Political Science

SUGGESTED FOUR-YEAR MAJOR PLAN (ACADEMIC YEAR 2012-2013)

The suggested Four-Year Major Plan is a guide to help Caldwell University students complete their graduation requirements within four years. It is a suggested framework which builds upon the core curriculum as well as the required and elective courses within a student’s major. This suggested plan does not include developmental courses. Should developmental courses be required, students will need to work with their Academic Advisor to include those additional courses; this may delay graduation in four years. Students should always meet with their Academic Advisor to further individualize their academic plans and confirm the availability of courses and course sequencing. The following credits below include the minimum required courses and credits needed to graduate. Students enrolled as full-time status may take 12-18 credits a semester.

NOTE: This suggested Four-Year Major Plan applies to students who matriculated during the 2012-2013 academic year.

First Year
Fall Semester CR Spring Semester CR
Core: FS 189 Freshman Seminar (Freshmen only) 1 Political Science Major Elective 3
Core: EN 111 College Writing* (or EN 320 or EN 119 & EN 120 by placement) 3 Core: Social Science 3
Core: MA 112 Concept of Mathematics 3 Core: CO 230 Communication Skills 3
Core: HI 101 Roots of the West or HI 102 The Shaping of the West 3 Core: CS 115 Essential Computer Skills (or elective/core) 3
Core: Modern Language Core – SP/FR/AS/IT 3 Core: TH 102 Intro. to Christian Theology 3
Core: Social Science – PO 125 Understanding the Political World 3    
Total: 16 Total: 15
       
Second Year
Fall Semester CR Spring Semester CR
Political Science Major Elective 3 Political Science Major Elective 3
PO 225 American Government 3 Core: Biological or Physical Science 3
PO 362 International Relations or PO 364 Comparative Government 3 Core: Literature – EN xxx 3
Core: PH 102 Intro. to Philosophy 3 Enriched Core Cluster (Ethical Inquiry/Global Awareness/Catholic & Dominican) 3
Enriched Core Cluster (Ethical Inquiry/Global Awareness/Catholic & Dominican) 3 Core: Fine Arts – Art or Music 3
Total: 15 Total: 15
       
Third Year
Fall Semester CR Spring Semester CR
Political Science Major Elective 3 Political Science Major Elective 3
Enriched Core Cluster (Ethical Inquiry/Global Awareness/Catholic & Dominican) 3 PO 372 Public Administration or PO 375 Public Policy 3
Elective 3 Elective 3
Elective 3 Elective 3
Elective 3 Elective 3
Total: 15 Total: 15
       
Fourth Year
Fall Semester CR Spring Semester CR
HI/PO Senior Seminar** 3 PO 453 Political Theory 3
HI/PO 492 Research Seminar** 3 Elective 3
Elective 3 Elective 3
Elective 3 Elective 3
Elective 3 Elective 3
Total: 15 Total: 15

*A second writing intensive (WI) course is required. Students are recommended to complete it before the end of their fourth semester. Students who transfer to Caldwell with a minimum of 30 credits will have their second WI course waived.
**HI/PO Senior Seminar and HI/PO 492 Research Seminar must be taken concurrently and may be taken during the fall or spring semester of the student’s senior year. Students may choose from the following Senior Seminar options: HI 407, HI 455, HI 440 or HI/PO 432 and should consult with their advisor/department.

 Total Credits Required (minimum): 120 credits
GPA: 2.0
Minimum Grade in Major Courses: C


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