Degree plan


General Education Curriculum


GEC 01. Written Communication (6 hours)


  • ENG 101 - Composition One 3 hrs.
  • ENG 102 - Composition Two 3 hrs.

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


Science Requirement (8 hours minimum)

Select 2 courses with labs:

  • AST 111 - General Astronomy I 3 hrs. (Recommended) AND
  • AST 111L - General Astronomy I Laboratory 1 hr. (Recommended)

  • AST 112 - General Astronomy II 3 hrs. (Recommended) AND
  • AST 112L - General Astronomy II Laboratory 1 hr. (Recommended)

  • BSC 103 - Biology and Society 3 hrs. ◊ (Recommended) AND
  • BSC 103L - Biology and Society Laboratory 1 hr (Recommended)

  • BSC 110 - Principles of Biological Science I 3 hrs. AND
  • BSC 110L - Principles of Biological Science I Laboratory 1 hr.

  • BSC 111 - Principles of Biological Science II 3 hrs. AND
  • BSC 111L - Principles of Biological Science II Laboratory 1 hr.

  • BSC 250 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3 hrs. AND
  • BSC 250L - Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory 1 hr.

  • BSC 251 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II 3 hrs. AND
  • BSC 251L - Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory 1 hr.

  • CHE 104 - Chemistry and Our Environment 3 hrs. (Recommended) AND
  • CHE 104L - Chemistry and Our Environment Laboratory 1 hr. (Recommended)

  • CHE 106 - General Chemistry I 3 hrs. AND
  • CHE 106L - General Chemistry I Laboratory 1 hr.

  • CHE 107 - General Chemistry II 3 hrs. AND
  • CHE 107L - General Chemistry II Laboratory 1 hr.

  • GHY 104 - Weather and Climate 3 hrs. AND
  • GHY 104L - Weather and Climate Laboratory 1 hr.

  • GHY 105 - Landforms, Hydrology and Biogeography 3 hrs. AND
  • GHY 105L - Landforms, Hydrology and Biogeography Laboratory 1 hr.

  • GLY 101 - Physical Geology 3 hrs. (Recommended) AND
  • GLY 101L - Physical Geology Laboratory 1 hr. (Recommended)

  • GLY 103 - Historical Geology 3 hrs. AND
  • GLY 103L - Historical Geology Laboratory 1 hr.

  • MAR 151 - Introduction to Ocean Science 3 hrs. AND
  • MAR 151L - Introduction to Ocean Science Laboratory 1 hr.

  • PHY 103 - Introductory Physics 3 hrs. AND
  • PHY 103L - Introductory Physics Laboratory 1 hr.

  • PHY 111 - General Physics I 3 hrs. AND
  • PHY 111L - General Physics I Laboratory 1 hr.

  • PHY 112 - General Physics II 3 hrs. AND
  • PHY 112L - General Physics II Laboratory 1 hr.

  • PHY 201 - General Physics I with Calculus 4 hrs. AND
  • PHY 201L - General Physics I with Calculus Laboratory 1 hr.

  • PHY 202 - General Physics II with Calculus 4 hrs. AND
  • PHY 202L - General Physics II with Calculus Laboratory 1 hr.

  • PSC 190 - Living in a Material World 3 hrs. (Recommended) AND
  • PSC 190L - Lab for Living in a Material World 1 hr. (Recommended)
Mathematics Requirement (3 hours)

  • MAT 100 - Quantitative Reasoning 3 hrs. ***
  • MAT 101 - College Algebra 3 hrs.
  • Higher-level MAT course

GEC 03. Humanities (9 hours)


  • ENG 203 - World Literature 3 hrs.
Select 2 courses, 1 History required:

  • HIS 101 - World Civilizations: Beginnings to 1500 C.E. 3 hrs.
  • HIS 102 - World Civilizations: 1500 to the present 3 hrs.
  • PHI 151 - Introduction to Philosophy 3 hrs.
  • PHI 171 - Ethics and Good Living 3 hrs.
  • REL 131 - Comparative Religion 3 hrs.

GEC 04. Aesthetic Values (3 hours)


Select 1 course:

  • ART 130 - Art Appreciation 3 hrs.
  • DAN 130 - Dance Appreciation 3 hrs.
  • MUS 165 - The Enjoyment of Music 3 hrs.
  • THE 100 - Theatrical Expressions 3 hrs.

GEC 05. Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 hours)


Select 2 courses:

  • ANT 101 - The Human Experience: A Global Perspective on Human Diversity 3 hrs.
  • COH 100 - Concepts of Wellness 3 hrs.
  • ECO 101 - Basic Economics 3 hrs.
  • GHY 101 - World Geography: Dynamics of a Changing Earth 3 hrs.
  • PS 101 - American Government 3 hrs. *
  • PSY 110 - General Psychology 3 hrs.
  • SOC 101 - Understanding Society: Principles of Sociology 3 hrs.

GEC 06. Computer Competency Requirement (3 hours)


  • LIS 201 - Introduction to Information Literacy 3 hrs.

