Aug 14, 2022
Revised Program, effective Fall 2015
This curriculum (which counts as a combined major and minor) provides students with an opportunity to develop an understanding of both area and global issues. It is intended to prepare students for participation in a global society, including work with government, business and non-government organizations. It is intended for students who are interested in diplomacy, international affairs and international service.
There are two tracks within this curriculum: General Track does not have a world language requirement and is directed to students who either already possess an adequate level of foreign language proficiency or who anticipate employment in which such proficiency is not expected. This curriculum requires 54 hours. World Language Track includes a foreign language requirement and is strongly recommended for individuals who are seeking work outside the United States or work in which some familiarity with foreign language may be an asset, such as the foreign service. This curriculum requires 49-53 credit hours.
Political Science - College of Arts & Sciences
Contact department for advisor information.
Major Requirements: 49-54 hours
Required Courses: 12 hours
Comparative Politics Courses: 9 hours
Three courses from the following:
International Politics Courses: 6 hours
Two courses from the following:
Track: 19-24 hours
Choose one of the following tracks:
General Track: 24 hours
Students will select courses from at least two disciplines from the list of approved electives (See below) in history, economics, anthropology, geography, African American Studies, or world languages. If a world language is selected, students will consult with a world languages advisor to select an appropriate sequence of classes.
Language Track: 19-23 hours
Students will take an appropriate sequence of four courses in a foreign language - French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Arabic or Russian - and will select four courses from two disciplines from the approved list of electives (see below) in history, economics, anthropology and geography.
Capstone: 3 hours
Students may select one of the following options:
Approved Elective Courses:
This program does not require a minor.
Students must earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level or above.
Critical Graduation Information:
Each undergraduate student will be responsible for the fulfillment of the requirements or their equivalents of the Eastern Michigan University catalog in force at the time of their initial registration at a college or university or a subsequent catalog including the one in effect at the time of their graduation.
In the event an undergraduate student does not complete the degree requirements within seven years of the date of their original registration at a college or university, the student may be required to have their credits re-evaluated by the academic department(s) of their major/minor in keeping with catalog requirements in force during the year of their graduation.
The following are minimum requirements for all bachelor’s degrees awarded by Eastern Michigan University. Some majors and minors require more than the minimum in one or more of the areas below; students are urged to consult the online catalog for the requirements of their particular programs.
- Earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level and above. Courses with numbers below 100 will not be counted toward this degree requirement. At most 8 credit hours of physical education (PEGN) activity courses will be counted toward this requirement. A Bachelor of Arts degree requires completion of one year of college credit in a world language.
- Meet the requirements of the General Education program (see information below).
- Complete a Writing Intensive (WI) Course in your major.
- Earn a minimum of 60 credits from a four-year college or university; courses taken at community colleges cannot be used to meet this requirement. (Some formal program-to-program articulation agreements modify this requirement. See specific agreements for details.)
- Earn a minimum of 30 credits from courses taken at EMU.
- Complete 10 of the last 30 hours for the degree from courses taken at EMU.
- Have a minimum of 30 unique credit hours in their major and 20 unique credit hours in their minor for a total of at least 50 unique credit hours between them. Some majors that require 50 or more hours themselves do not require a minor; students should check requirements of the selected major in the undergraduate catalog to see if a minor is required.
- Earn no more than 60 credit hours in one subject area (prefix). Credits in excess of the 60 maximum will not be counted toward the minimum of 124 credits required for a bachelor’s degree.
- Earn the minimum number of credits in 300-level and above courses in each major and minor as specified below - these credits must be earned in distinct courses; that is, no course can be used to fulfill this requirement in more than one major or minor.
- Earn a minimum of 6 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each minor
- Earn a minimum of 9 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that requires a minor.
- Earn a minimum of 15 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that does not require a minor
- Transfer credit will be awarded for courses taken at colleges and universities that are accredited by one of the recognized regional accrediting bodies only if the courses are college-level (equated to 100-level or above at EMU) and the student earned a “C” (or 2.0 on a 4 point scale) or better. Transfer credit may be awarded on a case-by-case basis for college-level courses in which a “C” (2.0) or better was earned at institutions outside the U.S. or at non-accredited U.S. institutions; the internal review of such courses is conducted by individual departments/schools within EMU, and additional documentation may be required. Please note: EMU awards only credits for transferred courses; grades are not used in the calculation of an EMU GPA.
- Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in courses taken at EMU in order to graduate. In addition, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 must be reached in each major and minor. Only courses taken at EMU and those applied to a student’s major or minor, will be used in the calculation of their major and minor cumulative GPAs. (Note: some programs may require a higher GPA - check with your program advisor.)
General Education Requirements:
EMU’s General Education Program requires students to choose from a menu of approved courses in several different areas; do not assume that other courses in the same department or with similar names will fulfill these requirements. Please see General Education for a detailed description of requirements.
Students who transferred to EMU may have modified general education requirements based on Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) or articulation agreements; consult your academic advisor for additional information.