Political Science A

Sample Schedules and Required Courses

In addition to the University Core Curriculum listed in the Undergraduate Catalog, below are the required courses that you must take in order to earn a bachelor’s degree in political science from Ball State. For more information or course descriptions, view the Undergraduate Catalog or visit your advisor.

You are expected to maintain at least a 2.0 grade point average in departmental course work. As a senior, you have three options for completing the required capstone course: senior thesis, research seminar, or internship.

Required courses for all options:
POLS 130  Amer Nat Gov   3
POLS 210 Pol Sci Res  3
It is recommended that you complete the above two courses during your freshman year or the first semester of your sophomore year.

Option 1 - Political Science
Choose 15 credit hours from:

POLS 237  Stat Loc Pol  
POLS 280  Compar Systm 
POLS 293  Intl Relatns 
POLS 312  Early W Thot  
or POLS 313 Mod Wst Thot 3
POLS 342  Publc Policy  
POLS 350  Pub Administ
  
Choose 3 credit hours from senior capstone:
POLS 369  Prof Exp  3-6
POLS 404  Senior Thes  3
POLS 479  Pract Exp  3-6
POLS 499  Senior Sem  3
   
12 credit hours from POLS (minimum of 9 credit hours in 300- and 400-level courses excluding 312, 313, 342, 350)

3 credit hours from passing one major Modern or Classical Language course at the 200-level or above.

Total: 39 credit hours



Option 2 - Economics Option
Choose 15 credit hours from:

POLS 237 Stat Loc Pol   3
POLS 280 Compar Systm 3
POLS 293  Intl Relatns  3
POLS 312  Early W Thot   3
or POLS 313 Mod Wst Thot  3
POLS 342  Publc Policy  3
POLS 350 Pub Administ 3

Choose 3 credit hours from senior capstone:
POLS 369 Prof Exp  3-6
POLS 404 Senior Thes
POLS 479 Pract Exp  3-6
POLS 499 Senior Sem

6 credit hours from any 300- and 400-level political science electives (excluding 312, 313, 342, 350)

Choose 6 credit hours from:
ECON 332 Labr Rel Law 3
ECON 345 Gov Budgets 3
ECON 346 Law Econ  3
ECON 370 Indust Organ 3
   
3 credit hours from passing one major Modern or Classical Language course at the 200-level or above.

Total: 39 credit hours

A double major in political science and economics may be more appropriate for pre-law students. See economics, liberal arts option, for total requirements in this program.

Option 3: International Studies
Choose 15 credit hours from:

POLS 280  Compar Systm
POLS 281  Prob Em Nats
POLS 290  Am Fr Policy
POLS 293  Intl Relatns
POLS 312  Early W Thot 
or POLS 313  Mod Wst Thot
POLS 345 Nat Def Poly 3
  
Choose 12 credit hours from:
POLS 382 Westn Europe
POLS 384  Brit Gov Pol 
POLS 385  Euro Union 
POLS 386  Pol Rus 
POLS 392  Un Intl Org 
POLS 394 Int Rln Asia   3

POLS 395 Pol Glo Econ
POLS 488 Gv Pol China 
POLS 490 Intrnatl Law
POLS 493 Wrld Politcs 
POLS 494 Pol Terror 
POLS 495  F Pol China

Choose 3 credit hours from senior capstone:
POLS 369 Prof Exp 3-6
or EURO 369 Prof Exp 3
POLS 404  Senior Thes
POLS 479  Pract Exp   3-6
or EURO 479 Pract Exp 3
POLS 499 Senior Sem 3
    
3 credit hours from passing one major Modern or Classical Language course at the 200-level or above.

Total: 39 credit hours

Department of Political Science
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