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

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
BGS Career Prep Course (BGS Requirement)3Elective3
 15 15
Total Hours: 120
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.

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.

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.