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Academic Program Guide


Political Science


ACADEMIC MAP (Effective Summer 2017 and after)

This map is a term-by-term sample course schedule. The milestones listed to the right of each term are designed to keep you on course to graduate in four years. The Sample Schedule serves as a general guideline to help you build a full schedule each term. The General Education and Elective courses must be selected to satisfy all area and multicultural requirements unless your program meets these requirements with major courses. Milestones are courses and special requirements necessary for timely progress to complete a major. Missing milestones will result in one of two types of map registration stops. The first level (Degree Map Off-track) is placed following grade posting if the student has missed a milestone (course and/or GPA) for the first time in the major. If a student is in non-compliance with milestones for two (2) consecutive semesters (excluding summers), a Major Change Required stop is placed on the student's registration.

To complete a major in Political Science, you need 30 hours of coursework with grades of C minus or better, and complete 12 - 18 hours for a minor with grades of C minus or better (Public Administration will not count as a minor for Political Science majors).No student who has accumulated three(3) or more grades below "C minus" (D+,D,D minus,F,U) in Political Science courses taken for credit, at Florida State University or elsewhere, will be permitted to continue toward a degree with a major in Political Science.

Mapping Coordinator: Lisha Stafford
Email: LStafford@fsu.edu

Sample Schedule

Term 1 hrs
ENC1101 Freshman Composition3
1st GE Core Mathematics3
GE History3
CGS2060 Computer Fluency3
Elective3
Milestones 1
Overall GPA 2.00 or higher
Complete ENC1101 ( ≥ C minus )
Term 2 hrs
ENC2135 Research, Genre, and Context 3
2nd GE Mathematics or Statistics3
GE Natural Science3
GE Core Social Science3
Elective3
Milestones 2
Overall GPA 2.00 or higher
Complete ENC2135 ( ≥ C minus )
Complete 1st GE Mathematics course ( ≥ C minus )
Term 3 hrs
POS1041 Introduction to American Government 3
Oral Communication Competency3
GE Core Humanities/Cultural Practice3
GE Ethics3
Elective3
Milestones 3
Overall GPA 2.00 or higher
Complete POS1041 or one intro. Political Science course (INRXXXX, CPOXXXX, POSXXXX)
Complete 2nd GE Mathematics or Statistics course ( ≥ C minus )
Term 4 hrs
Introductory Political Science course3
GE Humanities/Cultural Practice3
GE Social Science3
GE Core Natural Science with Lab4
Elective3
Milestones 4
Overall GPA 2.00 or higher
Complete 2 Intro. Political Science courses (one must be POS1041)
Complete General Education Requirements
Complete Multicultural Requirement (strongly recommended)
Term 5 hrs
Introductory Political Science course3
POS3713 Understanding Political Science Research 3
Minor course3
Minor course3
Elective3
Milestones 5
Overall GPA 2.00 or higher
Complete POS3713
Complete 3 Intro. Political Science courses
Term 6 hrs
Political Science course3
Political Science 3000/4000 level course3
Minor course3
Minor course3
Elective3
Milestones 6
Overall GPA 2.00 or higher
Complete Two 3000/4000 level Political Science Courses
Request Social Science Graduation Check
Request Registrar Graduation Check
Term 7 hrs
Political Science 3000/4000 level course3
Political Science 3000/4000 level course3
Minor course3
Minor course3
Elective3
Milestones 7
Overall GPA 2.00 or higher
Complete Pre-Graduation Check
Term 8 hrs
Political Science 3000/4000 level course3
Political Science 3000/4000 level course3
Elective3
Elective3
Elective3
Milestones 8
Overall GPA 2.00 or higher
Apply for graduation in 1st three weeks of semester
Oral Communication/Speech and Computer Literacy requirements must be completed

Employment Information
Representative Job Titles Related to this Major: Teacher: Secondary, College(requires advanced degree), Archivist: Political History, Researcher: Public and Private, City Planning Aide, Urban Planner, Analyst: Legislative, Executive, Customs Worker: Agent, Inspector, Staff Assistants: State, Local, or Federal Government, Labor-Relations Specialist, Manager: City, World Trade, Lawyer: (Professional School), Veterans’ Claims Representative, Foreign Service Officer, Journalist, Special Agent (F.B.I., C.I.A.), Campaign Operative, Lobbyist, Activist/Organizer, Career counselor, Immigration officer, Law Enforcement, Mediator(requires addtional certification), Policy Analyst, Public Affairs Research Analyst.

Representative Employers: Government: Federal, State, or Local, Colleges and Universities, Local School Boards, Corporations, Media (print, electronic), Political Action Committees, Civic & Taxpayers ’ Associations, Chambers of Commerce, Regional Planning Councils, Political Party Headquarters, Political consultants, Political Candidates, Public interest groups (Common Cause, PIRG, etc.).

International Opportunities: International study is available for all students and may include opportunities for internships or taking course work towards various majors and minors. International study may have an impact on the MAP; therefore, it is important to consult with the academic advisor before participating. Interested students can find information about international study, research, internships, and service opportunities at: global.fsu.edu/undergraduate-students/going-abroad.

This Map is not a contract, either expressed or implied, between the University and the student, but represents a flexible program of the current curriculum which may be altered from time to time to carry out the academic objectives of the University. The University specifically reserves the right to change, delete or add to any Map at any time within the student’s period of study at the University



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