Political Science, B.A./M.A.

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Minimum Total Credit Hours: 144

Major Hours: 33

Minimum Upper-Division Hours: 48


Overall GPA - Combined: 3.50    OU: 3.00

Major GPA - Combined: 3.50    OU: 3.00

Program Code: A789/F790 Q528

Major Requirements

  • The Department of Political Science does not permit major coursework to also fulfill General Education or Dodge College of Arts and Sciences requirements.
  • P SC 1113 does not count for major credit.
Research Methods
P SC 2013Introduction to Political Analysis3
Distribution Requirements
Choose four courses, one course each from 4 of the following 6 groups: 112
Group I: American Politics
Group II: Comparative Politics
Group III: International Relations
Group IV: Public Administration
Group V: Public Policy
Group VI: Political Theory
Electives
Choose 3 hours of upper-division Political Science electives3
Capstone
P SC 4093Capstone Seminar in Political Science 23
Total Credit Hours21
  • A minimum of 30 undergraduate upper-division free elective hours is needed to bring the total applicable hours to 144, including 48 upper-division hours.

M.A. Component

Graduate Core 1
P SC 5923Introduction to Analysis of Political Data3
P SC 5933Intermediate Analysis of Political Data3
P SC 6003Political Science: Survey of a Discipline3
Choose one of the following:3-6
Research Problems (Non-Thesis option, 3 hours)
Research for Master's Thesis (Thesis option, 6 hours)
Major Emphasis
Choose at least 9 hours in the emphasis 29
Secondary Emphasis
Choose at least 9 hours in the emphasis 39
P SC Graduate Electives
Choose Graduate-level electives to bring total applicable hours to 1443-6
Total Credit Hours36

General Education and College Requirements

Courses for fulfillment of General Education and Dodge College of Arts & Sciences requirements must be from the approved General Education course list published in the Class Schedule or at http://www.ou.edu/gened/coursesCourses graded P/NP will not apply.

UNIVERSITY-WIDE GENERAL EDUCATION (MINIMUM 40 HOURS) AND COLLEGE REQUIREMENTS
Core Area I: Symbolic and Oral Communication
English Composition (6 hours)
ENGL 1113Principles of English Composition3
ENGL 1213Principles of English Composition3
or EXPO 1213 Expository Writing
Language (0-13 hours in the same language)
The college requirement cannot be met by high school coursework.
Beginning Course0-5
Beginning Course, continued0-5
Intermediate Course (2000 level) 1,20-3
Mathematics (3 hours)
Choose one course from the General Education Mathematics list3
Core Area II: Natural Science (7 hours, including one laboratory component)
Biological Science
Choose an approved General Education Natural Science course with one of the following prefixes: BIOL, HES, MBIO, or PBIO 13-4
Physical Science
Choose an approved General Education Natural Science course with one of the following prefixes: AGSC, ASTR, CHEM, GEOG, GEOL, GPHY, METR, or PHYS 13-4
Core Area III: Social Science (6 hours)
P SC 1113American Federal Government3
Choose one course from the General Education Social Science list3
Core Area IV: Arts and Humanities (18 hours)
Artistic Forms
Choose one course from the General Education Artistic Forms list3
Western Culture
HIST 1483United States to 18653
or HIST 1493 United States, 1865 to the Present
Choose one course from the General Education Western Culture list (excluding HIST 1483/1493)3
World Culture
Choose one course from the General Education World Culture list3
Additional Core IV Upper-Division Arts & Humanities courses
Choose one course from Artistic Forms, Western Culture, or World Culture 1,33
Choose one course from Artistic Forms, Western Culture, or World Culture 1,33
Core Area V: First Year Experience (3 hours)
Choose one course3
Total Credit Hours56

Free Electives

Electives to bring total applicable hours to the minimum total required for the degree including 48 upper-division hours.

