Academics and Requirements

Department Requirements

  1. A minimum of 34 PLS credits.

  2. 2.0 GPA or higher in PLS coursework.

  3. Two of the following courses: PLS 100, 140, 160, 170.

  4. All three of the following courses: PLS 200, PLS 201, and PLS 392.

  5. Four additional PLS courses at the 300 or 400 level (but no more than one course equivalent of either PLS 494 Internship or PLS 495 Independent Study). Note: the Tier II Writing course, required in #7 below, does not count as one of these 4 courses.

  6. Distribution requirement: of the above courses, at least two must be in American Politics, two in Political Science Methods, two in Political Philosophy, and two in International/Comparative Politics.

    • American Government & Politics: PLS 100 and PLS 301-339

    • Methods of Political Analysis: PLS 200 and 201

    • Political Theory & Philosophy: PLS 170 and 370-379

  7. One Tier II Writing course within the department.

    • Tier II Writing (W): PLS 420, 421, 422, 440, 441, 460, 461, or 470, 481H

College Requirements

Complete Minor, STEM and Experiential Learning requirements

a. Interdisciplinary Minor

b. Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM)

c. Experiential Learning

University Requirements

Integrative Studies

Each student must complete a minimum of 24 Integrative Studies credits, including 8 credits in each of the following three areas: Arts and Humanities (IAH); Biological and Physical Sciences (ISB, ISP) including 2 credits of lab; and Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (ISS). MSU

undergraduates must also complete courses in at least two of three diversity categories (“D”, “N” & “I”) as part of their IAH and/or ISS requirements. “N” – emphasizes national diversity; “I” –

emphasizes international and multicultural diversity and “D” – emphasizes both national and

international/multicultural diversity.

Tier I Writing

Each student must either:

  • a. Secure a waiver by receiving a 3 on the Advanced Placement Exam in English or earn course credit by receiving a 4 on the exam, or

  • b. Complete one 4-credit Tier I writing course (WRA 101). In some cases, based on the English placement exam, a student may be required to complete developmental writing courses (WRA 0102 and 1004) prior to enrolling in a Tier I writing course.

University Math

A student may meet the mathematics requirement by:

  • a. Obtaining a Mathematics Placement Service Exam score of at least 19 on aproctored exam, or

  • b. Completing one of the following at MSU

    1. One course from MTH 110, 112, 116, 124, 132, 152H, and 201, or

    2.  Both MTH 103 and MTH 114, or

    3. Either STT 200 or STT 201.

    4. Both MTH 101 and MTH 102

    5. MTH 103 and MTH 101/102

Additional

Students must also:

  • a. Complete a minimum of 120 credits;

  • b. Earn a minimum 2.0 cumulative and major GPA;

  • c. Not exceed 20 repeat credits;

  • d. Earn at least 30 credits from MSU;

  • e. Earn 27 credits on the East Lansing campus after junior status; and

  • f. Transfer only 10 of last 30 credits earned.

Department Requirements

1. A minimum of 34 PLS credits.

2. 2.0 GPA or higher in PLS coursework.

3. PLS 100 and one of the following courses: 140, 160, 170.

4. All three of the following courses: PLS 200, PLS 201, and PLS 392.

5. PLS 320 or PLS 321.

6. Three additional PLS courses at the 300 or 400 level (but no more than one course

equivalent of either PLS 494 Internship or PLS 495 Independent Study). Note: the Tier II

Writing course, required in #8 below, does not count as one of these three courses.

7. Distribution requirement: of the above courses, at least two must be in American Politics,

two in Political Science Methods, two in Political Philosophy, and two in

International/Comparative Politics.* (One course taken to satisfy the

International/Comparative Politics requirement may be selected from an approved list of

courses outside of the PLS Department.

  • American Government & Politics: PLS 100 and PLS 301-339
  • Methods of Political Analysis: PLS 200 and 201
  • Political Theory & Philosophy: PLS 170 and 370-379
  • International/Comparative Politics: PLS 140, 160, 342-359, and 361-369

8. One Tier II Writing course within the department.

Tier II Writing (W): PLS 420, 421, 422, 440, 441, 460, 461, or 470

College Requirements

Complete Minor, STEM and Experiential Learning requirements

a. Interdisciplinary Minor

b. Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM)

c. Experiential Learning

University Requirements

Integrative Studies

Each student must complete a minimum of 24 Integrative Studies credits, including 8 credits in each of the following three areas: Arts and Humanities (IAH); Biological and Physical Sciences (ISB, ISP) including 2 credits of lab; and Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (ISS). MSU

undergraduates must also complete courses in at least two of three diversity categories (“D”, “N” & “I”) as part of their IAH and/or ISS requirements. “N” – emphasizes national diversity; “I” –

emphasizes international and multicultural diversity and “D” – emphasizes both national and

international/multicultural diversity.

Tier I Writing

Each student must either:

  • a. Secure a waiver by receiving a 3 on the Advanced Placement Exam in English or earn course credit by receiving a 4 on the exam, or

  • b. Complete one 4-credit Tier I writing course (WRA 101). In some cases, based on the English placement exam, a student may be required to complete developmental writing courses (WRA 0102 and 1004) prior to enrolling in a Tier I writing course.

University Math

A student may meet the mathematics requirement by:

  • a. Obtaining a Mathematics Placement Service Exam score of at least 19 on aproctored exam, or

  • b. Completing one of the following at MSU

    1. One course from MTH 110, 112, 116, 124, 132, 152H, and 201, or

    2.  Both MTH 103 and MTH 114, or

    3. Either STT 200 or STT 201.

    4. Both MTH 101 and MTH 102

    5. MTH 103 and MTH 101/102

Additional

Students must also:

  • a. Complete a minimum of 120 credits;

  • b. Earn a minimum 2.0 cumulative and major GPA;

  • c. Not exceed 20 repeat credits;

  • d. Earn at least 30 credits from MSU;

  • e. Earn 27 credits on the East Lansing campus after junior status; and

  • f. Transfer only 10 of last 30 credits earned.

