BS - Political Science

  • College of Humanities and Social Sciences
    Department of Political Science and International Affairs

    Political Science, BS

    Program Information:
    Political Science is the study of the formal institutions of government and the actual behavior of people in public life. It examines both the institutions and processes of government using both empirical and normative research methodologies. A degree in political science is of value to all persons who take the responsibilities and opportunities of membership in a democratic society seriously. Specifically, political science is the undergraduate major of a majority of persons who attend law school; serves as prerequisite for graduate study in a number of social science disciplines; and is an ideal liberal arts major for careers in business, journalism, public and international affairs, the federal government, state and local government, teaching, interest groups, campaign management, communications, and many others. 

    This is a suggested 4-year schedule of courses based on the Political Science degree requirements and course prerequisites in the Fall 2018 Undergraduate Catalog. (If course prerequisites change, you must meet the prerequisites in effect when you take the course, so always check the current Catalog for course prerequisites.) 

    Milestones/Notes:

    1. Must earn a grade of "C" or better in coursework.
    2. Not all courses are offered every semester.
    3. See KSU online Catalog or departmental website for pre-requisite(s) or course descriptions.

    Contact Information:
    Freshmen and Sophomores: contact the CHSS advising center http://uac.hss.kennesaw.edu

    Juniors and Seniors: contact the Dept. of Political Science and International Affairs, Social Sciences Building (402), Rm 5047, (470) 578-6227

    http://psia.hss.kennesaw.edu/programs/bsps/

Term 1

  • Requirement
    Hours
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • First-Year Seminar or an academic Learning Community Required if first-year full-time student entering KSU with fewer than 15 semester hours.  
    3
  • MATH 1101 or MATH 1111 or MATH 1112 or MATH 1113 or MATH 1190
    3
Total: 15

Notes/Milestones:

  1. Political Science majors planning to satisfy the Lower Division electives requirement in Area F with FL 2001 need to take FL 1001.
  2. Students must meet with an academic advisor or peer advisor in the advising center each semester until earning 30 semester hours at KSU.

Term 2

  • Requirement
    Hours
  • 3
  • 3
  • STAT 1107 or MATH 1160 or MATH 1190 or MATH 2202
    3
  • 4
  • 3
Total: 16

Milestones/Notes:

  1. Political Science majors are encouraged to take STAT 1107 to provide a foundation for POLS 2280.
  2. Political Science majors are encouraged to take GEOG 1112 and GEOG 1113 to fulfill the science requirements.
  3. Political Science majors planning to satisfy the Lower Division electives requirement in Area F with FL 2001 need to take FL 1002 in the General Education Area B-2 Requirements.
  4. Students must meet with an academic advisor or peer advisor in the advising center each semester until earning 30 semester hours at KSU.

Year 1 (Hours: 31)

Term 3

  • Requirement
    Hours
  • 3
  • ART 1107 or DANC 1107 or MUSI 1107 or TPS 1107
    3
  • HIST 1100 or HIST 1111 or HIST 1112
    3
  • 3
  • 4
Total: 16

Notes/Milestones:

  1. Political Science majors are encouraged to take GEOG 1112 and GEOG 1113 to fulfill the science requirements.
  2. Students must meet with an academic advisor or peer advisor in the advising center each semester until earning 30 semester hours at KSU.

Term 4

  • Requirement
    Hours
  • 2
  • 3
  • 3
  • HIST 2111 or HIST 2112
    3
  • Lower Division Major Requirement FL 2001 or STAT 1107 (if STAT 1107 is taken for General Education Requirement, then another MATH class or FL 2001 must be taken). 
    3
  • 3
Total: 17
Year 2 (Hours: 33)

Term 5

Total: 15

Notes/Milestones:

  1. Upper Division Major Requirement (3000/4000 level): choose 1 course from 4 out of 5 subfields: (1) American Government and Politics, (2) Global Studies, (3) Political Theory, (4) Public Law and Administration, and (5) Research Methods.

Term 6

Total: 15

Notes/Milestones:

  1. Upper Division Major Requirement (3000/4000 level): choose 1 course from 4 out of 5 subfields: (1) American Government and Politics, (2) Global Studies, (3) Political Theory, (4) Public Law and Administration, and (5) Research Methods.

Year 3 (Hours: 30)

Term 7

  • Requirement
    Hours
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
Total: 15

Notes/Milestones:

  1. Upper Division Major Requirement (3000/4000 level): choose 1 course from 4 out of 5 subfields: (1) American Government and Politics, (2) Global Studies, (3) Political Theory, (4) Public Law and Administration, and (5) Research Methods.
  2. Submit a formal petition to graduate the term before graduation.

Term 8

  • Requirement
    Hours
  • 3
  • 3
  • Free Elective.  Any course in the university curriculum.
    3
  • Free Elective.  Any course in the university curriculum.
    3
  • Free Elective.  Any course in the university curriculum.
    3
  • Free Elective.  Any course in the university curriculum.
    3
Total: 18

Notes/Milestones:

  1. If FL 1001 is taken, one Free Elective is not needed.

Year 4 (Hours: 33)


Program Total: 127 Hours

Milestones: All courses indicated as a Milestone with this icon ( ) should be completed in the term suggested to prevent delays in program completion.

Disclaimer: An academic map is a suggested four-year schedule of courses based on degree requirements in the KSU undergraduate catalog. This sample schedule serves as a general guideline to help build a full schedule each term. Some departments allow students to use the three credit first-year seminar course as a free elective for a degree program, which may impact the program's total credit hours. Milestones, courses, and special requirements necessary for timely progress to complete a major are designated to keep you on track to graduate in four years. Missing milestones could delay your program. Enrolled Students should reference DegreeWorks and not this plan.

This map is not a substitute for academic advisement—contact your advisor if you have any questions about scheduling or about your degree requirements. Also see the current undergraduate catalog (catalog.kennesaw.edu) for a complete list of requirements and electives. Note: Requirements are continually under revision, and there is no guarantee they will not be changed or revoked; contact the department and/or program area for current information.

You may choose to attend a summer term to reduce your load during fall or spring terms but still stay on track to graduate in four years.


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