May 24, 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.
Political Science Major Requirements
Students who wish to become Political Science majors must apply for admission after completing the Department's pre-major program. New freshmen in good standing are eligible to declare the pre-major. Continuing students and transfer students with a 2.5 GPA are eligible to delcare the pre-major. When the pre-major courses are completed with a GPA of 2.5, the student will be able to declare the Political Science major. A student must be declared as a Political Science Major in order to apply for graduation.
A. Complete all of the following (15 credits)
B. Complete Two additional General Education courses (6 credits) chosen with undergraduate advisor:
In an effort to support essential learning outcomes, it is recommended that the student follow the general education program contained in the Preparing for Degrees, Careers and Lives: Pathways to General Education pamphlet developed by the College of Humanitites and Social Sciences.
Careful selection of general education classes can enhance a student's undergraduate experience. The following are examples of recommendations to help students enhance their experience in the social sciences and foster critical and creative thinking skills of inquiry, analysis, and evaluation.
Students who wish to emphasize US Government and policy analysis in their curriculum are encouraged to consider:
Law school candidates:
Interest in environmental policy issues:
International relations and Foreign Service:
Those with an emphasis in political theory:
Political Science Major Requirements (36 credits)
Completion of Pre-major with a 2.5
Minimum GPA for Admission: 2.5, USU; 2.5, Career
Minimum GPA for Graduation: 2.5, major courses; 2.5, USU; 2.5, Career
Minimum Grade Accepted: C- in major courses
A. Total credits in Political Science Courses: 36
C. Average GPA in Political Science Courses: 2.50
D. Required Courses (15 credits)
E. Area Requirements (15 credits minimum)
Select two of the following four areas: U.S. Government and Policy, International Relations, Comparative Politics, and Political Theory. Complete nine upper-division credits in one of the selected areas and six upper-division credits in the other. Even though a course may be listed under more than one area, it can be applied to only one area. Prior to taking the upper-division courses in a particular area, students must take the introductory course corresponding to that specific area.
1. U.S. Government and Policy
2. International Relations
F. Electives (6 credits)
In addition to the 15 credits of required prerequisite courses and the 15 credits of area courses, students must complete six upper-division elective credits. Any upper-division Political Science courses may be used to 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