Department Requirements

1. A minimum of 34 PLS credits.
2. 2.0 GPA or higher in PLS coursework.
3. All of the following courses: PLS 100, 200, 201, 392, 494.
4. PLS 310 or 313.
5. Select three*: PLS 301, 302, 310, 313, 324, 325, 331, 342, 362, 364, PPL 807, or PPL 891.
6. One Tier II Writing course within the department (PLS 422, 481H).

*Some versions of PLS 392, 422, and 495 may satisfy these requirements. Instructor approval is
required for PPL courses.

College Requirements

Complete Minor, STEM and Experiential Learning requirements

a. Interdisciplinary Minor

b. Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM)

c. Experiential Learning

University Requirements

Integrative Studies

Each student must complete a minimum of 24 Integrative Studies credits, including 8 credits in each of the following three areas: Arts and Humanities (IAH); Biological and Physical Sciences (ISB, ISP) including 2 credits of lab; and Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (ISS). MSU

undergraduates must also complete courses in at least two of three diversity categories (“D”, “N” & “I”) as part of their IAH and/or ISS requirements. “N” – emphasizes national diversity; “I” –

emphasizes international and multicultural diversity and “D” – emphasizes both national and

international/multicultural diversity.

Tier I Writing

Each student must either:

  • a. Secure a waiver by receiving a 3 on the Advanced Placement Exam in English or earn course credit by receiving a 4 on the exam, or

  • b. Complete one 4-credit Tier I writing course (WRA 101). In some cases, based on the English placement exam, a student may be required to complete developmental writing courses (WRA 0102 and 1004) prior to enrolling in a Tier I writing course.

University Math

A student may meet the mathematics requirement by:

  • a. Obtaining a Mathematics Placement Service Exam score of at least 19 on aproctored exam, or

  • b. Completing one of the following at MSU

    1. One course from MTH 110, 112, 116, 124, 132, 152H, and 201, or

    2.  Both MTH 103 and MTH 114, or

    3. Either STT 200 or STT 201.

    4. Both MTH 101 and MTH 102

    5. MTH 103 and MTH 101/102

Additional

Students must also:

  • a. Complete a minimum of 120 credits;

  • b. Earn a minimum 2.0 cumulative and major GPA;

  • c. Not exceed 20 repeat credits;

  • d. Earn at least 30 credits from MSU;

  • e. Earn 27 credits on the East Lansing campus after junior status; and

  • f. Transfer only 10 of last 30 credits earned.

Department Requirements

  1. A minimum of 34 PLS credits.
  2. 2.0 GPA or higher in PLS coursework.
  3.  PLS 140 and PLS 160
  4. All three of the following courses: PLS 200, PLS 201, and PLS 392
  5. Four additional PLS courses at the 300 level.
    • International Relations: PLS 342, 362, 363, 364
    • Comparative Politics: PLS 344, 351, 352, 353, 354, 356, 357, 358 ,359
  6.  Distribution requirement of 300-level Political Science courses: at least two courses from
    International Relations and Comparative Politics.
    • Methods of Political Analysis: PLS 200 and 201
    • International/Comparative Politics: PLS 140, 160, 342-359 and 361-369
  7.  One Tier II Writing course within the department.
    • Tier II Writing (W): PLS 422, 440, 441, 460, 461, 481H

College Requirements

Complete Minor, STEM and Experiential Learning requirements

a. Interdisciplinary Minor

b. Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM)

c. Experiential Learning

University Requirements

Integrative Studies

Each student must complete a minimum of 24 Integrative Studies credits, including 8 credits in each of the following three areas: Arts and Humanities (IAH); Biological and Physical Sciences (ISB, ISP) including 2 credits of lab; and Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (ISS). MSU

undergraduates must also complete courses in at least two of three diversity categories (“D”, “N” & “I”) as part of their IAH and/or ISS requirements. “N” – emphasizes national diversity; “I” –

emphasizes international and multicultural diversity and “D” – emphasizes both national and

international/multicultural diversity.

Tier I Writing

Each student must either:

  • Secure a waiver by receiving a 3 on the Advanced Placement Exam in English or earn course credit by receiving a 4 on the exam, or

  • Complete one 4-credit Tier I writing course (WRA 101). In some cases, based on the English placement exam, a student may be required to complete developmental writing courses (WRA 0102 and 1004) prior to enrolling in a Tier I writing course.

University Math

A student may meet the mathematics requirement by:

  • Obtaining a Mathematics Placement Service Exam score of at least 19 on aproctored exam, or

  • Completing one of the following at MSU

    1. One course from MTH 110, 112, 116, 124, 132, 152H, and 201, or

    2.  Both MTH 103 and MTH 114, or

    3. Either STT 200 or STT 201.

    4. Both MTH 101 and MTH 102

    5. MTH 103 and MTH 101/102

Additional

Students must also:

a. Complete a minimum of 120 credits;
b. Earn a minimum 2.0 cumulative and major GPA;
c. Not exceed 20 repeat credits;
d. Earn at least 30 credits from MSU;
e. Earn 27 credits on the East Lansing campus after junior status; and
f. Transfer only 10 of last 30 credits earned.
 

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  • Have you spoken to your professor/instructor? If not—do so immediately!! Most professors want their students to succeed in the classroom, and will respond to your request for help. Don’t expect them to hand the class to you on a silver platter, but it is always fair to ask for guidance.
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