in addition to courses required for this major.
G. Electives (9 credits)
Any Political Science upper-division courses can be used to complete the major and fulfill this requirement, with two exceptions:
- Not more than three credits in Directed Readings courses (POLS 4910 ) can apply to this requirement.
- Not more than three credits in the following courses can apply to this requirement:
Minimum University Requirements