Sample Degree Pathway for Political Science


For students who entered fall 2013 to spring 2015.

Freshman Year

Fall Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
ENGL.1010 (Gen. Ed.) College Writing I 3
MATH.xxxx (Gen. Ed.) Mathematics (MATH.1110/1510 recommended)
3
POLI.1010 Intro. to American Politics1
3
xxxx.xxxx (Gen. Ed.) SS (Social Science)
3
xxxx.xxxx Language 1
3
FAHS.1090 First Year Seminar2 1
Total 16

Spring Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
ENGL.1020 (Gen. Ed.) College Writing II 3
xxxx.xxxx (Gen. Ed.) Science w/lab 4
xxxx.xxxx (Gen. Ed.) AH (Arts/Humanities)
3
POLI.xxxx Distribution Req. 3
xxxx.xxxx Language 2
3
Total 16

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
xxxx.xxxx (Gen. Ed.) AH (Arts/Humanities) 3
xxxx.xxxx (Gen. Ed.) SS (Social Science) 3
xxxx.xxxx (Gen. Ed.) Science w/lab 4
xxxx.xxxx Language 3
3
POLI.xxxx Distribution requirement
3
Total 16

Spring Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
POLI.xxxx Distribution Req.
3
POLI.2010 Political Analysis
3
POLI.xxxx Political Science elective 3
xxxx.xxxx Language 4
3
xxxx.xxxx Political Science or Free Elective
3
Total 15

Junior Year

Fall Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
POLI.xxxx Distribution Requirement 3
POLI.3010 Research Methods 3
xxxx.xxxx
(Gen. Ed.) AH (Arts/Humanities)
3
xxxx.xxxx (Gen. Ed.) Science (non-lab) 3
POLI.xxxx Political Science or Free Elective 3
Total 15

Spring Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
POLI.xxxx
Distribution Requirement 3
POLI.xxxx
Distribution Requirement 3
xxxx.xxxx
(Gen. Ed.) SS (Social Science)
3
xxxx.xxxx Free Elective 3
xxxx.xxxx Free Elective 3
Total 15

Senior Year

Fall Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
POLI.xxxx Seminar Requirement 3
xxxx.xxxx Political Science or Free Elective
3
xxxx.xxxx Free Elective 3
xxxx.xxxx Free Elective 3
xxxx.xxxx Free Elective 3
Total 15

Spring Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
POLI.4xxx Practicum Experience/Practicum of the Law 3
xxxx.xxxx Free Elective 3
xxxx.xxxx Free Elective 3
xxxx.xxxx Free Elective 3
xxxx.xxxx Free Elective 3
Total 15
Total Minimum Credits = 120

A major in Political Science consists of at least 36 credits to a maximum of 45 credits (i.e., 3 credit Practicum and 33 to 42 other credits.) At least 15 credits must be taken at the 3000 level or above, not counting POLI.3010 and Practicum, but counting courses that may also meet the Distribution and/or Seminar requirements.

The Gen. Ed. Ethics and Diversity requirement can be met with the Political Analysis (POLI.2010) or any of several courses with ethics and diversity designation.

A minimum of 5 Political Science courses (15 credits) must be at the 3000/4000 level. These may not include POLI.3010 and the Practicum but may include courses that also meet the Distribution and/or Seminar Requirements.

Distribution Requirements

The Department also requires at least 2 courses at any level in the 3 following sub-areas:

  1. American Politics, Government and Policy
  2. Law, Thought/Theory and Methods
  3. Comparative and International Politics

POLI.101, POLI.2010 & POLI.3010 may not be used to meet distribution requirements.

Seminar Requirement

Take any course that meets the Political Science Seminar Requirement from the approved list posted regularly on the Department Bulletin Board.

Current UMass Lowell students should be using their Advisement Report in SIS. If you need assistance, please contact your advisor.

To assure a depth of knowledge, the Department expects Political Science majors, in conjunction with the faculty advisor, to formulate a Program of Studies in the major that includes 3 to 5 courses that focus in progressively more advanced stages upon a sub-area. The Department also recommends that Political Science majors select supporting coursework from Economics, History, Sociology, etc., and encourages students to develop minor areas of study or supporting majors in related social science disciplines.

Waivers 

Waiver of any requirement may be granted only by the Department chair in unusual circumstances and for a valid reason.

1Freshman Political Science majors must take Freshman majors-only section of POLI.1010.
2First Year Seminar is required for all entering Freshmen.

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: 10/26/2017