Political Science - A.B.


Degree Requirements

Entrance Requirements for the Major

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

Area VI
Major Requirements
College-wide Requirements must be satisfied in order to graduate with this major


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 1113E or MATH 2200 or MATH 2250 or MATH 2250E or MATH 2300H or MATH 2400 or MATH 2400H or MATH 2410 or MATH 2410H or STAT 2000 or STAT 2000E

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.


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 


IV. World Languages and Global 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 Global Culture, Humanities and the Arts.
World Languages and Global 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.

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 1101H.
  • 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 1101H


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(HIST) 2000 or AFAM 2000H
ANTH 1102 or ANTH 2120H
COMM 1110 or COMM 2150H
COMM 3100 
COMM 4350/6350 
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(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 2420
SOCI 2470
SOCI 2600
SOCI 2730
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)


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.

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.  

Choose two courses from the following Theory and Method courses:

POLS 3000 or POLS 3000EPOLS 4070
POLS 3010POLS 4071
POLS 3100HPOLS 4072
POLS 3220POLS 4073
POLS 3230POLS 4080
POLS 4010POLS 4090 or POLS 4090H
POLS 4020POLS 4150 or POLS 4150H
POLS 4030POLS 4155
POLS 4040POLS 4156E
POLS 4045POLS 4190 or POLS 4190H
POLS 4060POLS 4641

Choose two courses from the following American Studies courses:
POLS 3600 POLS 4635
POLS 3610 POLS 4640 or POLS 4640H 
POLS 4105 or POLS 4105H POLS 4641
POLS 4400 or POLS 4400H POLS 4645E 
POLS 4410 or POLS 4410H POLS 4650
POLS 4420POLS 4660
POLS 4510POLS 4665 
POLS 4515 or POLS 4515H POLS 4690
POLS 4520/6520 or POLS 4520H POLS 4700 or POLS 4700E or POLS 4700H 
POLS 4525POLS 4705
POLS 4530 or POLS 4530H POLS 4710 or POLS 4710E or POLS 4710H 
POLS 4540 or POLS 4540H POLS 4720 or POLS 4720E
POLS 4541 POLS 4730
POLS 4550POLS 4740 or POLS 4740H 
POLS 4551 or POLS 4551E POLS 4750
POLS 4555POLS 4760 
POLS 4560 POLS 4770 
POLS 4565 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 
POLS 4620ESOCI(LACS)(POLS) 4055/6055
POLS 4625 or POLS 4625H

Choose an additional eighteen hours of 3000-level or higher POLS courses including POLS 2000 (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.  
POLS 5101POLS 5121
POLS 5102POLS 5122
POLS 5111POLS 5131
POLS 5112POLS 5132


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.
(This total does not include the 1-hour P.E. requirement)