Missouri State University

Office of the Registrar

Undergraduate Catalog

2014-15 preliminary edition, April 2014

Political Science

Major(s)

Political Science (Non-Comprehensive) (BA)

Bachelor of Arts
  1. General Education Requirements - see General Education Program and Requirements section of catalog

  2. Major Requirements (39 hours)

    1. Core Requirements* (24 hours)
      1. PLS 169(3), 205(3), 232(3), 255(3); PLS 330(3) or PHI 330(3); PLS 492(0)

      2. One of the following: PLS 316(3), 317(3), 319(3), 413(3), 414(3)

      3. One of the following: PLS 515(3), 517(3), 518(3)

      4. Public Affairs Capstone Experience will be fulfilled by completion of 3 hours from: PLS 399(3), 493(3), 494(3-6), 497(3), 498(3).

    2. Electives: Complete 15 hours of electives from at least three of the following subfields:**

      1. American Government and Politics: PLS 316(3), 317(3), 319(3), 399(3), 413(3), 414(3)

      2. International Politics: PLS 301(3), 437(3), 535(3), 547(3)
      3. Comparative Governments and Politics: PLS 338(3), 343(3), 544(3), 545(3), 546(3), 548(3), 550(3)

      4. Public Administration: PLS 102(3), 315(3), 351(3), 355(3), 498(3), 555(3), 573(3)

      5. Political Theory: PLS 561(3), 563(3), 565(3), 567(3)

      6. Public Law: PLS 419(3), 451(3), 515(3), 517(3), 518(3)

        *Courses counted toward core requirements will not also count toward elective requirements.

        **Note: PLS 493, 494, 495, 496, 497 will be assigned to fields according to topic. No more than six hours will be counted toward the major from PLS 399, 493, 494, 498.

  3. Minor Required (or second major)
  4. Specific Requirements for Bachelor of Arts Degree - see Specific Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements section of catalog

  5. General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements - see General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements section of catalog

Political Science (Non-Comprehensive) (BS)

Bachelor of Science
  1. General Education Requirements - see General Education Program and Requirements section of catalog

  2. Major Requirements (42 hours)

    1. Core Requirements* (27 hours)

      1. PLS 169(3), 205(3), 232(3), 255(3); PLS 330(3) or PHI 330(3); PLS 492(0), 576(3)

      2. One of the following: PLS 316(3), 317(3), 319(3), 413(3), 414(3)

      3. One of the following: PLS 515(3), 517(3), 518(3)

      4. Public Affairs Capstone Experience will be fulfilled by completion of 3 hours from: PLS 399(3), 493(3), 494(3-6), 497(3), 498(3)

    2. Electives: Complete 15 hours of electives from at least three of the following subfields:**

      1. American Government and Politics: PLS 316(3), 317(3), 319(3), 399(3), 413(3), 414(3)

      2. International Politics: PLS 301(3), 437(3), 535(3), 547(3)
      3. Comparative Governments and Politics: PLS 338(3), 343(3), 544(3), 545(3), 546(3), 548(3), 550(3)

      4. Public Administration: PLS 102(3), 315(3), 351(3), 355(3), 498(3), 555(3), 573(3)

      5. Political Theory: PLS 561(3), 563(3), 565(3), 567(3)

      6. Public Law: PLS 419(3), 451(3), 515(3), 517(3), 518(3)

        *Courses counted toward core requirements will not also count toward elective requirements.

        **Note: PLS 493, 494, 495, 496, 497 will be assigned to fields according to topic. No more than six hours will be counted toward the major from PLS 399, 493, 494, 498.

  3. Minor Required (or second major)

  4. General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements - see General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements section of catalog

Minor(s)

Political Science

Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Science in Education
(Non-Certifiable)
Bachelor of Social Work
  1. Complete courses from at least three of the following six political science fields to bring total to a minimum of 18 hours:

    1. American Government and Politics: PLS 316(3), 317(3), 319(3), 399(3), 413(3), 414(3)

    2. International Politics: PLS 232(3), 301(3), 437(3), 535(3), 546(3), 547(3)
    3. Comparative Politics: PLS 205(3), 338(3), 343(3), 544(3), 545(3), 547(3), 548(3), 550(3)

    4. Public Administration: PLS 102(3), 255(3), 315(3), 351(3), 355(3), 498(3), 555(3), 573(3)

    5. Political Theory: PLS 330(3) or PHI 330(3), PLS 561(3), 563(3), 565(3), 567(3)

    6. Public Law: PLS 419(3), 451(3), 515(3), 517(3), 518(3)

      Note: PLS 169 and 576 will count as minor electives.

Accelerated Master of Public Administration

Eligible Missouri State University majors in political science may apply for preliminary acceptance into the Master of Public Administration program after admission requirements for the accelerated masters option have been satisfied. If accepted, the undergraduate requirements for PLS 673 (Policy Analysis), PLS 676 (Quantitative Methods of Political Science and Public Policy), and PLS 781 (In-service Training in Public Administration) can be counted for both the undergraduate and graduate degrees (Mixed Credit).

In addition, PLS 771 (Seminar in Public Administration) can be taken during the student’s senior year and can also count toward both degrees. This option gives exceptional undergraduate students the opportunity to complete their bachelor's and master's degrees in ten semesters and a summer. Refer to the Graduate Catalog for more information.

For courses to be designated as Mixed Credit, the graduate advisor, undergraduate department head, and Graduate College dean must approve by signing the Permission for Mixed Credit form. This form must be provided to the Office of the Registrar in Carrington Hall 320 no later than the end of the Change of Schedule Period for the semester.

Accelerated Master of Global Studies

Eligible Missouri State University majors in Global Studies, Political Science, and other relevant disciplines may apply for preliminary acceptance into the Master of Global Studies (MGS) program after admission requirements for the accelerated master's option have been satisfied. If accepted, both the undergraduate and graduate requirements for dual-listed courses (500 and 600/700 level courses) must have been fulfilled to be counted for both the undergraduate and graduate degrees (Mixed Credit). This option gives exceptional undergraduate students the opportunity to complete their bachelor's and master's degrees in ten semesters and a summer. Refer to the Graduate Catalog for more information.

For courses to be designated as Mixed Credit, the graduate advisor, undergraduate department head, and Graduate College dean must approve by signing the Permission for Mixed Credit form. This form must be provided to the Office of the Registrar in Carrington Hall 320 no later than the end of the Change of Schedule Period for the semester.