Public and Nonprofit Administration, B.A./Political Science, 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: A807/F790 Q559

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
  • The undergraduate major requires 33 hours, 18 of which must be upper-division. The graduate major requires 36 hours, 12 of which are shared with the undergraduate major.
Introductory Courses
P SC 2013Introduction to Political Analysis3
P SC 21733
P SC 22233
Public Administration & Public Policy Core Courses
Choose 6 hours 16
American Political Institutions
Choose 3 hours from the following:3
Bureaucracy and Citizenship
U.S. Congress
The American Presidency
American Constitutional Law II: Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
Capstone
P SC 4203Capstone Seminar in Public Affairs and Administration 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 nine hours in the emphasis 29
Secondary Emphasis
Choose at least nine 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
Western Culture (Core IV) 3
World Culture (Core IV) 3
Natural Science without lab (Core II) 3
 Credit Hours15
Sophomore
First Semester
P SC 2013 Introduction to Political Analysis 3
P SC 2173 3
Natural Science with lab (Core II) 4
Beginning Language (Core I) 5
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
P SC 2223 3
Beginning Language continued (Core I) 5
Artistic Forms (Core IV) 3
Public Administration/Public Policy course 3
American Political Institutions course 3
Free Elective 1
 Credit Hours18
Junior
First Semester
Public Administration/Public Policy course 3
Arts & Humanities, upper-division, outside major (Gen. Ed.) 3
Intermediate Language 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 Hours18
Second Semester
P SC 4203 Capstone Seminar in Public Affairs and Administration 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
Graduate-level Elective 3
 Credit Hours12
Second Semester
P SC 5980
Research for Master's Thesis (3 hrs shared - this plan assumes 3 hrs of 5950 for Non-Thesis MA option)
or Research Problems
3
Graduate Major Emphasis 3
Graduate Secondary Emphasis 3
Upper Division Free Elective (3000-4000-level) 3
 Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours144