The 2+3 Combined B.A./M.A. program in Political Science provides an opportunity for students of recognized academic ability and educational maturity to complete the requirements for both degrees in 5 years of fulltime study.

The combined program requires a minimum of 140 credit hours of which at least 33 must be at the graduate level in political science. In qualifying for the B.A., students must meet all University and College requirements. Students in the combined 2+3 who successfully complete the requirements for the M.A. degree will be awarded a BA degree simultaneously upon completion of at least 107 hours of undergraduate credit.

Student should apply to the Department for admission to the 2+3 combined degree program in Political Science during the semester they will complete 60 undergraduate credit hours. A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher and three letters of recommendation from faculty are required. Students will be admitted to the 2+3 program under provisional status until they have completed 30 hours in that program with a grade point of 3.0 or higher. After completion of the provisional period, with the recommendation of the Graduate Director, students can be granted full admission into the 2+3 program.

Students must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or higher throughout the combined program. Students who officially withdraw from the 2+3 combined degree program, who have successfully completed all the regular requirements for the B.A. degree (120 hours) will be awarded

Undergraduate Requirements for Student in the 2+3 Program

A. The following must be completed prior to enrolling in the 2+3 program

1. Students must take
PS 1100: Introduction to American Politics
PS 1500: Introduction to Comparative Politics

2. PLUS two of the following:
PS 1600: Contemporary Political Theory
PS 1800: World Politics
PS 2300: State Politics
PS 2350: Introduction to Urban Politics
PS 2400: Introduction to Public Administration
PS 2650: American Political Thought

B. Undergraduate Requirements Within the 2+3 Program

1. Two of the following:
PS 2280: Judicial Politics and Policy
PS 2620: Modern Political Thought
PS 3200: Constitutional Law
PS 3210: Civil Liberties
PS 3300: The American Presidency
PS 3331: Congressional Politics
PS 3350: Political Parties and Elections
PS 3470: Collective Bargaining
PS 3480: Environmental Politics

2. PLUS two of the following:
PS 2510: The Politics of European Union
PS 2520: Middle Eastern Politics
PS 2530: Political Systems of South America
PS 2540: Political Systems of Mexico, Central American & the Caribbean
PS 2580: African Politics
PS 3690: The Marxist Heritage (Phil 3369; IntDsc 3690)
PS 3830: International Political Economy
PS 3850: International Organizations and Global Problem Solving
PS 4850: International Law

3. Plus one additional course from B-1 or B-2

C. Graduate Requirements

1. PS 6401: Introduction to Policy Research (3 credits)

2. PLUS 3 of the following (9 credits):
PS 6420: Proseminar in Public Law
PS 6430: Proseminar in American Politics
PS 6440: Proseminar in Public Policy Administration
PS 6450: Proseminar in Comparative Politics
PS 6470: Proseminar in Urban Politics
PS 6480: Proseminar in International Relations

3. PLUS 5 additional graduate Political Science classes (15 credits).
Students should select an emphasis in American Politics, Public Policy, Comparative Politics, Political Theory, or International Relations.

4. PLUS Exit Project or Internship or Thesis (6 credits)

Summary of Credits in Political Science:
B.A.: 27 hours (12 completed in lower division courses before admission to the 2+3 program) 
M.A.: 33 hours at the graduate level

TOTAL: 60 hours in Political Science classes