Political Science - A.B.

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Degree Requirements

Entrance Requirements for the Major

General Education Core Curriculum
(Selected with the advice of an academic advisor)

Areas I II III IV V
Area VI
Major Requirements
College-wide Requirements must be satisfied in order to graduate with this major
TOTAL DEGREE HOURS 120 hours
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I. Foundation Courses (9 hours)

ENGL 1101 or ENGL 1101E or ENGL 1101S 
ENGL 1102 or ENGL 1102E or ENGL 1103 or ENGL 1050H or ENGL 1060H  
MATH 1101 or MATH 1113 or MATH 2200 or MATH 2250 or MATH 2300H or MATH 2400 or MATH 2400H or MATH 2410 or MATH 2410H 
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II. Sciences (7-8 hours)

At least one of the physical science or life science courses must include a laboratory.
Physical Sciences (3-4 hours)
No preferred courses for this area. See Core Curriculum view.
Life Sciences (3-4 hours)
No preferred courses for this area. See Core Curriculum view.

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III. Quantitative Reasoning (3-4 hours)

Preferred Course(s): STAT 2000 or STAT 2100H or MATH 1060 or MATH 2200 or MATH 2300H or MATH 2260 or MATH 2400 or MATH 2400H or MATH 2410 or MATH 2410H 

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IV. World Languages and Culture, Humanities and the Arts (12 hours)

Note: Course credit received as a result of a score on a departmental foreign language placement test will not satisfy the General Education Core Curriculum requirements in Area IV, World Languages and Culture, Humanities and the Arts.
World Languages and Culture (9 hours)
Preferred Course(s): Foreign Language Courses

Humanities and the Arts (3 hours)
No preferred courses for this area. See Core Curriculum view.
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V. Social Sciences (9 hours)

  • Students who have not met the Georgia and U.S. Constitution requirement by examination should enroll in POLS 1101 or POLS 1101E or POLS 1105H.
  • A passing grade on an examination on the history of the United States and Georgia is required to satisfy the United States and Georgia History Requirement for all persons receiving a baccalaureate degree from the University, unless exempted by one of the following courses: HIST 2111, HIST 2111E, HIST 2111H, HIST 2112, HIST 2112E, HIST 2112H, HIST 3080H. Examinations are given at University Testing Services. Reexamination is permitted. Contact University Testing Services at (706) 542-3183 for information.
Preferred Course(s): HIST 2111 or HIST 2111H or HIST 2112 or HIST 2112H or POLS 1101 or POLS 1105H 

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Area VI

ECON 2105 or ECON 2105H or ECON 2106 or ECON 2106H
Third semester foreign language

Choose twelve hours from the following courses, with no more than six hours from a single department:
AFAM 2000 or AFAM 2000H
ANTH 1102 or ANTH 2120H
COMM 1100 or COMM 2150H
COMM 3100 
COMM 4350/6350 
ECON 1100
ECON 2105 or ECON 2105H
ECON 2106 or ECON 2106H 
ECON 2200 or ECON 2200H
GEOG 1101 
GEOG 1103 or GEOG 2130H
GEOG 1125 or GEOG 2250H
GEOL 1120 
HIST 2051 or HIST 2050H
HIST(AFST) 2052 
HIST 2111
HIST 2112
HIST 2301 or HIST 2311H
HIST 2302 or HIST 2312H
HIST 2701 or HIST 2701H
HIST 2702 or HIST 2702H
INTL 1100 or INTL 1100H
PHIL 2010 or PHIL 2010H
PHIL 2020 or PHIL 2020H
PHIL 2030 or PHIL 2030H 
PSYC 1101 or PSYC 1030H
SOCI 1101 or SOCI 1101H 
SOCI(AFAM) 2020
SOCI 2090
SOCI 2420
SOCI 2470
SOCI 2500
SOCI 2600
SOCI 2730
SOCI(AFAM) 2820
Third semester of a foreign language 

If any of the courses in Area VI have been used to satisfy Areas II-V of the Core Curriculum, General Electives may be taken here. (Refer to College-wide requirements when selecting General Electives) 

 

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Major Requirements

A baccalaureate degree program must require at least 21 semester hours of upper division courses in the major field and at least 39 semester hours of upper division work overall.
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Required Courses (30 hours)

All courses for the major must have a grade of "C" (2.0) or better.

Choose two courses from the following Theory and Method courses:

POLS 3000 or POLS 3000EPOLS 4071
POLS 3100HPOLS 4072
POLS 4010POLS 4073
POLS 4020POLS 4080
POLS 4030POLS 4090 or POLS 4090H
POLS 4040POLS 4150 or POLS 4150H
POLS 4060POLS 4190 or POLS 4190H
POLS 4070


Choose two courses from the following American Studies courses:
POLS 3600 POLS 4625 or POLS 4625H
POLS 4105 or POLS 4105H POLS 4635
POLS 4207HPOLS 4640 or POLS 4640H 
POLS 4400 or POLS 4400H POLS 4650
POLS 4410 or POLS 4410H POLS 4660 or POLS 4660H 
POLS 4510POLS 4690
POLS 4515 or POLS 4515H POLS 4700 or POLS 4700H 
POLS 4520/6520 or POLS 4520H POLS 4710 or POLS 4710H 
POLS 4530 or POLS 4530H POLS 4720
POLS 4540 or POLS 4540H POLS 4730
POLS 4550POLS 4740 or POLS 4740H 
POLS 4555 or POLS 4555H POLS 4750
POLS 4560 POLS 4780 or POLS 4780H 
POLS 4600 or POLS 4600H POLS 4781 
POLS 4605 or POLS 4605H POLS 4790 or POLS 4790H
POLS 4610/6610 or POLS 4610HPOLS 4900 
POLS 4615 or POLS 4615HPOLS 5030 




Choose an additional eighteen hours.  Students may choose courses from POLS 2000, POLS(INTL) 4325, POLS 4960, POLS 4960H, POLS 4990H, either field above, or from the 5000-level courses listed below. Six of the eighteen hours may come from any INTL or PADP course at the 3000-level or higher. No more than two 5000-level courses may be taken to satisfy this requirement. 
POLS 5101POLS 5121
POLS 5102POLS 5122
POLS 5111POLS 5131
POLS 5112POLS 5132

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General Electives (36 hours)
(Refer to College-wide requirements when selecting general electives.)
Upper division (15 hours)
Any level (21 hours)

Note: Political Science requires individual review of non-equivalent transfer courses before they can be used to satisfy Area VI and Major Requirements.
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(This total does not include the 1-hour P.E. requirement)
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