The plan listed below is designed to provide suggestions for sequencing your major courses, but there are also other ways to sequence most majors. This plan is meant to provide aid in early, provisional planning. Please consult with your academic advisor to make strategic academic decisions about which courses to take each semester.

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Sample Four Year Plan: Political Science and International Relations (BS or BA)

FALL - Semester 1

POL 161: American National Government*
ENG 190: Writing As Critical Thinking
Elementary Language Course
MATH 156: College Algebra or MATH 186: PreCalculus
TRU 110: Self and Society
TRU 100: Truman Symposium

SPRING - Semester 2

POL 171: Intro to Political Science**
COMM 170: Fundamentals of Speech
Elementary Language Course
MATH 157: Plane Trigonometry
Free Elective

FALL - Semester 3

POL 250: International Relations
STAT 190: Statistics
BA/BS Requirement
STEM: Lab Course
Arts and Humanities Perspective Course
(Military Science II if also taken in Spring)

SPRING - Semester 4

POL 300: Methodology
Arts and Humanities Perspective Course
BA/BS Requirement
Social Perspective
Arts and Humanities Perspective Course

FALL - Semester 5

POL 310: Comparative Politics
Minor/Required Support
JINS: Junior Interdisciplinary Writing Seminar
STEM Course

SPRING - Semester 6

POL 398: Political Thought
Minor/Required Support
Minor/Required Support
Free Elective
POL 344: Public Administration*** or POL xxx: Political Science Elective

FALL - Semester 7

POL 410: Advanced Public Policy
POL xxx: Political Science Elective
Minor/Required Support
Free Elective
Free Electives to 120 Hours

SPRING - Semester 8

POL 460: Capstone: Senior Seminar
POL xxx: Political Science Elective
Minor/Required Support
Free Elective
Free Elective to 120 Hours

*Fulfills the Missouri Statute Requirement and a Social Perspective course.

** Satisfies the Intercultural Requirement.

***Required of B.S. students.  The course may be taken as an elective by B.A. students.

A total of 120 hours are required for graduation; 40 of these must be 300 level or above courses.

A 2.0 cumulative GPA and a 2.0 major GPA are necessary to graduate with a Political Science and International Relations major.

The Dialogues Curriculum requires a certain number of courses/credit hours in the following Perspectives: Social, Arts and Humanities, STEM, Communications, and Statistics. The exact number of courses a student will be required to take during their undergraduate career varies individually according to the credit transferred in.

Department Chair: Please contact the Center for Academic Excellence with any updates to the plan above.

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major. The Office of the Registrar is responsible for certifying completion of degree requirements based on requirements specified in Truman's Official Catalog.

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