Political Science 7-12, B.S.

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This program has a separate admission process. Please consult the admission requirements for this program on the College of Education page for more information.

Overall GPA of 2.7 Required
120 Overall Credits Required


Liberal Education Program

45 Credits Required

Students must complete a comprehensive three-tiered Liberal Education Program (LEP). View all requirements of the tiers on the Liberal Education Program.

While the choice of courses that fulfill the requirements is generally left up to students, some departments require that students select specific courses to complement their major. This major has specific Tier requirements/restrictions for the following:

Tier 2 – American Experience (select one):
HIS 110 – United States History I
HIS 111 - United States History II

Tier 2 – Mind and Body:
SHE 203 – School Health

Tier 2 - Social Structure, Conflict, and Consensus:
EDU 200 - Teachers, Schools, and Society

Tier 2 - Time and Place (select one):
HIS 100 - Western Civilization I
HIS 101 - Western Civilization 2

Tier 3 - Capstone: 
HIS 496 - Student Teaching Seminar - History

Writing Requirements (“W-Courses”)

Three W-courses are required. These may not be taken until after a student has passed ENG 112 — Writing Arguments. W-courses may count toward LEP, major, or cognate requirements, as well as free electives. Course sections that meet this requirement are designated by section numbers ending in “W”.

Transfer students who enter with 60 to 89 credits are required to pass two W-courses, while transfer students who enter with 90 credits or more must pass one W-course.



54 Credits Required

Political Science Requirements
30 Credits Required

Students who take any of the following 4 toward an LEP requirement, will replace the course in the major with a PSC course at the 200-level or higher, or a course approved by the department.

PSC 200 — Political Change and Conflict
PSC 240 — Introduction to Political Thought
PSC 260 — U.S. Government
PSC 270 — International Relations

PSC 365 - Research Methods in Political Science
PSC 475 - Capstone Seminar

An additional 12 credits of PSC at the 300 level or higher, or other subjects as approved by the political science department

Education Requirements
24 Credits Required

EDU 316 - Child Development and Psychology for Educators
EDU 413
 – Secondary Education
EDU 471 – Supporting English Learners for School Success (formerly IDS 471)
HIS 490 – Social Science (Secondary School)
HIS 494 – Student Teaching (History)
RDG 470 – Literacy in the Content Areas (formerly IDS 470)
SED 482 – Teaching Exceptional Students in the Secondary Education Classroom


18 Credits Required

HIS 101 - Western Civilization II
HIS 111 - United States History II

Select one non-western HIS course

  • HIS 145 - History of Africa
  • HIS 229 - Cuba and Puerto Rico
  • HIS 242 - Imperial Russian and Soviet History, 1800-1991
  • HIS 243 - Traditional & Modern East Asia
  • HIS 244 - Traditional & Modern East Asia
  • HIS 246 - African Politics & Culture
  • HIS 247 - Early Modern France
  • HIS 280 - Modern Iraq
  • HIS 300 - The Vietnam War Era
  • HIS 342 - 20th Century China

Additional 9 credits of HIS (excluding HIS 112)


Students must take remaining credits to reach Overall Credits Required (listed above).