Political Science B.S.(PLSBS) at University Park

Effective Date: Fall 2015

Semester 1

Course DetailsCredits
MATH 110 (GQ) - Techniques of Calculus INotes for: MATH 110

MATH 110

Requirements for this course
  • # Course is an Entrance-to-Major requirement.#
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
or MATH 140 (GQ) - Calculus With Analytic Geometry INotes for: MATH 140

MATH 140

Requirements for this course
  • # Course is an Entrance-to-Major requirement.#
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
4
PL SC 010 - Scientific Study of PoliticsNotes for: PL SC 010

PL SC 010

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
PL SC 001 - Introduction to American National Government Notes for: PL SC 001

PL SC 001

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
or PL SC 003 (GS, IL) - Introduction to Comparative PoliticsNotes for: PL SC 003

PL SC 003

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
or PL SC 007 (GS) - Contemporary Political IdeologiesNotes for: PL 007

PL 007

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
or PL SC 014 (GS, IL) - International RelationsNotes for: PL SC 014

PL SC 014

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
or PL SC 017 (GS) - Introduction to Political TheoryNotes for: PL SC 017

PL SC 017

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
3
3
Total credits 16

Semester 2

Course DetailsCredits
PL SC 001, 003(IL), 007, 014 (IL), or 017Notes for: Found. PL SC

Found. PL SC

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
CMPSC 101 (GQ) - Introduction to C++ ProgrammingNotes for: CMPSC 101

CMPSC 101

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or CMPSC 131-- Programming and Computation I: FundamentalsNotes for: CMPSC 131

CMPSC 131

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or CMPSC 203 (GQ) - Introduction to Spreadsheets and DatabasesNotes for: CMPSC 203

CMPSC 203

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
3
3
3
Total credits 15

Semester 3

Course DetailsCredits
PL SC 001, 003 (IL), 007, 014 (IL), or 017Notes for: Found. PL SC

Found. PL SC

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
PL SC 309 - Quantitative Political AnalysisNotes for: PL SC 309

PL SC 309

Admission to the major requires a grade of B or better in PL SC 309.
Requirements for this course
  • # Course is an Entrance-to-Major requirement.#
3
Social Science (GS)Notes for: GS

GS

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
STAT 184 - Introduction to RNotes for: STAT 184

STAT 184

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
1
3
3
Total credits 16

Semester 4

Course DetailsCredits
PL SC 308 - Introduction to Political ResearchNotes for: PL SC 308

PL SC 308

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
Social Science (GS)Notes for: GS

GS

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
Methodology CourseNotes for: Methods

Methods

Select from department course list
Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
3
3
Total credits 15

Semester 5

Course DetailsCredits
PL SC 400 Level (W)Notes for: PL SC 4xx

PL SC 4xx

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
Methodology CourseNotes for: METHODS

METHODS

Select from department list
Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
PL SC 404 - Analyzing Public Policy in the American States

PL SC 404

or PL SC 429 - Analysis of Electoral PoliticsNotes for: PL SC 429

PL SC 429

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or PL SC 447 - Analysis of Public Opinion and Political AttitudesNotes for: PL SC 447

PL SC 447

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or PL SC 476 - Empirical Legal StudieNotes for: PL SC 476

PL SC 476

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
3
3
Total credits 15

Semester 6

Course DetailsCredits
PL SC 404, 429, 447, or 476Notes for: PL SC Data Intensive

PL SC Data Intensive

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
Methodology CourseNotes for: METHODS

METHODS

Select from department list.
3
PLSC 400-Level

PLSC 4xx

3
PLSC 400-level

PLSC 4xx

3
Elective
3
Total credits 15

Semester 7

Course DetailsCredits
PL SC 404, 429, 447, or 476

PL SC Data Intensive

3
Supporting ElectiveNotes for: Supporting

Supporting

Select 12 credits from deparment approved list of courses in the arts, humanities, languages, social and behavioral sciences, natural sciences, and related fields.
Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
Supporting ElectiveNotes for: Supporting

Supporting

Select 12 credits from deparment approved list of courses in the arts, humanities, languages, social and behavioral sciences, natural sciences, and related fields.
Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
Elective/US Cultures (US)
3
Elective
3
Total credits 15

Semester 8

Course DetailsCredits
PL SC 494 - Research ProjectNotes for: PL Sc 494

PL Sc 494

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or PL SC 496 - Independent StudiesNotes for: PL SC 496

PL SC 496

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or L A 495 - Political Science Internship

L A 495

or PL SC 404, 429, 447, 476Notes for: PL SC Data Intensive

PL SC Data Intensive

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
Supporting ElectivesNotes for: Supporting

Supporting

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
Supporting ElectiveNotes for: Supporting

Supporting

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
Elective
3
Elective
1
Total credits 16

Additional Notes

  • GWS, GQ, GA, GH, GS, GN and GHA are codes used to identify General Education requirements.
  • US, IL, and US;IL are codes used to designate courses that satisfy University United States/International Cultures requirements. All students are required to take one IL and one US course before graduation. A course designated as US;IL may be used as a US or an IL, not both.
  • W suffix signifies the course satisfies the University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

Program Notes

Students must complete a 3-credit course in "United States Cultures (US)" and a 3-credit course in "International Cultures (IL)."

Methodology courses: STAT 380, 461, 462, 463, 466, GEOG 363, 364, PL SC 410

Supporting Courses: 

African Studies and African American Studies – all courses at the 400-level and above

Anthropology – all courses at the 300-level and above

Communication – 403, 404, 405, 409, 410, 484, 489W, 492, 493
Communication Arts & Sciences – 404, 409, 422, 426, 452, 455, 471, 475, 478, 483

Criminology – 422, 433, 451, 453, 467, 469, 423

Economics – all courses at the 300-level and above

Geography – all courses at the 300-level and above

History – all courses at the 400-level and above

Philosophy – all courses at the 200-level and above

Political Science – all courses at the 300-level and above

Psychology – all courses at the 400-level and above

Sociology – all courses at the 400-level and above

Women’s Studies – all courses at the 400-level and above

IST 234, 235, 250

 

Legend

# Course is an Entrance-to-Major requirement.
* Course requires a grade of 'C' or better.
† Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.

Footnotes

PL SC 309
Admission to the major requires a grade of B or better in PL SC 309.
Methods
Select from department course list
METHODS
Select from department list
METHODS
Select from department list.
Supporting
Select 12 credits from deparment approved list of courses in the arts, humanities, languages, social and behavioral sciences, natural sciences, and related fields.
Supporting
Select 12 credits from deparment approved list of courses in the arts, humanities, languages, social and behavioral sciences, natural sciences, and related fields.