Information Concerning General Rules, Regulations and Minimum Requirements

Arts and Sciences Hours: At least 80 semester hours of liberal arts and sciences courses are required for a BA degree. At least 55 semester hours of liberal arts and sciences courses are required for a BS degree.
Pass/No Pass Enrollment: A maximum of 16 semester hours of free elective credit may be attempted under this option.
Individual Studies (e.g., courses titled “Independent Study”): A maximum of 12 total semester hours may be counted toward graduation, excluding Honors Reading and Honors Research.
P.E. Courses: No physical education activity courses will be counted toward the 120 semester hours of acceptable credit for graduation.
Senior Institution Hours: A minimum of 60 semester hours applied toward graduation must be earned at senior (4-year) institutions.
Residency:

  • At least 15 of the final 30 hours applied toward the degree or at least 50 percent of the hours required by the institution in the major field must be satisfactorily completed at the awarding institution.
  • At least 15 semester hours of upper-division major work must be completed in residence at OU.
  • OU correspondence courses are not considered resident credit.

Grade Point Averages: Students must earn a minimum over all 2.00 for each of the following: Combined Retention GPA (all college grades), OU Retention GPA, GPA for all major courses, and GPA for all major courses taken at OU. Some schools and departments of the College have higher minimum grade point averages required for their students.
Special Degrees: Students may qualify for an Honors degree (cum Laude, Magna cum Laude, or Summa cum Laude) by completing specific requirements of the Honors College. A degree will be earned with Distinction if the student completes at least 60 semester hours at OU with at least a 3.60 combined retention GPA and OU retention GPA. A degree will be earned with Special Distinction if the student completes at least 60 semester hours at OU with at least a 3.90 combined retention GPA and OU retention GPA.

Suggested Semester Plan of Study

This plan shows one possible grouping of courses that would allow students to graduate in four years. Please refer to the front of the degree checksheet for official requirements. Students must consult with Dodge College of Arts and Sciences and Department of Political Science academic advisors to verify that courses selected each semester fulfill the recommended plan and satisfy University, College of Arts and Sciences, and Political Science major requirements.

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman
First SemesterCredit Hours
ENGL 1113 Principles of English Composition (Core I) 3
HIST 1483
United States to 1865 (Core IV)
or United States, 1865 to the Present
3
P SC 1113 American Federal Government (Core III) 3
Social Science (Core III) 3
First Year Experience (Core V) 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
ENGL 1213
Principles of English Composition (Core I)
or Expository Writing
3
Math (Core I) 3
Natural Science without lab (Core II) 3
Western Culture (Core IV) 3
World Culture (Core IV) 3
 Credit Hours15
Sophomore
First Semester
P SC 2013 Introduction to Political Analysis 3
Distribution Requirement 3
Distribution Requirement 3
Natural Science with lab (Core II) 4
Beginning Language (Core I) 5
 Credit Hours18
Second Semester
Distribution Requirement 3
Distribution Requirement 3
Beginning Language continued (Core I) 5
Artistic Forms (Core IV) 3
Upper Division Free Elective (3000-4000-level) 3
Free Elective 1
 Credit Hours18
Junior
First Semester
P SC Major Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
Intermediate Language 3
Arts & Humanities, upper-division, outside major (Gen. Ed.) 3
Upper Division Free Elective (3000-4000-level) 3
Upper Division Free Elective (3000-4000-level) 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
P SC 4093 Capstone Seminar in Political Science 3
Arts & Humanities, upper-division, outside major (Gen. Ed.) 3
Upper Division Free Elective (3000-4000-level) 3
Upper Division Free Elective (3000-4000-level) 3
Upper Division Free Elective (3000-4000-level) 3
 Credit Hours15
Senior
First Semester
P SC 5923 Introduction to Analysis of Political Data (shared) 3
P SC 5933 Intermediate Analysis of Political Data (shared) 3
P SC 6003 Political Science: Survey of a Discipline (shared) 3
Upper Division Free Elective (3000-4000-level) 3
 Credit Hours12
Second Semester
Graduate Major Emphasis 3
Graduate Secondary Emphasis 3
Upper Division Free Elective (3000-4000-level) 3
Graduate-level Elective 3
 Credit Hours12
Fifth Year
First Semester
Graduate Major Emphasis 3
Graduate Secondary Emphasis 3
Upper Division Free Elective (3000-4000-level) 3
Upper Division Free Elective (3000-4000-level) 3  
 Credit Hours9
Second Semester
Choose one of the following: 3-6
Research Problems  
Research for Master's Thesis (3 hrs shared)  
Graduate Major Emphasis 3
Graduate Secondary Emphasis 3
Graduate-level Elective 3-6
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours144