Political Science: Requirements for Bachelor of Science

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
MATH 156: College Algebra
Liberal Studies Program (LSP) coursework

SPRING - Semester 2

POL 171: Intro to Political Science
MATH 157: Plane Trigonometry
Liberal Studies Program (LSP) coursework

FALL - Semester 3

POL 250: Introduction to International Relations
STAT 190: Basic Statistics
BA/BS Requirement
Liberal Studies Program (LSP) coursework

SPRING - Semester 4

POL 300: Political Science Methodology
BA/BS Requirement
Liberal Studies Program (LSP) coursework

FALL - Semester 5

POL 310: Comparative Politics: Theory and Research
Minor/Required Support
POL 344: Principles of Public Administration (required for BS only) or POL Elective
Liberal Studies Program (LSP) coursework

SPRING - Semester 6

POL 398: Survey of Political Thought
Minor/Required Support
POL Elective or Free Elective
Liberal Studies Program (LSP) coursework

FALL - Semester 7

POL 410: Advanced Public Policy
POL Elective
Minor/Required Support
Minor/Required Support
Liberal Studies Program (LSP) coursework

SPRING - Semester 8

POL 460: Capstone: Senior Seminar in Political Science and International Relations
POL Elective or Free Elective
Minor/Required Support
Liberal Studies Program (LSP) coursework

Elective course options include POL 254: Politics and Film, POL 253: Environmental Politics, POL 320: Politics of Latin America, POL 357: American Foreign Relations, POL 361: Law and the Judicial Process, POL 364: The Presidency, POL 365: Congress and the Legislative Process, POL 367: Political Parties and Interest Groups, and POL 371: Constitutional Law among others.

Department chair: please contact Jonathan Vieker 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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