Political Science 7-12, B.S.

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The graduation requirements are listed below. In addition, students select free electives to reach 120 credits overall required for the degree, and this program requires a 2.7 cumulative GPA for graduation.  The department website provides an overview of the program, admission requirements for the major (when applicable), faculty biographies, learning outcomes, and careers: https://www.southernct.edu/academics/political– science/programs.

This is an educator preparation program in the State of Connecticut with additional admission requirements (see Admissions>>Teacher/Educator Preparation Programs). Candidates recommended for certification must also meet any additional Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) requirements (see Degree Requirements>>Teacher/Educator Preparation Programs) in effect on the date CSDE receives the certification application.


All bachelor’s degree programs include liberal education (LEP) and writing (W) course requirements. To review more detailed information, please visit General Education (LEP) Degree Requirements.   


Up to three courses in the major/cognate may also satisfy LEP requirements and will be indicated below; no more than two courses in the same subject may be used towards LEP Explorations.

Political Science Requirements (30 Credits)
PSC 200 – Political Change and Conflict (T2CC)
PSC 240 – Introduction to Political Thought (T2CE)
PSC 260 – U.S. Government (T2AE)
PSC 270 – International Relations (T2GA)
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 (27 Credits)
EDU 316 – Child Development and Psychology for Educators
EDU 413 – Secondary Education
EDU 471 – Supporting English Learners for School Success 
HIS 490 – Social Science (Secondary School)
HIS 494 – Student Teaching (History)
HIS 496 – Student Teaching Seminar - History 
RDG 470 – Literacy in the Content Areas 
SED 225 – Introduction to Exceptionalities


EDU 200 – Teachers, Schools, and Society (T2CC)
HIS 100 – Western Civilization to 1500  OR
   HIS 101 – Western Civilization from 1500 to present  (T2TP)
HIS 110 – United States History I (T2AE) or HIS 111 – United States History II (T2AE)
SHE 203 – School Health (T2MB)

Select one non-western HIS course:
HIS 106East Asia to 1850
HIS 145 – History of Africa
HIS 242 – Imperial Russian and Soviet History, 1800- 1991
HIS 244 – Traditional & Modern East Asia
HIS 246 – African Politics & Culture
HIS 247 – Early Modern France
HIS 280 – Modern Iraq
HIS 291Latin American Revolutions and Rebellions
HIS 300 – The Vietnam War Era
HIS 342 – 20th Century China
HIS 392Hispanic Caribbean: Colony, Nation, and Diaspora

Additional 9 credits of HIS (excluding HIS 112)


Students with an overall 3.0 GPA may be approved to complete an accelerated pathway. Graduate courses may be completed during their senior year when a student has earned at least 90 credits. Courses successfully completed with a grade of 'C' or higher will earn dual credit to be applied to both the undergraduate and graduate transcript. Approval to start graduate coursework does not guarantee admission to the graduate program.

Accelerated Pathway to Graduate Program
In consultation with their advisor, students may select up to 6 credits of graduate level coursework (500-level or higher) appropriate to their intended graduate program of study.