Below is a sample 4-year plan for students pursuing the BA in Political Science. To view the list of courses approved to fulfill KU Core Goals, please visit the KU Core website.

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 101 (Goal 2.1 (2 crs req), BA Writing I)13ENGL 102 (Goal 2.1 (2 crs req), BA Writing II)3
MATH 101 (Goal 1.2 Quantitative Reasoning)3Quantitative Reasoning (Goal 1.2, BA Quantitative Reasoning)23
1st Semester Language (BA Second Language)52nd Semester Language (BA Second Language)5
First Year Seminar (Goal 1.1 Critical Thinking)3COMS 130 (Goal 2.2 Communication)3
POLS 102 (Recommended for Majors)1POLS 110 (Goal 3 Social Science, Major Requirement)3
 15 17
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
3rd Semester Language (BA Second Language)34th Semester Language, or 1st semester of Another Language (BA Second Language)3-5
Goal 3 Humanities3Goal 3 Natural Science3
Goal 4.1 US Diversity3Lab Science (BA Lab Requirement)1-2
POLS 150 or 170 (Goal 4.2 Global Awareness, Major Requirement)3POLS 301 (Major Requirement)3
Elective or possible minor course (Total Hours)3Elective or possible minor course (Total Hours)3
 15 13-16
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
POLS Elective from Unique Sub-Field, (Major Requirement)33Goal 5 Social Responsibility & Ethics3
POLS Elective 400+ (Major Requirement)33POLS 306 (Major Requirement)3
Elective or possible minor course (Total Hours)3POLS Elective from a Unique Sub-Field 400+, (Major Requirement)33
Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3Elective or possible minor course (Total Hours)3
Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3
 15 15
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
POLS Elective 400+ (Major Requirement)33POLS Elective 400+ (Major Requirement)33
POLS 493, 494, 495, 496, 497, or 498 (Goal 6 Integration & Creativity)43Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3
Elective or possible minor course (Total Hours)3Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3
Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3
Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3
 15 15
Total Hours: 120-123
1

The BA requires completion of two courses of collegiate-level writing instruction. Students who test out of Composition will still need to complete ENGL 102 (or equivalent) and one additional Goal 2.1 course. 

2

Visit this website for a list of courses that fulfill the BA Quantitative Reasoning requirement. 

3

For a list sub-fields and courses used to fulfill the sub-field requirements, and POLS 400+ elective requirements, review the degree requirements tab in the catalog, or see your advisor.

4

These are recommended capstone courses for majors. If one of these courses is not taken, another course that fulfills Goal 6 Integration & Creativity must be chosen.

Please note:

All students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are required to completed 120 total hours of which 45 hours must be at the Jr/Sr (300+) level, and 100 hours must be from within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

The same course cannot be used to fulfill more than one KU Core Goal. However, overlap of a KU Core course with a major or degree-specific requirement is allowed. Overlapping is recommended to allow more opportunities to explore other majors and/or minors.