Degree plan

GENERAL EDUCATION CURRICULUM

GEC 01. Written Communication (6 hours)

01. ENG 101
02. ENG 102

GEC 02. Natural Science and Mathematics (11 hours minimum)  

Science Requirement (8 hours minimum)
01. Select 2 courses with labs:

  • AST 111/L
  • AST 112/L
  • BSC 103/L****
  • BSC 110/L****
  • BSC 111/L****
  • BSC 250/L
  • BSC 251/L
  • CHE 104/L
  • CHE 106/L
  • CHE 107/L
  • GHY 104/L
  • GHY 105/L
  • GLY 101/L
  • GLY 103/L
  • MAR 151/L
  • PHY 103/L
  • PHY 111/L
  • PHY 112/L
  • PHY 201/L
  • PHY 202/L
  • PSC 190/L

Mathematics Requirement (3 hours)

02. Select 1 course:

  • MAT 100***
  • MAT 101
  • Higher-level MAT course

GEC 03. Humanities (9 hours)

01. ENG 203
02. Select 2 courses, 1 History required

  • HIS 101
  • HIS 102
  • PHI 151
  • PHI 171
  • REL 131                      

GEC 04. Aesthetic Values (3 hours)

01. Select 1 course:

  • ART 130
  • DAN 130
  • MUS 165
  • THE 100

GEC 05. Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 hours)

01. Select 2 courses:

  • ANT 101
  • COH 100
  • ECO 101
  • GHY 101
  • PS 101*
  • PSY 110
  • SOC 101

GEC 06. Computer Competency Requirement (3 hours)

01. LIS 201    

GEC 07. Writing-Intensive Requirement (Major Area)

01. Students must take one Major Area of Study course designated as Writing-Intensive (WI).

ENG 101 & ENG 102 prerequisites

GEC 08. Speaking-Intensive Requirement (3 hours)

01. Select 1 course:

  • CMS 111 (SI) 
  • CMS 305 (SI) 
  • CMS 320 (SI) 
  • CMS 330 (SI)

GEC 09. Capstone Requirement (Major Area)

01. PS 491 (Capstone)

Must be taken Senior Year; ENG 101 & ENG 102 prerequisites 

*This course satisfies both the GEC requirement and a program requirement for this major. 

**This GEC course is recommended by this major.

***This course does not satisfy prerequisites for any other math course.

****GEC restrictions apply. View a full description of the GEC.

GEC 06 - GEC 09 courses are specific to the major.

PROGRAM CURRICULUM

DEG 01. Major Area of Study Requirements (33-36 hours)

01. PS 101*
02. PS 201
03. Select 1 course from each of the four areas of Political Science:

  • 1) Theory: PS 321 or PS 420 (WI) or PS 421 or PS 426
  • 2) American Politics: PS 301 or PS 303 or PS 304 or PS 305 or PS 401 or PS 402 or PS 404 or PS 405 (WI) or PS 406 (WI) or PS 407 (WI) or PS 408 or PS 409
  • 3) Global Politics: PS 330 (WI) or PS 331 (WI) or PS 350 or PS 431 (WI) or PS 432 or PS 435 or PS 450 or PS 451 or PS 452 or PS 453 (WI) or PS 454 or PS 456 (WI) or PS 457 (WI) or PS 458 or PS 459 (WI)
  • 4) Public Law and Administration: PS 370 or PS 375 or PS 380 or PS 470 or PS 472 or PS 473 or PS 474 or PS 480 (WI) or PS 481 or PS 484 or PS 485 or PS 488 or PS 489

04. Select 5 additional courses from at least 2 groups above. May include PS 211 and PS 212
05. PS 491 (Capstone)    

DEG 02. Additional Requirements (12-21 hours)

01. Select 1 course not selected in GEC 05:

  • ANT 101 
  • GHY 101 
  • PS 201 
  • SOC 101

02. Select 1 course:

  • ENG 200 
  • ENG 201 
  • ENG 202 
  • FLM 170 
  • HIS 201 
  • HIS 202 
  • WS 301

03. Select 1 option:

  • Select remaining history course not selected in GEC 03: HIS 101 or HIS 102
  • If both history courses selected in GEC 03, select 1 course: PHI 151 or PHI 171 or REL 131

04. Foreign Language Requirement:

  • 12 hours in a single foreign language; fewer hours may suffice, but course level 202 must be completed

DEG 03. Required Minor (18 hours)

01. Students must fulfill requirements to receive a minor in another discipline

DEG 04. Electives

01. Choose electives as needed with adviser’s approval.

(See Hours to Degree below.)

HOURS TO DEGREE

124 hours are needed to graduate with a BA in Political Science.  At least 50 percent of the hours applied to a degree at The University of Southern Mississippi must be earned from a senior college, and 45 of these hours must be in courses numbered 300 or above.  The last 25 percent of course work must be earned from Southern Miss.  The student must earn at least 12 hours in the major area of study from Southern Miss.