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EIU Department of Political Science


One of the challenges facing the typical undergraduate student is understanding what is involved in moving toward a degree in a major, and more specifically a good sequencing of courses.  This website section is designed to provide guidance on this matter, by linking you to sample 4-Year Study Plans for our department's three core majors under the 2015-16 Undergraduate Catalog.  The document below includes sample study plans for the following:

  • The Political Science B.A Program
  • The Political Science with International Studies Option B.A. Program
  • The Political Science with Civic and Nonprofit Leadership Option Program

Political Science Sample 4-Year Plans

When examining our PLS 4-Year Study Plans, please note that they are samples--examples of how a political science major might make sound course sequencing choices in moving toward the B.A. degree--from the freshman year on through joining the ranks of graduating seniors. An important point to note is that the Political Science Major is designed to be a flexible one, both with respect to the process of moving ahead on completing major requirements and also relative to supplementing the Political Science major with other university degree programs--e.g., academic minors or second major.

Please note, however, that t is important to consult with an academic advisor, particularly to make sure the courses under consideration will work for you and meet your academic and degree progress needs.  Your academic advisor also can help with any questions about plans for the scheduling of courses.  One area where consultation with an academic advisor is particularly important is when to take core introductory Political Science courses along with when best to take the introductory research methods classes.

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Department of Political Science

Eastern Illinois University
600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, IL 61920
Fax: 217-581-2926

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