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Majors and More

Majors and More

Political Science

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science Certification as Secondary School Teacher for Social Studies

Students desiring Certification as teachers of social studies should consult with the social studies teacher certification adviser and the College of Education section of the catalog for specific requirements for admission to the Teacher Education Program.

The Teacher Education Professional Education Sequence is undergoing significant change. At the time of this publication, the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education is reviewing these changes. Please see your academic advisor or Student Services Director for updated course information.

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science Certification as Secondary School Teacher for Social Studies 

General Education Courses

 

Semester Hours

ACAD 101 Principles of the Learning Academy

1

Critical Skills    
Writing and Critical Thinking  
WRIT 101 Composition

3

CRTW 201 Critical Reading, Thinking, & Writing

3

Quantitative Skills    
MATH 105 or 150 or 151 or 201

3

Logic/Language/Semiotics  
Foreign Language At the 102 level

3-4

  See approved list,

3

Oral Communication May be met in major

0-3

Technology Met in major with EDUC 305

0

Skills for a Common Experience and Thinking Across Disciplines  
HMXP 102 The Human Experience: Who Am I?

3

Global Perspectives Met in major GEOG 101

0

Historical Perspective Met in major with HIST

0

Developing Critical Skills/Applying them to Disciplines  
Natural Science See approved list,; one must be a lab science

7

Social Science Met in major with PLSC 201 and ECON 215 & 216

0

Humanities and Arts 3 hours met in major; remaining 3 from second designator; See approved list,

0-3

Intensive Writing See approved list; may be met in major

0-3

Constitution Requirement Met in major by PLSC 201

0

Requirements in Major  

57-63

PLSC 201 American Government

3

 
PLSC 350 Scope and Methods

3

 
PLSC 490 or PLSC 450H or HONR 450H Senior Capstone in Political Science, Honors: Selected Topics, Thesis Research

3

 
 
 
ECON 215 Principles of Microeconomics

3

 
ECON 216 Principles of Macroeconomics

3

 
GEOG 101 Human Geography

3

 
The Geography of World Regions, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean

3

 
 
 
HIST 211 United States History to 1877

3

 
HIST 212 United States History since 1877

3

 
2 of HIST 111, HIST 112, HIST 113 World Civilizations to 950, from 950 - 1750, since 1750

6

 
 
 
SOCL 101 or 201 Social Problems and Social Policy; Principles of Sociology

3

 
 
American Government   3
Select one course from  

3

PLSC 202 State and Local Government

3

 
PLSC 305 The National Executive

3

 
PLSC 306 Congress

3

 
PLSC 307 American Parties and Practical Politics

3

 
PLSC 310 The Judiciary

3

 
PLSC 311 Constitutional Law: Federalism and Institutions

3

 
PLSC 312 Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

3

 
PLSC 313 Public Opinion and Political Participation

3

 
PLSC 314 Media and Politics

3

 
PLSC 371 Women and Politics in the U S

3

 
PLSC 518 Politics of the American South

3

 
Comparative Government and International Relations 3
Select one course from

3

PLSC 205 International Politics

3

 
PLSC 207 Comparative Politics

3

 
PLSC 260 The United Nations

3

 
PLSC 332 Government and Politics of Asia

3

 
PLSC 335 Government and Politics of Latin America

3

 
PLSC 336 Post Soviet Politics and Society: Inside the Enigma

3

 
PLSC 337 Women and Global Politics

3

 
PLSC 338 Government and Politics of Africa

3

 
PLSC 345 European Politics

3

 
PLSC 505 Government and Politics of Modern China

3

 
PLSC 506 International Political Economy

3

 
Political Theory   3
Select one course from

3

PLSC 351 Ancient and Medieval Political Thought

3

 
PLSC 352 Modern and Contemporary Political Thought

3

 
PLSC 355 Political Ideologies

3

 
PLSC 356 American Political Thought

3

 
PLSC 551 African-American Political Thought

3

 
PLSC 553 Feminist Theory

3

 
Public Administration   3
Select one course from

 

PLSC 317 African American Politcs and Policy

3

PLSC 319 Race and Ethnic Politics

3

PLSC 321 Public Policy and Policy Anlys

3

PLSC 323 Public Administration

3

PLSC 324 Health Politics and Policy

3

PLSC 325 Environmental Politics

3

PLSC 504 American Foreign Policy

3

PLSC 508 National Security Policy

3

PLSC 512 Education Politics and Policy

3

PLSC 515 Urban Politics and Policy

3

Experiential Learning Requirement

 

  Met in major with EDUC 402

0

 
PLSC electives  

9-15

Professional Education Sequence 36%
EDUC 101 Observation and Analysis

1

EDUC 200 Developmental Sci and Poverty

3

EDUC 401 Internship: Contextual Factors

1

EDUC 402 Internshp: Assess and Instruct

9

EDUC 410 Education in a Democracy

2

EDCO 201 Literacy and the Eng Lang Learnr

2

EDCO 202 Disabilities in Gen Ed

2

EDCO 203 Support the Gifted Student

1

EDUC 220 Assessment and Diverse Needs

2

EDCO 305 Tech in the Classroom

2

EDCO 306 Inclusive Classroom

2

EDCO 350 Examining Classrm Climate

1

EDCO 351 Est Positive Classrm Climate

1

SCST 390 Princ Teaching Soc Studies I

3

SCST 391 Principles of Teaching Social Studies II

3

 
SCST 392 Field Experience in Teaching Social Studies

1

 
Foreign Language Requirement

0-4

General Electives  

2-5

Total  

124-140


Note: Students are limited to a total of nine hours in the major in PLSC 450H, 471, 472, 473, 498, 501, 502, and 503 combined.

†This requirement may be met by a satisfactory score on a recognized examination or by passing any foreign language course numbered 102 or any course with 102 as a prerequisite. A maximum of one course may be counted in the Logic/Language/Semiotics Area.

%A grade of C or better is required and may not be taken on the S/U basis (except for EDUC 402).  Note that field hours will be required for EDUC 200, EDCO 201, 202, 203, 305, 306, 351, EDUC 401, 402, and 410. EDUC 401 and 402 follow the K-12 public school calendar.

In addition to the requirements for their major, students must meet requirements for the Teacher Education Pro­gram, which include the requirements for Admission to Teacher Education, Entry to the Professional Stage, and Program Completion. For information on these requirements, consult the Student Academic Services in the College of Education.

Passage of the PRAXIS II Series content area examinations is required prior to entry into the professional stage for all candidates in the teacher education program.  For the most current PRAXIS information required for test(s) in your content area, visit the South Carolina Department of Education website.
 
The student must attain a cumulative grade-point average of 2.75 or better in courses taken at Winthrop and a minimum of a 2.0 in the 57-63 semester hours of the required program. The student must complete a minimum of 12 semester hours of PLSC courses in residence at Winthrop University.

For additional degree requirements, please visit the Degree Requirements page.

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