Political Science - BA

This worksheet is a planning tool and enrollment guide for use when you enroll in classes in June prior to attending Summer Springboard.

The purple area identifies the required major related courses and Cluster One GenEd courses to select from for your first semester.

The green area contains courses that are required for your major, but are optional for the first semester. If you do not enroll in the optional courses your first semester, you will do so in a later semester.

Use the GenEd section to identify additional classes to add to your schedule to create a full schedule.

Departmental Recommendations:

  1. Enroll in POSC 225 unless you have AP, IB, CIE or dual enrollment credit. If you have credit for POSC 225, U.S. Government, or are waiting for credit, enroll in ONE of the following courses: POSC 201 or POSC 240.
  2. Enroll in MATH 105 if your Math Placement Exam score requires you to take MATH 105. If you placed into MATH 220, you may take it your first or second semester at JMU. MATH 220 is a prerequisite for the methods course in the major.
  3. This degree has a foreign language requirement. Enroll in a foreign language your first semester. Refer to Module 1 if you need additional information.
  4. Enroll in one course under the Cluster One Critical Thinking OR Human Communications requirement section.
  5. Enroll in additional General Education courses to complete a schedule of 14 - 16 credit hours.

Placement Exams:

Your placement exam scores identify the appropriate course level based upon your current skills.

Math Placement Exam (MPE) Score: You need to know your Math Placement Exam scores to determine your math placement for the 1st-semester or a future semester. After completion of the MPE, enter your scores in the field below so you have this information available if you are required to take a math course your 1st-semester. If a math course is required the 1st-semester, it will be identified in the purple section below. If math is not listed, you will take math in a future semester. The MyMadison system will not allow you to enroll in a course other than your placement recommendation.

Foreign Language Placement Score: You also need to know your JMUFL foreign language placement score to determine the appropriate placement level. . The MyMadison system will not allow you to enroll in a course other than your placement recommendation.


CALC          STAT           JMUFL Score   How to find your placement scores

 

Major Requirement(s) for the 1st Semester

  Course Subject Code / Course Number / Course Name Fulfills

Major Requirement:

Enroll in ONE of the following:

  1. POSC 225, U.S. Government unless you have credit or are waiting for credit results.
  2. If you have credit or are waiting for credit for POSC 225, enroll in POSC 201 OR POSC 240.

Major & Cluster 4 requirement

1st-Semester Math Requirement:

Statistics: If your MPE STAT score is less than 16, enroll in MATH 105 your first semester.

Major requirement

Cluster One Requirement:

Select ONE course from EITHER the Human Communications section OR the Critical Thinking courses for your 1st-semester. You will take a course from the other area in your second semester. The MyMadison system will not allow you to enroll in both a critical thinking and a human communications course in the 1st-semester.

Click here for a list of GenEd course descriptions

 

Human Communications course options:

Critical Thinking course options:

 

Cluster One requirement

Foreign Language Requirement:

 

How to find your JMUFL score

Placement matrix for Spanish, Russian, French, and German

 

    The BA degree has a foreign language requirement. To enroll in a new language you have never studied, enroll in the 101 level of the course. To continue studying in French, German, Russian, or Spanish, enroll based on your JMUFL score. To continue studying in all other languages, enroll in the 231 level of the language. You will confirm or adjust your course level in August when you meet with the coordinator for the language. To determine your placement course for French, German, Russian, or Spanish, see the Placement Matrix. The MyMadison system will not allow you to enroll in a course in which you did not place.

    Foreign Language - 3 credit hours

    To view a course description click on the link above and search for the language in which you are interested.

BA Degree requirement

General Education Courses

Complete the schedule planning process by using the General Education Planner below to identify courses to add to your schedule to create a full schedule of 14 - 16 credit hours. The number of GenEd courses you need to add from the list below is major dependent. Based on the required courses above, some majors will only need to add one GenEd course from the list below while others may need to add three GenEd courses to create a full schedule.

Notes:

Cluster One - Writing: If you do not have AP,IB,CIE or dual enrollment credit for WRTC 103, we encourage you enroll your 1st-semester. If a WRTC 103 course is not available, you will enroll in the following semester.

Cluster Three - Quantitative Reasoning: Math courses are restricted to students in majors that require a math class in the 1st-semester. If your major requires math in the 1st-semester, it will be indicated above in the purple Required area of this worksheet. If a math course is not identified in the purple Required section above, your advisor will discuss your math placement score and math recommendation for your major when you meet in the summer.

