Political Science - Bachelor of Arts


Students must complete all University degree requirements, which include: General Education requirements, Viewing a Wider World requirements, and elective credits to total at least 120 credits with 48 credits in courses numbered 300 or above. Developmental coursework will not count towards the degree requirements and/or elective credits, but may be needed in order to take the necessary English and Mathematics coursework.

Prefix Title Credits
General Education
Area I: Communications10
English Composition - Level 1 1
English Composition - Level 2 1
Oral Communication 1
Area II: Mathematics 1,23-4
Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences and Social/Behavioral Sciences11
American National Government3
Introduction to Political Science3
Citizen and State Great Political Issues
Area III: Laboratory Sciences Course (4 credits) 1
Area V: Humanities 13
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts 13
General Education Elective 13-4
Viewing A Wider World 46
Departmental/College Requirements
The department requires (POLS 1120G) and (POLS 1110G or HNRS 2180G) as degree requirements. These courses will count towards the General Education and Departmental requirements 3
POLS 1111Introductory Government Seminar 31
POLS 300Political Research Skills3
Another social science research methods course 5
Select one upper-division course from four of six subfields:12
Public Administration and Policy (POLS 20/30 series)
American Government and Politics (POLS 40/50 series)
International Relations (POLS 60 series, may include HNRS 304V)
Comparative Politics (POLS 70 series may include HNRS 307V)
Political Theory POLS 80 series may include POLS 380V)
Public Law (POLS 90 series)
POLS 415Senior Seminar (take in final year)2
Select additional credits in government to bring total credits in major to 33, including 20 upper-division.9
Second Language: (required - see below)0-14
Electives, to bring the total credits to 120 638-54
Total Credits120

See the General Education section of the catalog for a full list of courses


A Mathematics course is required for the degree but students may need to take any prerequisites needed to enter the Mathematics course of their course first.


Majors should complete these lower level requirements before registering for upper-division government credits. 


See the Viewing a Wider World section of the catalog for a full list of courses


A list of approved options is available in the department office.


Elective credit may vary based on General Education course selection, second language requirements, prerequisites, dual credit, AP credit, double majors, and/or minor coursework. The amount indicated in the requirements list is the amount needed to bring the total to 120 credits and may appear in variable form based on the degree. However students may end up needing to complete more or less on a case-by-case basis and students should discuss elective requirements with their advisor.

Note: Students may not count S/U grades taken in their major unless the particular course is regularly graded S/U. All courses must be passed with grades of C- or better. In addition, while research methods courses taken outside of the department may count toward the methods requirement, only POLS 300 Political Research Skills counts toward the 33 credits in the major.

Up to twelve hours of internship credit are available. However, only three hours count toward the major. Internship guidelines are available in the department office and on the Government Department web page, http://deptofgov.nmsu.edu/.

Second Language Requirement

For the Bachelor of Arts in Government there is a two year second language requirement, the options to complete this requirement are listed below. The number of credits that a student needs to take may vary depending on what level they come in with. Please speak with an advisor for more information as to which courses you will need to take to fulfill the second language requirement for this degree.

Option 1:

Prefix Title Credits
Complete one of the following sequences:
FREN 1110
FREN 1120
FREN 2110
FREN 2120
French I
and French II
and French III
and French IV
GRMN 1110
GRMN 1120
GRMN 2110
GRMN 2120
German I
and German II
and German III
and German IV
JAPN 1110
JAPN 1120
JAPN 2110
JAPN 2120
Japanese I
and Japanese II
and Japanese III
and Japanese IV
SPAN 1110
SPAN 1120
SPAN 2110
SPAN 2120
Spanish I
and Spanish II
and Spanish III
and Spanish IV
PORT 1110
PORT 1120
Portuguese I
and Portuguese II
For Heritage Speakers:
SPAN 1210
SPAN 1220
SPAN 2210
Elementary Spanish for Heritage Learners I
and Spanish for Heritage Learners II
and Spanish for Heritage Learners III

Option 2:

Prefix Title Credits
Complete the following sequence for American Sign Language (with a C- or better):
SIGN 1110American Sign Language I3
SIGN 1120American Sign Language II3
SIGN 2110American Sign Language III3

Option 3:

Prefix Title Credits
Challenge the 2120 level for the following courses:
Challenge the 1120/2210 level for the following courses:
PORT 1120Portuguese II3
or SPAN 2210 Spanish for Heritage Learners III

Option 4:

Pass a three-credit, upper-division course (numbered 300 or above) taught in a second language by the department of Languages and Linguistics.

Option 5:

Obtain college certification of completion of three years of a second language at the high school level with a grade of C- or higher in the second-year level.

Option 6:

By obtaining certification of a working knowledge of a Native American language from the American Indian program director.

Option 7:

By obtaining, from the head of the Department of Languages and Linguistics, certification of a working knowledge of a second language if such language is not taught at NMSU.

Option 8:

In the case of a foreign student who is required to take the TOEFL exam admission, the dean will automatically waive the second language requirement.

A Suggested Plan of Study for Students

This roadmap assumes student  placement in MATH 1130G Survey of Mathematics and ENGL 1110G Composition I . The contents and order of this roadmap may vary depending on initial student placement in mathematics and English. It is only a suggested plan of study for students and is not intended as a contract. Course availability may vary from fall to spring semester and may be subject to modification or change.

Plan of Study Grid
ENGL 1110G Composition I 1 4
MATH 1130G Survey of Mathematics 1 3
Choose from one of the following: 3
American National Government
Introduction to Political Science
FYEX 1112 The Freshman Year Experience 3
Area V: Humanities Course 2 3
Choose from one of the following: 3
Introduction to Communication
Introduction to Communication Honors
Effective Leadership and Communication in Agriculture
Choose from one of the following: 3
Introduction to Political Science
American National Government
POLS 1111 Introductory Government Seminar 1
Area III: Laboratory Science Course 2 4
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts Course 2 3
Choose from one of the following: 3
Professional and Technical Communication Honors
Writing in the Humanities and Social Science
POLS Series Elective Courses 6
First Course in Second Language Series (or Elective) 3-4
Next Course in Second Language Series (or Elective) 3-4
General Education Elective Course 3
POLS 300 Political Research Skills 3
Elective Courses 9
Next Courses in Second Language Series (or Elective) 6
VWW: Viewing a Wider World Courses 3 6
POLS Series Elective Courses 6
POLS Elective Course 3
Upper-Division Elective Course 3
Elective Courses 6
POLS 415 Senior Seminar (Spring Only) 2
POLS Upper-Division Elective Courses 6
Upper-Division Elective Courses 18
Elective Course 4
 Total Credits120-122

These courses may have prerequisites and/or co-requisites, and it is the students responsibility for checking and fulfilling all those requirements.


See the General Education section of the catalog for a full list of courses.


See the Viewing a Wider World section of the catalog for a full list of courses.