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Degree Pathway for the Bachelor of Arts in Political Science - International Relations and Comparative Politics Concentration - Fall 2020 and Beyond

Sample Degree Pathway for Political Science - International Relations and Comparative Politics Concentration

For students who entered fall 2020 and beyond

Freshman Year

Fall Semester

Course#Course NameCr.
Total16
POLI.1010Introduction to American Politics (SRE)3
FAHS.1090First Year Seminar1
ENGL.1010 /
HONR.1100
College Writing I / FYSH (CW)3
WLxx.xxxxLanguage 1 & Culture3
xxxx.xxxxArts and Hum. Persp. (AH)13
xxxx.xxxxSocial Sciences Persp. (SS)1 - PSYC.1010 recommended3

Spring Semester

Course#Course NameCr.
Total15/16
ENGL.1020College Writing II (CW)3
POLI.1120 /
POLI.1210
Introduction to Comparative Politics /
Introduction to International Relations (DCA)
3
WLxx.xxxxLanguage 2 & Culture3
xxxx.xxxxScience with/Lab Persp. (SCL)13/4
xxxx.xxxxSocial Sciences Persp. (SS)13

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester

Course#Course NameCr.
POLI.2010Research Methods (IL)3
xxxx.xxxxArts and Hum. Persp. (AH)13
xxxx.xxxxScience with/Lab Persp. (SCL)13/4
xxxx.xxxxLanguage 3 & Culture or World Ready Elective23
xxxx.xxxxMath Persp. (MATH) - MATH.2830 recommended3
Total15/16

Spring Semester

Course#Course NameCr.
POLI.3010Quantitative Research Methods (CTPS), (QL)3
POLI.xxxxInternational Relations and Comparative Politics Concentration Elective43
POLI.xxxxInternational Relations and Comparative Politics Concentration Elective43
xxxx.xxxxLanguage 4 & Culture or World Ready Elective23
xxxx.xxxxPolitical Science or Free Elective3
Total15

Junior Year

Fall Semester

Course#Course NameCr.
POLI.xxxxInternational Relations and Comparative Politics Concentration Elective53
POLI.xxxxInternational Relations and Comparative Politics Concentration Elective53
POLI.xxxxPolitical Science or Free Elective3
xxxx.xxxxSTEM Persp. (STEM)13
xxxx.xxxxArts and Hum. Persp. (AH)13
Total15

Spring Semester

Course#Course NameCr.
POLI.xxxxInternational Relations and Comparative Politics Concentration Elective53
xxxx.xxxxPolitical Science or Free Elective3
xxxx.xxxxSocial Sciences Persp. (SS)13
xxxx.xxxxWorld Ready Electiveor Free Elective3
xxxx.xxxxFree Elective3
Total15

Senior Year

Fall Semester

Course#Course NameCr.
POLI.4xxxApproved 4000-level Seminar (WOC)3/63
xxxx.xxxxPolitical Science or Free Elective3
xxxx.xxxxFree Elective3
xxxx.xxxxFree Elective3
xxxx.xxxxFree Elective3
Total15

Spring Semester

Course#Course NameCr.
POLI.4960 /
POLI.4970
Experiential Learning in Political Science /
Practicum in the Law (AIL)
3
xxxx.xxxxFree Elective3
xxxx.xxxxFree Elective3
xxxx.xxxxFree Elective3
xxxx.xxxxFree Elective3
Total15

Total Minimum Credits = 120

Minimum Political Science Credits: 36

Maximum Political Science Credits That Can Be Counted Toward Graduation: 45

Minimum Upper Level Credits: 18 with a minimum of 6 at 4000 level plus 12 at 3000 level or higher (POLI.3010POLI.4960 or POLI.4970 count toward these requirements). One of these advanced courses must be a seminar, which is a small class of advanced students, focused on more intensive writing than usual classes. The topics of seminar courses will vary each semester with the interests of department faculty.

You should meet with your faculty advisor to determine how you will meet the Political Science and Core Curriculum requirements.

1No more than two Breadth of Knowledge courses can be taken with the same prefix. The Core Curriculum courses may be taken in any sequence. Refer to the Core Curriculum policy for further details.

2World Ready Language Track (WR track) requires successful completion of a two course sequence in a World Language (depending on placement) and three approved courses on the culture/history/literature/film related to that language, but taught in English. (Total of 15 credits.) For detailed information refer to Policies - Language Requirements in the undergraduate catalog.

3Political Science majors satisfy the Written and Oral Communication (WOC) ELO by taking an approved, 4000-level Political Science seminar course. See your Advisement Report or the WOC Course Listing for a current list of approved courses.

4International Relations and Comparative Politics Concentration Elective Sophomore Spring semester, course list includes:

5International Relations and Comparative Politics Concentration Elective Junior year, course list includes:

6Approved 4000-level Seminar:

Current UMass Lowell students should use their Advisement Report in SIS. Political Science majors will also be assigned to a faculty advisor who guides students through their studies. The department strongly suggests scheduling an advising meeting once per semester.

Restriction on off-campus study:

Be advised that any course taken at another institution must be formally approved prior to enrollment. See the catalog policy for details.

Last updated: 7/13/2020