Academic Catalog

Political Science, Bachelor of Arts

General Education Courses
I. Communicaton
Select two of the following:6
Composition I
Composition II
SPCH U201Foundations in Oral Communication3
II. Mathematics, Logic & Natural Sciences
Select one of the following:3-4
College Mathematics
College Algebra
Calculus for Management and Social Sciences
Precalculus I
Precalculus II
Calculus I
Calculus II
Basic Concepts of Elementary Mathematics I
Natural Science (w/lab):
Select one of the following:4
Descriptive Astronomy
and Descriptive Astronomy Laboratory
Introductory Biology I
and Introductory Biology I Lab
Introductory Biology II
and Introductory Biology II Lab
General Biology
and General Biology Lab
Chemistry and Society
and Chemistry and Society Lab
Chemistry of Living Things
and Chemistry of Living Things Lab
General Chemistry
and General Chemistry Lab
General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis
and General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis Lab
Physical Geology
and Physical Geology Lab
Historical Geology
and Historical Geology Lab
Environmental Geology
and Environmental Geology Lab
Introduction to Physical Science
and Introduction to Physical Science Laboratory
General Physics I
and General Physics I Lab
General Physics II
and General Physics II Lab
Math, Logic and/or Natural Science:
Select any course in Mathematics listed above or:3
Foundations of Human Physiology
and Foundations of Human Physiology Laboratory
Emerging Infectious Diseases
Probability and Statistics
Natural Disasters
Geology of the Southeast
Introduction to Logic and Rhetoric
Deductive Logic
Elementary Statistics
Psychological Statistics
III. Information Technology
Info. Tech.:
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Computer Technology
Introduction to Computer Science
Survey of Information Technology
Introduction to Digital Safety
Strategies for Information Discovery
IV. Fine Arts, Humanities & History
Select a minimum of one fine arts course and one history course.
Fine Arts:
Select one of the following:3
African American Culture
Introduction to Art
History of Western Art: Prehistory - Middle Ages
History of Western Art: Renaissance - Modern
Introduction to Music
History of American Popular Music
Introduction to Southern Studies
Introduction to Theatre Art
Fundamentals in Acting
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to World History I
Introduction to World History II
History of the United States to 1877
History of the United States from 1865
Fine Arts, Humanities and/or History:
Select one of the following:3
American Studies, 17th - 19th Century
American Studies, 20th Century
Business Writing
Understanding English Grammar
Introduction to Film
Introduction to Philosophy
Political Philosophy
Contemporary Moral Issues
Comparative Religion
V. Foreign Language
Select one of the following: 16
American Sign Language I
and American Sign Language II
Introductory French I
and Introductory French II
Introductory German I
and Introductory German II
Introductory Spanish I
and Introductory Spanish II
Intermediate Spanish
or placement in a 201 or higher level language course
VI. Social & Behavioral Sciences
Social & Behavioral Science:
POLI U101American National Government 23
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to African American Studies
Understanding Other Cultures
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
Introduction to Geography
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to Women's & Gender Studies
VII. General Education Electives
Choose from the options below if hours are required in the major.
General Ed. Electives:
Select any approved general education course or courses0-6
Major Requirements 2
POLI U210Research Methods in Political Science3
POLI U310International Politics3
POLI U320Comparative Politics3
POLI U462The Legislative Process3
or POLI U463 The American President
Internship (POLI U495 or POLI U496), Study Abroad, or Service-Learning3
POLI U500Senior Seminar 2,3,43
Groups 2
Students must complete the required credit hours from either Group A or Group B: Law and Justice Studies with a minimum grade of C.18
Cognate or Minor 2
Political Science majors may select either a cognate (12 hours) or minor (18-21 hours) in consultation with their advisor.12-21
Select 12-23 credits12-23
Total Hours120

The minimum acceptable level of competency for a political science major is completion of the 102 level of a language. Students who place into the 201 or higher level of a language satisfy the language requirement but will have additional hours in general education electives.


A minimum grade of C is required.


Fifteen credit hours of political science, including senior seminar, applied to graduation must be awarded by USC Upstate.


At least 12 hours of upper-level political science courses with a grade of C or better are required for enrollment in POLI U500 Senior Seminar.

Group A

Other POLI courses at 300-level or above18

Group B: Law and Justice Studies1,2

Select one of the following:
Criminal Law
Constitutional Law
The Judicial Process
Behavior and Communication3
Select one of the following:
Juvenile Delinquency
Juvenile Delinquency
Political Behavior
Social Psychology
Psychology & Law
Stereotypes and Prejudice
Race and Ethnic Relations
Intercultural Communication
Communicating Difference in Social Institutions
Movements and Rights3
Select one of the following:
Topics in African American Studies
Civil Rights & Civil Liberties
Social Movements
Social Inequality
Political Sociology
U.S. Women's Movement
Global Law and Justice3
Select one of the following:
Comparative Criminal Justice System
European Law and Society
International Law
Two additional courses from the above catagories6
Total Hours18

Complete a minimum of 3 hours from each of the following categories and two additional courses from the category list for a total of 18 hours.


No more than three courses can be from the same prefix (i.e. SOCY, CRJU, etc.).