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2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Political Science, B.A.

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The major in political science requires 33 credit hours (11 courses). At least 18 advanced hours (3000 level and above) must be completed in residence. No coursework counting toward the major may be taken pass/fail. The following additional requirements apply to the 27 advanced hours (3000 level and above):

  • A minimum of 15 hours of in-class advanced-level courses must be taken on an SMU campus (Dallas, Plano or Taos). In-class hours do not include directed studies courses (PLSC 4102 , PLSC 4202 , PLSC 4302 ), internships (PLSC 4306 ) and departmental distinction thesis (PLSC 4307 ). SMU campus courses do not include transfer courses, Washington term courses (PLSC 4401 , PLSC 4402 , PLSC 4403 , PLSC 4404 ) and courses taken in SMU-approved study abroad programs.
  • A maximum of three hours of directed studies courses (PLSC 4102 , PLSC 4202 , and PLSC 4302 ) or internships (PLSC 4306 ) may count toward the major.
  • A maximum of 16 hours of (preapproved) advanced-level courses in SMU-approved study abroad programs or the Washington Semester Program may be counted toward the major. (These hours will not count toward the required 15 hours of in-class, on-campus, advanced-level courses specified above.)

Requirements for the Major

Introductory Courses (6 Credit Hours)

Any two PLSC courses at the 1000 level  

Advanced Courses (27 Credit Hours)

Nine courses at the 3000 level and above, with at least two courses from two groups and an additional course from a third group:

Total: 33 Credit Hours

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