Political Science

SUGGESTED FOUR-YEAR MAJOR PLAN (ACADEMIC YEAR 2015-2016)

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 2015-2016 academic year.

First Year

Fall Semester Credits
 Core: FS 189 Freshman Seminar (Freshmen only) 1
 Core: EN 111 College Writing* (or EN 320 by placement) 3
 Core: MA 112 Concept of Mathematics(or college-level math by placement) 3
 Core: HI 101 Roots of the West or HI 102 The Shaping of the West 3
 Core: Modern Language Core – SP/FR/AS/IT 3
 Core: Social Science – PO 125 Understanding the Political World 3
Total: 16
Spring Semester Credits
 Political Science Major Elective 3
 Core: Social Science 3
 Core: CO 230 Communication Skills(or DR 102, 103, 104) 3
 Core: CS 115 Essential Computer Skills (or elective/core) 3
 Core: TH 102 Intro. to Catholic Theology 3
Total: 15

Second Year

Fall Semester Credits
 Political Science Major Elective 3
 PO 225 American Government 3
 Core: Biological or Physical Science 3
 Core: PH 102 Intro. to Philosophy 3
 Enriched Core Cluster (Ethical Inquiry/Global Awareness/Catholic & Dominican) 3
Total: 15
Spring Semester Credits
 Political Science Major Elective 3
 PO 362 – International Relations or PO 364 – Comparative Government 3
 Core: Literature – EN xxx 3
 Enriched Core Cluster (Ethical Inquiry/Global Awareness/Catholic & Dominican) 3
 Core: Fine Arts – Art or Music 3
Total: 15

Third Year

Fall Semester Credits
 Political Science Major Elective 3
 Enriched Core Cluster (Ethical Inquiry/Global Awareness/Catholic & Dominican) 3
 Elective 3
 Elective 3
 Elective 3
Total: 15
Spring Semester Credits
 Political Science Major Elective 3
 PO 372 – Public Administration or PO 375 – Public Policy 3
 Elective 3
 Elective 3
 Elective 3
Total: 15

Fourth Year

Fall Semester Credits
 HI/PO Senior Seminar** 3
 HI/PO 492 Research Seminar** 3
 Elective 3
 Elective 3
 Elective 3
Total: 15
Spring Semester Credits
 PO 453 – Political Theory 3
 Elective 3
 Elective 3
 Elective 3
 Elective 3
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.

Total Credits Required (minimum): 120 credits

GPA: 2.0

Minimum Grade in Major Courses: C