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Political Science Major Map

Campus: West Virginia University / Morgantown
College/School: Eberly College of Arts and Sciences
Areas of Emphasis: American Politics and Policy, International Relations, Comparative Politics and National Security, Pre-Law and Legal Studies
Pathways: Liberal Arts and Humanities, Law and Public Policy, Behavioral and Social Sciences

Studying political science will help you understand why courts make the decisions they do, why legislatures pass the laws they do and why countries make the choices they make in the international arena.

Academics

Fall
  • WVUE 191 First Year Seminar
    1
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • Foreign Language 101
    3
  • POLS 102 Introduction to American Government
    3
  • Select one of the following courses:
    3
    POLS 103 Global Political Issues or
    POLS 260 Introduction to International Relations
  • General Elective
    2
15
Spring
  • ENGL 101 Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric Exclamation Point
    3
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • Foreign Language 102
    3
  • Select one of the following courses:
    3
    POLS 270 History of Political Thought 1 or
    POLS 271 History of Political Thought 2
15
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This plan of study is for the 2017-18 academic year. Official plans of study are in the undergraduate course catalog (see archived catalogs for previous years).
  • Join The Daily Athenaeum or WWVU-FM staff to learn how to publish a newspaper, write articles, create radio shows, and report news and sports
  • Attend a SORTS (Students On the Road To Success) seminar
  • New international students: Find a mentor who is an upperclassman
  • Download the Guide application
  • International students: Meet one-on-one with an immigration adviser

The Mountaineer Experience

Clubs, sports and leadership roles will make your résumé standout. We'll help you find the right ones for your goals. During your first year you should:

  • Attend Adventure WV
  • Attend Monday Night Lights
  • Attend Fall Family Weekend with your family
  • Attend a sporting event that you have never seen before
  • Attend the Sophomore Celebration to celebrate your successful freshman year and becoming a sophomore

You're a citizen of the world, and your potential is endless with study abroad, volunteering and other experiences to add to your résumé. During your first year you should:

  • Make a friend from another country
  • Participate in leadership development opportunities in student organizations
  • Get involved in the Student Government Association
  • Participate in an Outdoor Recreation Center spring or winter break trip
  • Participate in an alternative spring break

Health and Wellness

Eating right, staying well and working toward your fitness goals will keep you on track. During your first year you should:

  • Join an intramural team
  • Use the WELLWVU HeartMath Lab
  • Participate in liveWELL programs
  • Complete a WELLGO calendar (wellgo.wvu.edu)
  • Make a healthy smoothie with the Student Wellness Ambassador Team

Career and Professional Development

You'll be prepared for internships, competitions and conferences — where you’ll make connections and gain vital experience to land the big offer. During your first year you should:

  • Get a job on campus at the residence hall desk or a dining hall
  • Complete the financial literacy course
  • Attend a career fair
  • Attend a resume writing class
  • Submit your resume to Career Services

Academics

Fall
  • ENGL 102 Composition, Rhetoric, and Research Exclamation Point
    3
  • Foreign Language 203
    3
  • POLS 250 Introduction to Comparative Politics Exclamation Point
    3
  • General Elective
    3
  • General Elective
    3
15
Spring
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • ECAS Fine Arts Requirement
    3
  • Foreign Language 204
    3
  • Select one of the following courses:
    3
    POLS 230 Introduction to Policy Analysis or
    POLS 240 Introduction to Public Administration
  • POLS 300 Empirical Political Analysis
    3
15
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This plan of study is for the 2017-18 academic year. Official plans of study are in the undergraduate course catalog (see archived catalogs for previous years).
  • Earn a 4.0 in at least one semester
  • Find a faculty mentor
  • Learn how sleep impacts academic success
  • International students: Meet one-on-one with an immigration adviser
  • Complete the Campus Read

The Mountaineer Experience

Clubs, sports and leadership roles will make your résumé standout. We'll help you find the right ones for your goals. During your second year you should:

  • Find the mice in Stewart Hall
  • Go on one of the break trips through the Outdoor Rec Center
  • Attend Spring Family Weekend with your family
  • Attend a professional performance at the CAC
  • Attend a football game

You're a citizen of the world, and your potential is endless with study abroad, volunteering and other experiences to add to your résumé. During your second year you should:

  • Be a reporter for The Daily Athenaeum or WWVU-FM
  • Explore community service opportunities in student organizations
  • Explore community service opportunities in Greek Life
  • Attend the Festival of Ideas
  • Participate in a fraternity and sorority accreditation program

Health and Wellness

Eating right, staying well and working toward your fitness goals will keep you on track. During your second year you should:

  • Drop in to a meditation class in the Health and Education Building
  • Spend a day without technology
  • Visit campus farmers market
  • Continue involvement with your club sport or intramural team or try a new one
  • Exercise daily

Career and Professional Development

You'll be prepared for internships, competitions and conferences — where you’ll make connections and gain vital experience to land the big offer. During your second year you should:

