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 for more information.

Overall GPA of 2.7 Required
135 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. Any credits over 45 are counted toward free electives.

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

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

Tier 3 - Capstone: Any approved course except PSC 475 (required in major)

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.


69 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
39 Credits Required

EDU 201 – Introduction to Teaching Professions
EDU 413 – Secondary Education
HIS 490 – Social Science (Secondary School)
HIS 494 – Student Teaching (History)
HIS 496 – Student Teaching Seminar - History
IDS 470 – Literacy in the Content Areas
IDS 471 – English Language Learners in the Classroom
PHI 370 – Philosophy of Education
PSY 100 – Introduction to Psychology
PSY 370 – Educational Psychology
Additional 3 Credits of PSY
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

Additional 9 credits of HIS (excluding HIS 112)


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