2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    Dec 11, 2019  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

Political Science, Prelaw Track (B.A.)


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College of Sciences
School of Politics, Security, and International Affairs
Howard Phillips Hall (HPH), Room: 302
https://sciences.ucf.edu/politicalscience
Email: politics@ucf.edu

Dr. Roger Handberg
Phone: 407-823-2608

While no specific major is prescribed for admission to law school, many prelaw students elect to major in political science. These individuals usually choose the prelaw emphasis within the political science major. Prelaw students are encouraged to work closely with a prelaw advisor in planning their program. By judicious use of electives, students build a firm foundation for law school entry and acquire a broad training which can result in career options upon graduation. For further information, consult one of the School’s prelaw advisors or the College of Sciences Prelaw Advisor. The following curriculum meets the requirements for a Political Science degree and prepares you for professional school.

Political Science (B.A.), Prelaw Track may be completed fully online, although not all elective options or program prerequisites may be offered online. Newly admitted students choosing to complete this program exclusively via UCF online classes may enroll with a reduction in campus-based fees.

Admission Requirements

  • None

Degree Requirements

  • Students who change degree programs and select this major must adopt the most current catalog.
  • Co-op or internship credit cannot be used in this major without prior school approval
  • Students should consult with a school advisor
  • The School Residency Requirement consists of at least 21 semester hours of regularly scheduled courses taken from the UCF School of Politics, Security, and International Affairs.
  • All prerequisites of courses taught within the College of Sciences will be enforced.
  • Courses designated in 1 (General Education Program) and 2 (Common Program Prerequisites) are usually completed in the first 60 hours

Double major/dual degree policy in Political Science programs and minors

  1. Students who double major/degree in any Political Science track and International and Global Studies shall not count more than two courses toward both programs, except the following courses;
  2. Students who major in any Political Science track, and minor in International and Global Studies, shall not count more than one course toward both programs.
  3. The myKnight Audit cannot capture overlapping courses between two or more programs; therefore, students should have their program reviewed by the School before filing for graduation.

General Education Program (GEP) (36 Credit Hours)


  • At least one course completed in each Foundation area must be a designated State General Education Core Course.

Communication Foundations (9 Credit Hours)


Cultural & Historical Foundations (9 Credit Hours)


Select One: (3 Credit Hours)


Mathematical Foundations (6 Credit Hours)


Math: (3 Credit Hours)


Statistics: (3 Credit Hours)


Social Foundations (6 Credit Hours)


Political Science (3 Credit Hours)


Social Science (3 Credit Hours)


Science Foundations (6 Credit Hours)


Common Program Prerequisites (CPP) (3 Credit Hours)


See Acceptable Substitutes for Transfer Courses for possible substitutes for the courses listed below.

Core Requirements: Basic Level


Courses specifically identified in the preceding Common Program Prerequisites section of this catalog are also required in the Basic Core, and must be taken.

Core Requirements: Advanced Level (3 Credit Hours)


Courses specifically identified in the preceding Common Program Prerequisites section of this catalog are also required in the Basic Core, and must be taken.

Restricted Electives (27 Credit Hours)


Select one from the following courses: (3 Credit Hours)


Take all of the following: (24 Credit Hours)


  • Two courses from Area A Credit Hours: 6
  • Two courses from area B Credit Hours: 6
  • One course from area C Credit Hours: 3
  • Three courses from Any Area Credit Hours: 9

Areas of Specialization


A. American Politics and Policy Area


B. International Relations and Comparative Government Area


Capstone Requirements


  • None

Electives


Select primarily from upper level courses after meeting with a school advisor. Courses may be outside the school.

Internship Program: For students who excel, a limited number of internships may be available each semester for three to six hours of credit. Under the Internship Director, the student is typically placed in an office of local, state, or national government, a law office, or campaign headquarters.

Students who qualify for Senior Scholars Program may enroll in graduate level courses to satisfy major requirements to take Area courses.

