B.A. Degree with a Major in Political Science
Requirements for the Major
A major in Political Science is achieved by completion of the following requirements, in addition to the General Education and electives required for a degree:
Required Core Courses
PSC 100, 110, 220, 235, and 250
Required Capstone Course
Required Distribution Courses
At least four (4) other 200-400 level PSC course credits, one (1) of which must be in some aspect of American government, chosen from PSC 314, 317, 322, or 330; and one (1) in some aspect of international relations and/or comparative governments, chosen from PSC 351, 352, or 355.
Courses taken during the former Short Terms will not meet these requirements.
Exploring the Major
Students interested in Political Science as a major should complete at least two, and preferably three, of the following courses in their first year, if possible: PSC 100, 110, 220, or 250. Be aware that MAT 010 (or waiver) is a prerequisite for PSC 100 and 110. Also, MAT 012 (or waiver) is a prerequisite for MAT 104, which is a prerequisite for PSC 235.
Admission to the Major
In most cases, students should have completed at least one (preferably more than one) course in the major, with at least a 2.0 GPA in PSC courses.
Course Sequencing Considerations (in order to complete degree requirements within eight terms)
MAT 104 should be taken no later than the first term of sophomore year. Students should complete satisfactorily PSC 100, 110, 220, and 250 by the end of the second year. PSC 235 is a prerequisite for PSC 480. Because it is offered only in Spring Term, generally, PSC 235 should be taken no later than junior year (and can be taken in the Spring Term of the second year). In the senior year, majors must complete PSC 480, which is offered only in Fall Term.
Proficiency Requirements for Retention in and Completion of the Major
In addition to completing specified course requirements in the major, each student must demonstrate advanced oral and written communication skills in PSC 480 by completing a major research paper and discussing and presenting it to the satisfaction of the program faculty.
Other Considerations or Recommendations
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This online publication is the official text of the Berea College Catalog & Student Handbook. Berea College reserves the right to amend, revise, or modify content within this publication at any time.Posted: 8-8-2012
Updated by Wanda Burch