GEC 07. Writing-Intensive Requirement (Major Area)


  • 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)


Select 1 course:

  • CMS 111 - Oral Communication 3 hrs. (SI)
  • CMS 305 - Interpersonal Communication 3 hrs. (SI)
  • CMS 320 - Business and Professional Speaking 3 hrs. (SI)
  • CMS 330 - Small-Group Communication 3 hrs. (SI)

GEC 09. Capstone Requirement (Major Area)


  • PS 491 - Proseminar in Political Science 3 hrs. (Capstone)
  • Must be taken Senior Year; ENG 101  & ENG 102  prerequisites

Note:


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

**This particular GEC course is recommended by this major.

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

◊ GEC restrictions apply; see here .

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

For full description of the GEC, see here .

Program Curriculum


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


  • PS 101 - American Government 3 hrs. *
  • PS 201 - Great Issues of Politics 3 hrs.
  • PS 491 - Proseminar in Political Science 3 hrs. (Capstone)
Select 1 course from each of the four areas of Political Science:

Theory:

  • PS 321 - American Political Theory 3 hrs.
  • PS 420 - Political Theory Plato to Machiavelli 3 hrs. (WI)
  • PS 421 - Political Theory Hobbes to Nietzche 3 hrs.
  • PS 426 - 20th-Century Political Theory 3 hrs.
American Politics:

  • PS 301 - State and Local Politics 3 hrs.
  • PS 303 - American Political Movements 3 hrs.
  • PS 304 - Politics of Popular Culture 3 hrs.
  • PS 305 - Religion and Politics 3 hrs.
  • PS 306 - Race and Ethnic Politics 3 hrs.
  • PS 401 - Political Socialization 3 hrs.
  • PS 402 - Urban Politics 3 hrs.
  • PS 404 - The Legislative Process 3 hrs.
  • PS 405 - Women and Politics 3 hrs. (WI)
  • PS 406 - Political Parties 3 hrs.
  • PS 407 - Mississippi Government 3 hrs.
  • PS 408 - The American Presidency 3 hrs.
  • PS 409 - Southern Politics 3 hrs.
  • PS 410 - Political Psychology 3 hrs.
Global Politics:

  • PS 330 - United States Foreign Policy 3 hrs.
  • PS 331 - World Politics 3 hrs.
  • PS 350 - Political Systems of the Modern World 3 hrs.
  • PS 431 - International Law and Organization 3 hrs.
  • PS 432 - Foreign Policies of the Major Powers 3 hrs.
  • PS 435
  • PS 450 - Comparative Studies in European Politics 3 hrs.
  • PS 451
  • PS 452 - The Political Systems of Great Britain and the Commonwealth 3 hrs.
  • PS 453 - People Power: Politics and Protests 3 hrs.
  • PS 454 - African Politics and Culture 3 hrs.
  • PS 456 - Revolutions and Democracy in Latin America 3 hrs. (WI)
  • PS 457 - Political Development 3 hrs.
  • PS 459 - Human Rights 3 hrs.
Public Law and Administration:

  • PS 370 - Introduction to Public Administration 3 hrs.
  • PS 375 - Government and Economics 3 hrs.
  • PS 380 - Introduction to Law in American Society 3 hrs.
  • PS 470 - Science, Technology and Politics 3 hrs.
  • PS 472 - Organization and Management 3 hrs.
  • PS 473 - Public Policy 3 hrs.
  • PS 474 - The Politics of Taxing and Spending 3 hrs.
  • PS 480 - United States Constitutional Law 3 hrs. (WI)
  • PS 481 - The American Judicial Process 3 hrs.
  • PS 484 - Administrative Law 3 hrs.
  • PS 485 - International Law 3 hrs.
  • PS 488 - Women and the Law 3 hrs.
  • PS 489 - U. S. Supreme Court and Civil Liberties 3 hrs.
Select 5 additional courses from at least 2 groups above.

May include PS 211  and PS 212 .

DEG 02. Additional Requirements (12-21 hours)


Select 1 course not selected in GEC 05:

  • ANT 101 - The Human Experience: A Global Perspective on Human Diversity 3 hrs.
  • GHY 101 - World Geography: Dynamics of a Changing Earth 3 hrs.
  • PS 201 - Great Issues of Politics 3 hrs.
  • SOC 101 - Understanding Society: Principles of Sociology 3 hrs.
Select 1 course:

  • ENG 200 - Introduction to Drama 3 hrs.
  • ENG 201 - Introduction to Fiction 3 hrs.
  • ENG 202 - Introduction to Poetry 3 hrs.
  • HIS 101 - World Civilizations: Beginnings to 1500 C.E. 3 hrs.
  • HIS 102 - World Civilizations: 1500 to the present 3 hrs.
  • FLM 170 - Introduction to Film Studies 3 hrs.
  • WGS 301 - Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies 3 hrs.
Select 1 option:

a. Select remaining history course not selected in GEC 03: HIS 101  or HIS 102 

b. If both history courses selected in GEC 03, select 1 course:

 

  • PHI 151 - Introduction to Philosophy 3 hrs.
  • PHI 171 - Ethics and Good Living 3 hrs.
  • REL 131 - Comparative Religion 3 hrs.
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)


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

DEG 04. Electives


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 student must earn at least 21 of the last 30 hours of course work and at least 12 hours in the major area of study from Southern Miss. See Residence Hour Requirements  for more information.