The following courses are not required, but serious students should consider taking these as free electives:

Foreign Language Requirements


Admissions

  • Met by graduation requirement

Graduation

  • Proficiency equivalent to two semesters of college instruction in a foreign language or in American Sign Language (ASL). Standardized examinations for foreign languages may be used. ASL proficiency is met by successful completion of ASL 2140 and ASL 2150 or an appropriate score on the ASL proficiency exam. Contact the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (https://healthprofessions.ucf.edu/csd/) regarding the ASL proficiency examination.

Additional Requirements


  • None

Required Minors


  • None

Program Exit Requirements


  • Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in all courses taken in the major. If additional major courses are taken beyond the minimum required (e.g. additional restricted electives), those courses will be included in the GPA calculation.
  • Complete the POS 4961 Exit Course during the student’s graduating semester.

University Minimum Exit Requirements


  • A 2.0 UCF GPA
  • 48 semester hours of upper division credit completed
  • 60 semester hours earned after CLEP awarded
  • 30 of the last 39 hours of course work must be completed in residency at UCF.
  • A maximum of 45 hours of extension, correspondence, CLEP, Credit by Exam, and Armed Forces credits permitted.
  • Complete the General Education Program, the Gordon Rule, and nine hours of Summer credit.

Total Undergraduate Credit Hours Required: 120


Additional Information


Honors In Major

  • Application and admission through The Burnett Honors College. More information about Honors in the Major can be found at honors.ucf.edu/research.
  • Interested students who meet the requirements are encouraged to participate in the HIM program. Contact the school for information about the program and the HIM coordinator.

Related Programs

Certificates

Related Minors

Advising Notes

  • Contact your college advisor in the College of Sciences Advising Services (COSAS) office (CSB 250) for more information about overall progress toward your degree, GEP and other university requirements, academic probation, special problems as well as general academic advising.

Transfer Notes

  • Lower division courses do not substitute for upper division courses.
  • Courses transferred from private and out-of-state schools must be evaluated for equivalency credit. The student must provide all supporting information.
  • Submit your requests for course evaluations at https://sciences.ucf.edu/cosas/ and click on “COS Course Evaluation”.

Acceptable Substitutes for Transfer Courses

  • The following substitutions for common program prerequisites are acceptable if taken prior to transferring to UCF:
    • POS 2041 : any three hours of introductory Political Science classes will satisfy the CPP. However since this course is required in the core of the major and is a prerequisite to subsequent courses, it still must be taken.
    • POS 3703 : any three hours of introductory Political Science classes will satisfy the CPP. However since this course is required in the core of the major, it still must be taken.

Program Academic Learning Compacts

Plan of Study


  • This is one of numerous possible plans of study. See program description for all requirements.
  • Consult a school advisor for alternate, new or more appropriate selections.
  • Use your Pegasus Path planning tool in your myUCF portal to plan your courses through to graduation.
  • Prior to enrolling in Math, take Math Placement Test ~ https://www.sdes.ucf.edu/placement-tests/
  • You may be required to complete 9 hours of them during the Summer. Consult with an advisor to determine if you are exempt.

Freshman Year - Fall (13 Credit Hours)


Select One: GEP 4 - Historical Foundation Credit Hours: 3


Freshman Year - Spring (13 Credit Hours)


Freshman Year - Summer (6 Credit Hours)


  • Restricted Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • GEP Credit Hours: 3

Sophomore Year - Fall (15 Credit Hours)


Select One: Required Track Elective Credit Hours: 3


Sophomore Year - Spring (15 Credit Hours)


Sophomore Year - Summer (3 Credit Hours)


  • GEP Credit Hours: 3

Junior Year - Fall (15 Credit Hours)


  • Restricted Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • GEP Credit Hours: 3
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 3

Junior Year - Spring (15 Credit Hours)


  • Restricted Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 3

Senior Year - Fall (13 Credit Hours)


  • Restricted Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 3

Senior Year - Spring (12 Credit Hours)


  • POS 4961 - Exit Course Credit Hours: 0
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 3

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