Cluster Four - American Experience: This is an area where many students have earned credit through AP, IB, CIE or dual enrollment courses taken in high school. If you are waiting on test or grade results, we recommend you enroll in a GenEd course from a different cluster or cluster area until you receive your results.

Cluster Five - Sociocultural Domain: If you are waiting on test or grade results for Psychology through AP, IB, CIE or dual enrollment courses taken in high school. If you are waiting on test or grade results, we recommend you enroll in a GenEd course from different cluster or cluster area until you receive your results.

Modified GenEd Planner for 1st-Semester Use

Click here for a list of GenEd course descriptions

Cluster One - Skills for the 21st Century

Cluster Four – Social and Cultural Processes

Critical Thinking (C1CT)

See the required section of this worksheet.

Human Communication (C1HC)

See the required section of this worksheet.


You will enroll in either a critical thinking OR human communications course for your 1st-semester.

The American Experience (C4AE) 4 credit hours

This cluster area requirement is fulfilled by a major requirement.

The Global Experience (C4GE) 3 credit hours

This cluster area requirement is fulfilled by a major requirement.

Writing (C1W) 3 credit hours

If you are waiting for test or grade results for writing through AP, IB, CIE or dual enrollment, wait for your results.

  • WRTC 103: Critical Reading and Writing

Cluster Two – Arts and Humanities

Cluster Five – Individuals in the Human Community

Human Questions and Contexts (C2HQC) 3 credit hours

You may enroll in one of these classes, if available.

  • AMST 200: Introduction to American Studies
  • ANTH 205: Buried Cities and Lost Tribes
  • HIST 101: World History to 1500
  • HIST 102: World History since 1500
  • HUM 250: Foundations of Western Culture
  • HUM 251: Modern Perspectives
  • HUM 252: Global Cultures
  • PHIL 101: Intro to Philosophy
  • REL 101: Religions of the World
  • REL 102: God, Meaning and Morality

Visual and Performing Arts (C2VPA) 3 credit hours

You may enroll in one of these classes, if available.

  • ART 200: Art in General Culture
  • ARTH 205: Survey of World Art I: Prehistoric to Renaissance
  • ARTH 206: Survey of World Art II: Renaissance to Modern
  • MUS: 200: Music in General Culture
  • MUS 203: Music in America
  • MUS 206: Introduction to Global Music
  • THEA 210: Introduction to Theatre

Wellness Domain (C5WD) 3 credit hours

You may enroll in one of these classes, if available.

  • HTH 100: Personal Wellness
  • 15-hour physical activity requirement of your choice for the semester.

  • KIN 100: Lifetime Fitness and Wellness
  • Lecture and a specific physical activity per course section. Read the TOPIC section of the class when enrolling to identify the fitness activity. Swim conditioning assumes students can already swim.


Sociocultural Domain (C5SD) 3 credit hours

You may enroll in one of these classes, if available.

  • PSYC 101: General Psychology
  • PSYC 160: Life Span Human Development
  • SOCI 140: Microsociology: The Individual in Society
  • WGS 200: Introduction to Women and Gender Studies

Cluster Three – The Natural World

Quantitative Reasoning (C3T1G1)

If a math course is required for your 1st-semester, it will be indicated above in purple required section. Otherwise, math is not required for your major the 1st-semester.  You will enroll in a math class in a later semester based on your MPE score. Talk with your advisor about your MPE score during your Summer Springboard visit.

 

Physical Principles (C3T1G2) 3 credit hours

You may enroll in one of these classes, if available.

  • ISAT 100: Environmental and Energy Sustainability
  • ISCI 101: Physics, Chemistry and the Human Experience

Natural System (C3T1G3) 3 credit hours unless indicated

You may enroll in one of these classes, if available. 3 cr hrs each unless indicated otherwise.

  • BIO 103: Contemporary Biology
  • GEOL 100 & GEOL 110L: Physical Geology (lab co-requisite) 4 cr hrs
  • GEOL 200: Evolutionary Systems (includes lab) 4 cr hrs
  • GEOL 211: Introduction to Oceanography
  • GEOL 102: Environment: Earth
  • GEOL 115: Earth Systems and Climate Change

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