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.

Year 1
Year 2
Study Abroad

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

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.)