Excerpt from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.
Following this section are the requirements as represented in Degree Navigator, MSU's online advising tool. The Degree Navigator section is only available for programs using Degree Navigator for degree certiication.
College of Social Science Department of Political Science Undergraduate Programs World Politics
The Bachelor of Arts degree in World Politics is designed to educate students about governments and political systems of many different nations and the interactions among them. It will prepare students for careers in international affairs in the public, private, and non-profit spheres. The major allows students to study the regions of the world that most interest them but also provides broad coverage of international relations and comparative politics.
Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in World Politics
The University requirements for bachelor’s degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Arts degree in World Politics.
The University’s Tier II writing requirement for the World Politics major is met by completing Political Science 422. That course is referenced in item 3. below.
The requirements of the College of Social Science for the Bachelor of Arts degree.
The following requirements for the major:
All of the following courses in the Department of Political Science (37 credits):
All of the following courses (18 credits):
Introduction to Comparative Politics
Introduction to International Relations
Introduction to Political Science
Introduction to Methods of Political Analysis
Special Topics in Political Science
Five of the following courses (15 credits):
Comparative Political Economy
Politics of Developing Areas
Religion and World Politics
Middle East Politics
Latin American Politics
Politics of Asia
Politics of Europe and the European Union
Politics of English Speaking Democracies
Politics of the U.S.S.R. and Its Successor States
American Foreign Policy and National Security
International and Domestic Political Conflict
Politics of the United Nations and International Organizations
James Madison Writing: 2. James Madison Writing: 2 courses from MC111, MC112
Residential College Writing: 3. Residential College Writing: 2 courses from RCAH111, RCAH112
Requirement 2: University Mathematics
University Mathematics: The required number of courses from 1 of the following sets of courses
MTH2: 1 course
At least 1 course from LB118, MTH110, MTH116, MTHRQMT, MTHWAIV1, MTHWAIV2, Mathematics Pre-Matriculation, Mathematics Post-Matriculation
MTH1: 2 courses
At least 1 course from MTH103, MTH103WAIV
At least 1 course from MTH112, MTH114, MTH124, MTH132, MTH152H, MTH201, STT200, STT201
Requirement 3: University IAH201 - IAH210
University IAH201 - IAH210: 4 credits from IAH201, IAH202, IAH203, IAH204, IAH205, IAH206, IAH207, IAH208, IAH209, IAH210, RCAH201, ANY IAH BELOW 211
Requirement 4: University IAH211 or higher
University IAH211 or higher: 4 credits from IAH211A, IAH211B, IAH211C, IAH211D, IAH221A, IAH221B, IAH221C, IAH231A, IAH231B, IAH231C, IAH241A, IAH241B, IAH241C, IAH241D, IAH241E, IAH241F, RCAH202, TRANSFER IAH, ANY IAH211 OR HIGHER, approved LB courses
Requirement 5: University ISS200 Series
University ISS200 Series: 4 credits from ISS210, ISS215, ISS220, ISS225, ISS230, ISS235, MC201, TRANSFER ISS 200 LEVEL, ANY ISS 200 LEVEL
Requirement 6: University ISS300 Series
University ISS300 Series: 4 credits from ISS305, ISS308, ISS310, ISS315, ISS318, ISS320, ISS325, ISS327, ISS328, ISS330A, ISS330B, ISS330C, ISS335, ISS336, MC202, ANY ISS 300 LEVEL, approved LB courses
Requirement 7: University ISB
University ISB: 3 credits from ISB200, ISB201, ISB202, ISB204, TRANSFER ISB, ISB ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISB COURSE
Requirement 8: University ISP
University ISP: 3 credits from ISP203A, ISP203B, ISP205, ISP207, ISP209, ISP213H, ISP215, ISP217, ISP220, ISP221, TRANSFER ISP, ISP ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISP COURSE
Requirement 9: University Laboratory Experience
University Laboratory Experience: The required number of credits from 1 of the following sets of courses
Univ Lab: 2 credits
At least 2 credits from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
Alternative: 2 credits
At least 1 credit from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
At least 1 credit from an Alternative Track Lab credit
Requirement 10: University Diversity Distribution
University Diversity Distribution: A total 2 courses
At least 1 course from NationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing national diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
At least 1 course from InternationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing international and multicultural diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
University Diversity Distribution: No more than 1 course from IAH or ISS emphasizing both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity in Requirement(s) 10
Requirement 11: Major - World Politics - Government and Politics of the World
Major - World Politics - Government and Politics of the World: 1 course from PLS140
Requirement 12: Major - World Politics - Introduction to International Relations
Major - World Politics - Introduction to International Relations: 1 course from PLS160
Requirement 13: Major - World Politics - Introduction to Political Science
Major - World Politics - Introduction to Political Science: 1 course from PLS200
Requirement 14: Major - World Politics - Introduction to Methods of Political Analysis
Major - World Politics - Introduction to Methods of Political Analysis: 1 course from PLS201
Requirement 15: Major - World Politics - Special Topics in Political Science
Major - World Politics - Special Topics in Political Science: 1 course from PLS392
Requirement 16: Major - World Politics - 300 Level Electives
Major - World Politics - 300 Level Electives: 5 courses from PLS342, PLS344, PLS351, PLS352, PLS354, PLS356, PLS357, PLS358, PLS362, PLS363, PLS364, PLS345, PLS346, PLS347
Requirement 17: Major - World Politics - Tier II Writing
Major - World Politics - Tier II Writing: 1 course from PLS422
Requirement 18: Major Distribution
Major Distribution: 33 credits from Political Science courses
Requirement 19: Major - World Politics - Distribution - International Relations and Comparative Politics
Major - World Politics - Distribution - International Relations and Comparative Politics: 5 courses from International and Comparative Politics courses
Requirement 20: College - Social Science - Social Science
College - Social Science - Social Science: 15 credits from the following departments: ANP, CJ, EC, FCE, GEO, HST, LIR, PSY, SOC, SW, UP excluding ANP202 and GEO203, 206, 206L.
Requirement 21: College - Social Science - Arts and Letters
College - Social Science - Arts and Letters: 9 credits from Approved courses from the College of Arts & Letters. A department or school may require its major to complete specific courses or particular subject matter areas.
Requirement 22: College - Social Science - Natural Science
College - Social Science - Natural Science: 6 credits from approved College of Natural Science courses.
Requirement 23: College Distribution
College Distribution: 30 credits from courses at the 300 level and above.
Requirement 24: Electives
Electives: 0 credits from Electives at Michigan State University and transfer coursework. This number can change based on the credits of the coursework taken to fulfill University, College, and Major requirements. Please contact your academic advisor with any questions.
Requirement 25: University Residency
University Residency: 30 credits from MSU coursework, 27 credits from MSU courses taken after reaching junior standing, 20 credits from courses offered by MSU while admitted to major & 20 of the last 30 credits must be MSU courses. Please see academic advisor.