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B.A. in Political Science

Degree Requirements

The academic regulations for this degree program, as entered in the University of Mississippi Catalog, are in effect for the current or selected academic year and semester. The University of Mississippi reserves the right to 1) change or withdraw courses; 2) change rules for registration, instruction, and graduation; and 3) change other regulations affecting the student body at any time.

B.A. in Political Science

General Education

Requirement Hours Description
First Year Writing I 3 Complete Hon 101, Writ 100 or Writ 101 with a passing grade.
First Year Writing II 3 Complete one of the following courses with a passing grade: Liba 102, Writ 102 or Hon 102.
6 hrs literature survey 6 Complete 6 hours of literature survey with a passing grade. Choose from the following courses: Eng 220, 221, 222, 223, 224, 225, or Eng 226.
6 hrs modern/ancient language 200+ 6 Successfully complete at least 6 hours at the 200 level or above in one modern or ancient language.
6 hrs history 6 Complete 6 hours in History (HST) course work with a passing grade.
3 hrs humanities 3 African American studies; classical civilization; environmental studies 101, gender studies (G St 201, 301, 333, 350); Liba 202, 305, 312; philosophy; religion; Southern studies (S St 101, 102). In addition, gender studies courses that are cross-listed with African American studies, classical civilization, English, modern languages, philosophy, or religion courses will satisfy this requirement.
6 hrs social science 6 Successfully complete 6 semester hours in anthropology, economics, political science, psychology, or sociology.
3 hrs fine arts 3 Complete 3 hours in the area of fine or performing arts. Choose from art history, music, dance, and theatre arts. Studio and workshop courses cannot be used to satisfy this requirement. Acceptable freshman or sophommore-level courses are: AH 101, AH 102, AH 201, AH 202; Music 101, Music 102, Music 103, Music 104, Music 105; Dance 200; and Theatre 201.
3 hrs math 100+ 3 Successfully complete 3 hours of Math at the 100 level or above except for Math 245 and Math 246.
9-12 hrs science 9 Complete a full year of science course work in one subject area (6-8 hrs) and complete 3 credit hours in a subject area from another department. Courses may be chosen from the departments of Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Geology and Geological Engineering, or Physics and Astronomy. Note that a student taking the required 6 hours of one subject (astronomy or physics) from the Department of Physics and Astronomy must take the remaining 3 hours from another department.
2 associated science labs 8 Successfully complete at least two science laboratory courses.

Major Requirements

Requirement Hours Description
Pol 101 3 Pol 101: Introduction to American Politics
Pol 102 3 Pol 102: Govt and Business, Pol 102: Introduction to Comparative Politics
Pol 103 3 Pol 103: Introduction to International Relations
Pol 251 3 Pol 251: Intro to Political Science Methods
Add'l 3 hrs political science 3 Complete an additional 3 hrs of Political Science with a grade of C or better and non-Z-graded.
6 hrs 300+ level 6 Complete an additional 6 hrs of Political Science courses at the 300+ level with a grade of C or better. Courses must be non-Z-graded.
Overall Major GPA Please contact your academic advisor for grade point requirements.
Resident Major GPA Please contact your academic advisor for grade point requirements.
Pol residency hrs 12 Student must earn at least 12 hours of their major courses in residence.

Emphasis - Campaigns and Elections

Requirement Hours Description
12 hrs Campaigns & Elections 12 Complete 12 hours of Political Science chosen from Pol 308, 309, 310, 311 or Pol 391 with a C or better.

Emphasis - Int'l Conflict & Cooperation

Requirement Hours Description
12 hrs Int'l Conflict & Cooperation 12 Complete 12 hours of Political Science chosen from Pol 331, 332, 334, 335, 339, or Pol 363 with a C or better.

Emphasis - Developing Countries

Requirement Hours Description
12 hrs Pol of Developing Countries 12 Complete 12 hours of Political Science chosen from Pol 321, 324, 329, 336, 337, 342, 349 or Pol 387 with a C or better.

Emphasis - Law & Courts

Requirement Hours Description
12 Hrs Law & Courts 12 Complete 12 hours of Political Science chosen from Pol 300, 304, 305, 306, or Pol 307 with a grade of C or better.

Emphasis - Standard

Requirement Hours Description
12 hrs 300+ level 12 Complete 12 hrs of 300+ Political Science courses with a grade of C or better.
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