  • Study Abroad (complete one major experience outside the classroom)
  • Service learning (complete 30 hours per semester and one major experience outside the classroom)
  • Become a student-leader in at least one organization
  • Undergraduate research (complete one major experience outside the classroom)
  • Sign up for an internship interview

Academics

Fall
  • Select one of the following courses:
    3
    POLS 334 Politics of Economic Policy or
    POLS 360 International Political Economy
  • POLS Elective 200-level or above Course
    3
  • POLS Elective 200-level or above Course
    3
  • Minor Course
    3
  • General Elective
    3
15
Spring
  • POLS Elective 200-level or above Course
    3
  • POLS Elective 200-level or above Course
    3
  • Minor Course
    3
  • General Elective
    3
  • General Elective
    3
15
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This plan of study is for the 2017-18 academic year. Official plans of study are in the undergraduate course catalog (see archived catalogs for previous years).
  • Attend a SORTS (Students On the Road To Success) seminar
  • Be the last person to leave the library from studying
  • Join The Daily Athenaeum or WWVU-FM staff to learn how to publish a newspaper, write articles, create radio shows, and report news and sports
  • Go talk to a faculty member in your department about graduate school or career options
  • International upperclassmen: Mentor new international students

The Mountaineer Experience

Clubs, sports and leadership roles will make your résumé standout. We'll help you find the right ones for your goals. During your third year you should:

  • Attend a student or faculty performance at the Creative Arts Center
  • Attend an Outdoor Rec Center weekend trip
  • Attend a Ring Day ceremony (where you will receive your WVU class ring)
  • Attend Fall Family Weekend with your family
  • Attend a professional performance at the CAC

You're a citizen of the world, and your potential is endless with study abroad, volunteering and other experiences to add to your résumé. During your third year you should:

  • Join a student organization
  • Work on a community service project
  • Post a picture of you in another country in WVU gear
  • Reach out and volunteer in the Morgantown community
  • Attend the Festival of Ideas

Health and Wellness

Eating right, staying well and working toward your fitness goals will keep you on track. During your third year you should:

  • Participate in liveWELL programs
  • Stay active with moveWELL, the Student Rec Center and Outdoor Rec Center
  • Complete a WELLGO calendar (wellgo.wvu.edu)
  • Exercise daily
  • Continue involvement with your club sport or intramural team or try a new one

Career and Professional Development

You'll be prepared for internships, competitions and conferences — where you’ll make connections and gain vital experience to land the big offer. During your third year you should:

  • Service learning (complete 30 hours per semester and one major experience outside the classroom)
  • Attend the Sophomore/Junior Fair during your fall semester to explore studying abroad, internships, career choices and more
  • Become a student-leader in at least one organization
  • International students: Explore optional practical training (12 to 29 months work experience in the U.S.)
  • Study Abroad (complete one major experience outside the classroom)

Academics

Fall
  • POLS Elective 200-level or above Course
    3
  • Minor Course
    3
  • Minor Course
    3
  • General Elective
    3
  • General Elective
    3
15
Spring
  • POLS Capstone
    3
  • Minor Course
    3
  • General Elective
    3
  • General Elective
    3
  • General Elective
    3
15
Exclamation Point Critical Course A Icon B Icon C Icon Success marker (try to get the grade indicated)

This plan of study is for the 2017-18 academic year. Official plans of study are in the undergraduate course catalog (see archived catalogs for previous years).
  • Learn how sleep impacts academic success
  • Attend a SORTS (Students On the Road To Success) seminar
  • Sign up for graduation
  • International upperclassmen: Mentor new international students
  • Join The Daily Athenaeum or WWVU-FM staff to learn how to publish a newspaper, write articles, create radio shows, and report news and sports

The Mountaineer Experience

Clubs, sports and leadership roles will make your résumé standout. We'll help you find the right ones for your goals. During your fourth year you should:

  • Attend WVUp All Night
  • Take a picture in front of Woodburn Hall with your graduation attire
  • Attend the Mountaineer Send-Off
  • Attend Fall Family Weekend with your family
  • Sit in the Senior Spirit Section (Section 121) at the home football games

You're a citizen of the world, and your potential is endless with study abroad, volunteering and other experiences to add to your résumé. During your fourth year you should:

  • Attend a multicultural, international or diversity program
  • Create a culture of well-being with a WELLWVU academic internship
  • Participate in an alternative spring break
  • Join a student organization
  • Explore community service opportunities in Greek Life

Health and Wellness

Eating right, staying well and working toward your fitness goals will keep you on track. During your fourth year you should:

  • Continue involvement with your club sport or intramural team or try a new one
  • Participate in liveWELL programs
  • Learn how to de-stress at chillFEST
  • Become a TIPS (Training Intervention Program) trainer and help prevent alcohol misuse
  • Become a leadWELL Trainer

Career and Professional Development

You'll be prepared for internships, competitions and conferences — where you’ll make connections and gain vital experience to land the big offer. During your fourth year you should:

  • International students: Explore optional practical training (12 to 29 months work experience in the U.S.)
  • Submit your resume to Career Services
  • Attend a career fair
  • Become a student-leader in at least one organization
  • Participate in a practice job interview session

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