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Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science

The minimum number of semester credit hours required for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, including the Core Curriculum requirements, is 120. Thirty-nine of the total semester credit hours required for the degree must be at the upper-division level. At least 33 semester credit hours of political science coursework are required to fulfill the political science major. The 33-hour total is considered a minimum, and students are encouraged to deepen and broaden their grasp of their major through careful allocation of their elective semester credit hours. Students are required to complete at least 6 semester credit hours of support work. These courses, which require advance approval from advisors, should serve to introduce students to other social sciences.

All candidates for this degree must fulfill the Core Curriculum requirements and the degree requirements, which are listed below.

Core Curriculum Requirements (42 semester credit hours)
Students seeking the Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science must fulfill University Core Curriculum requirements in the same manner as other students. If courses are taken to satisfy both degree requirements and Core Curriculum requirements, then students may need to take additional courses in order to meet the minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree. For a complete listing of courses that satisfy the Core Curriculum requirements, see pages 3-5 of this catalog.

Degree Requirements

  1. 33 semester credit hours in the major, 21 hours of which must be at the upper-division level. Internships cannot be applied to the 21 hours of required upper-division coursework. Courses must be selected in the following manner:
    1. 6 semester credit hours of courses selected from the following:

      GLA  2603  Introduction to Global Affairs Studies or POL  2603  International Politics
      GLA  2633  Comparative Politics or POL  2633  Comparative Politics
      POL  2503  Introduction to Political Theory
      POL  2513  Politics and the Administrative Process
      POL  2533  Introduction to Political Science
      POL  2623  Law and Society

    2. 3 semester credit hours:

      POL  2703  Scope and Methods in Political Science

    3. 21 semester credit hours of political science electives, 18 hours of which must be at the upper-division level, with at least 3 hours in each of the following subfields (see list of courses by subfield following the description of the political science minor):

      American politics
      Comparative politics
      International politics
      Political theory
      Politics and the Administrative Process or Public Law

    4. One senior-level seminar selected from the following:

      POL  4153  Seminar in Jurisprudence
      POL  4973  Seminar in Political Science

  2. 6 semester credit hours of courses in the social sciences outside the major, chosen with consent of the advisor

  3. 6 semester credit hours of a single language other than English

  4. 33 semester credit hours of electives

Course Sequence Guide for B.A. Degree in Political Science

This course sequence guide is designed to assist students in completing their UTSA undergraduate Political Science degree requirements. This is merely a guide and students must satisfy other requirements of this catalog and meet with advisors in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts Advising Center for individualized degree plans. Progress within this guide depends upon such factors as course availability, individual student academic preparation, student time management, work obligations, and individual financial considerations. Students may choose to take courses during Summer terms to reduce course loads during long semesters.

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science - Four-Year Academic Plan

First Year
Fall Credit Hours
AIS 1203 Academic Inquiry and Scholarship (core) 3
HIS 1043, HIS 1053, or HIS 2053 United States History: Pre-Columbus to Civil War Era (core) 3
POL 1013 Introduction to American Politics (core) 3
WRC 1013 Freshman Composition I (core) 3
Mathematics core   3
Spring
HIS 1043, HIS 1053, or HIS 2053 United States History: Pre-Columbus to Civil War Era (core) 3
POL 1133 Texas Politics and Society (core) 3
WRC 1023 Freshman Composition II (core) 3
Free elective   3
Life & Physical Sciences core   3
Second Year
Fall
ECO 2003, ECO 2013, or ECO 2023 Economic Principles and Issues (core) 3
POL 2503, POL 2513, POL 2533, POL 2603, POL 2623, or POL 2633 Introduction to Political Theory 3
POL 2703 Scope and Methods in Political Science 3
Life & Physical Sciences core   3
Creative Arts core   3
Spring
POL 2503, POL 2513, POL 2533, POL 2603, POL 2623, or POL 2633 Introduction to Political Theory 3
Free elective   3
Free elective   3
Language, Philosophy & Culture core   3
Component Area Option core   3
Third Year
Fall
Foreign language (semester I)   3-4
Free elective   3
Support work   3
Upper-division free elective   3
Upper division POL - American   3
Spring
Foreign language (semester II)   3-4
POL elective   3
Support work   3
Upper-division free elective   3
Upper-division POL - Comparative   3
Fourth Year
Fall
Upper-division free elective   3
Upper-division free elective   3
Upper-division POL elective   3
Upper-division POL - International   3
Upper-division POL - Political Theory   3
Spring
POL 4153 or POL 4973 Seminar in Jurisprudence 3
Free elective (to meet 120 hour minimum)   3-1
Upper-division free elective   3
Upper-division free elective   3
Upper-division POL - Public Administration/Law   3
  Total Credit Hours: 120.0

 

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