Example Course Plan
Political Science Course Plan – The First Three Semesters
This is an example course plan based on the 2020–2021 University Catalog. Your actual
schedule may deviate from this example. Your faculty advisor will work with you to
select appropriate courses.
As an IWU student, it is your responsibility to track your progress each semester
towards completing graduation requirements using the MyIWU degree evaluation tool.
Students interested in studying abroad may do so in any semester. However, depending
on the program, students typically study abroad once they have reached the second
semester of their sophomore year.
AP credit in U.S. government qualifies students to replace the PSCI 101 requirement
with an elective of their choice among the remaining American politics courses.
AP credit in comparative politics qualifies students to replace the PSCI 103 requirement
with an elective of their choice among the remaining comparative politics courses.
Students who, despite their AP score, feel uncertain about their knowledge base in
these fields are encouraged to select PSCI 101 or 103. In the latter case, the AP
credit will count as an elective in the overall 32 course/unit requirement.
Taking PSCI 392
Students are strongly encouraged to take PSCI 392 in their sophomore year. (Note that this course is offered only
in the fall semester.)