2018-2019 Academic Catalog 
    
    Dec 08, 2021  
2018-2019 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Political Science (GPS)


This plan outlines a four-year path to graduation. You are expected to satisfy all “success marker” courses, grades, and GPAs as specified. For part-time students and students needing to complete background material, this schedule represents the order in which courses should be taken. This suggested plan to four-year graduation does not replace regular advising appointments. Some course offerings may change.

Term One


Total: 15 Credit Hours


SUCCESS MARKERS: Maintain GPA of 2.0 or better; complete ENG 1100  with C or better

Term Two


Total: 15 Credit Hours


SUCCESS MARKERS: Maintain GPA of 2.0 or better

Term Three


  • Credit Hour(s): 3
  • PLS Course - Political Science Area 1 Course Credit Hour(s): 3
  • Intermediate Language Course (2010 level) Credit Hour(s): 3*
  • CORE - Core Course Credit Hour(s): 3
  • SCI Course - Science Course Credit Hour(s): 4

Total: 16 Credit Hours


SUCCESS MARKERS: Maintain GPA of 2.0 or better; complete one MTH course; complete one language course; complete PLS 2120  or PLS 2220 /PLS 2510  

Term Four


  • PLS Course - Political Science Area 2 Course Credit Hour(s): 3
  • PLS Course - Political Science Area 3 Course Credit Hour(s): 3
  • Intermediate Language Course (2020 level) Credit Hour(s): 3*
  • Related Requirement Course Credit Hour(s): 3
  • Credit Hour(s): 3

Total: 15 Credit Hours


SUCCESS MARKERS: Maintain GPA of 2.0 or better; complete ENG 2100  with C or better; complete PLS 2120  and PLS 2220  or PLS 2510  

Term Five


  • PLS Course - Political Science Area 1 Course Credit Hour(s): 3
  • PLS Course - Political Science Area 2 Course Credit Hour(s): 3
  • Credit Hour(s): 3
  • Related Requirement Course Credit Hour(s): 3
  • CORE - Core Course Credit Hour(s): 3

Total: 15 Credit Hours


SUCCESS MARKERS: Maintain GPA of 2.0 or better

Term Six


  • PLS Course - Political Science Area 3 Course Credit Hour(s): 3
  • PLS Elective - Credit Hour(s): 3
  • Credit Hour(s): 3
  • Related Requirement Course Credit Hour(s):3
  • SCI Course - Science Course Credit Hour(s): 4

Total: 16 Credit Hours


SUCCESS MARKERS: Maintain GPA of 2.0 or better; complete 20 upper-level credits.

Term Seven


  • PLS Elective - Credit Hour(s): 3
  • PLS Elective - Credit Hour(s): 3
  • Related Requirement Course Credit Hour(s): 3
  • Related Requirement Course Credit Hour(s): 3
  • General Elective Credit Hour(s): 4

Total: 16 Credit Hours


SUCCESS MARKERS: Maintain GPA of 2.0 or better

Term Eight


  • PLS Elective  -  Credit Hour(s): 3
  • PLS Elective - Credit Hour(s): 3
  • PLS Elective - Credit Hour(s): 3
  • General Elective Credit Hour(s): 3

Total: 12 Credit Hours


SUCCESS MARKERS: Maintain GPA of 2.0 or better.

Note(s):


*Languages include Arabic (ARA), American Sign Language (ASL), Chinese (CHI), French (FR), German (GER), Greek (GR), Latin (LAT), and Spanish (SPN).

 

Program Description


Students of political science study governments: how they evolve, why they exist, the forms and social functions they assume, why they change, and who controls them. To understand governments, students of political science also study politics: how people behave in their relationship to government, what they do to influence government, how government attempts to influence people’s behavior and beliefs about what it does. Students of politics also must appreciate how cultural, historical, and economic forces affect the evolution of governments and mass political behavior.

The Bachelor of Arts program in political science focuses on four areas of instruction:

   a) American government, including legislative and executive institutions, political parties and interest groups, public administration, public opinion and elections, and state and urban government;

   b) Public law, including constitutional law, criminal justice, civil liberties, and environmental law;

   c) International relations and comparative politics, including American foreign policy, European, Latin American, Middle Eastern, Russian, African, and Asian politics; national security policy, terrorism, human rights, and developing political systems;

   d) Political philosophy, political ideologies, the history of political thought, political theory, and political analysis; and quantitative methods of political research.

Career Opportunities


For career information, please visit Wright State University Career Services:

http://www.wright.edu/careerservices

or the Center for Liberal Arts Student Success: https://liberal-arts.wright.edu/careers-and-internships

 

 

 

Campus Contact Information


The Department of Political Science

325 Millett Hall

Phone: (937) 775-2942

http://www.wright.edu/cola/Dept/pls/index.html

Additional Comments


Academic success resources (math, writing, tutoring): http://www.wright.edu/uc/success/

Admissions: http://www.wright.edu/admissions/

Financial Aid: http://www.wright.edu/financialaid/

Transitional Advising WebPage (TAP): http://www.wright.edu/semesters-advising