Political Science - B.S.

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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
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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)

No preferred courses for this area. See Core Curriculum view.

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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): POLS 1101

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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.
At least 24 hours of major required courses must be taken in residence.


Theory and Method Courses (12 hours)

Choose one course not taken above from the following:


American Studies Courses (9 hours)
Choose three courses from the following:


Choose an additional nine hours of 3000-level or higher POLS courses (excluding POLS 5100, POLS 5110, POLS 5120, POLS 5130, and POLS 5140). Only six hours of the POLS courses may be at the 5000-level. Students may also select up to six hours of 3000-level or higher INTL or PADP courses.
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Major Electives (7-8 hours)
MATH 2260 or MSIT 3000 or STAT 2000
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General Electives (22-23 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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