Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
Goal 2.1 Written Communication (First Course, 2 Crs Required)3Goal 2.1 Written Communication (Second Course, 2 Crs Required)3
Goal 1.1 Critical Thinking3Goal 2.2 Communication3
Goal 1.2 Quantitative Literacy3POLS 110 (Goal 3 Social Science, Major Requirement)3
POLS 102 (Recommended for majors)1Elective (Total Hours)3
Elective (Total Hours)3Elective (Total Hours)3
Elective (Total Hours)2 
 15 15
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
Goal 3 Humanities3Goal 3 Natural Science3
Goal 4.1 U.S. Diversity3POLS 301 (Major Requirement)3
POLS 150 or 170 (Goal 4.2 Global Awareness, Major Requirement)3Required Minor Course (BGS Requirement)13
Required Minor Course (BGS Requirement)13Elective 300+ (Total Hours)3
Elective (Total Hours)3Elective (Total Hours)3
 15 15
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
POLS Elective from Unique Sub-Field (Major Requirement)23Goal 5 Social Responsibility & Ethics3
POLS Elective 400+ (Major Requirement)23POLS Elective from Unique Sub-Field 400+ (Major Requirement)23
Required Minor Course 300+ (BGS Requirement)13POLS 306 (Major Requirement)3
Elective 300+ (Total Hours)3Required Minor Course 300+ (BGS Requirement)13
Elective (Total Hours)3Elective (Total Hours)3
 15 15
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
POLS Elective 400+ (Major Requirement)23POLS Elective 400+ (Major Requirement)23
POLS 493, 494, 495, 496, 497, or 498 (Goal 6, Major Requirement)33Minor 300+ Level Course13
Required Minor Course 300+ (BGS Requirement)3Elective3
Elective 300+ (Total Hours)3Elective3
Elective (Total Hours)3Elective3
 15 15
Total Hours: 120

 Please note: All students in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences are required to complete 120 total hours of which 45 hours must be at the Jr/Sr (300+) level.

The same course cannot be used to fulfill more than one KU Core Goal.

1

 The BGS requires completion of a minor (or a second major) outside of the major area of study. Most minors require 18 hours with 12 at the 300+ level.

2

 For a list of 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.

3

 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.