Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Major in Political Science (Teacher Certification in Social Studies, Grades 7-12: History Minor and Geography Third Field)

Minimum required: 130 semester credit hours

Admission Requirement

  1. All students pursuing teacher certification must apply and be accepted to the Office of Educator Preparation.

General Requirements

  1. The general education core curriculum courses are listed in the degree plan below along with the statewide component code number. See the General Education Core Curriculum section of this catalog for the Texas State requirements and options in the core curriculum, including Honors courses.
  2. In addition to the general education core curriculum requirements, the Bachelor of Arts degree (B.A.) requires three additional hours of English literature, three hours of math/science/logic/computer science courses, six hours of 2000-level modern language courses and a minor.
  3. Nine hours of writing intensive (WI) courses are required for graduation.
  4. Students must complete a minimum of 36 advanced hours (3000 or 4000 level courses).
  5. For transfer students, 12 semester credit hours in government and mathematics (or their equivalents) may be transferred from a Texas public institution of higher education for the Political Science and Government Field of Study and be applied to the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Political Science at Texas State University. More information about the Field of Study is available in the Academic Policies section of this catalog. The transferable Texas Common Course Number (TCCN) is listed below the Texas State University course number in the following course list.

    PS 2304Introduction to Political Science3
    TCCN: GOVT 2304
    POSI 2310Principles of American Government3
    TCCN: GOVT 2306
    POSI 2320Functions of American Government3
    TCCN: GOVT 2305
    Any MATH course coded Mathematics Core Curriculum Component Code 0203
    TCCN: MATH 1342
    Total Hours12
  6. This degree plan is designed to prepare students for secondary teacher certification in the social studies disciplines:  Economics, Geography, Government, and History.  The Social Studies Composite with a Political Science major, History minor, and Geography third field requires the following 30 hours of Political Science courses:
    PS 3300Basic Political Ideas3
    or PS 3301 Basic Political Institutions
    POSI 2310Principles of American Government3
    POSI 2320Functions of American Government3
    One advanced course from four of the five groups12
    PS 4398Practicum in Political Science: Concepts, Resources, and Applications in the Study of Politics 3
    PS Advanced Elective3
    HIST 4300Social Studies Resources and Practices3
    Total Hours30
  7. The minor in History requires the following 21 hours of History courses:  

    HIST 1310History of the United States to 18773
    HIST 1320History of the United States, 1877 to Date3
    HIST 2311History of World Civilization to the 17th Century3
    HIST 2312History of World Civilization from the 17th Century3
    Advanced Group A (World) course3
    Advanced Group B (European) course3
    HIST 3372Texas History: A Survey (Group C, U.S. History)3
    Total Hours21
  8. The third field in Geography requires the following 10 hours of Geography courses:  

    GEO 1309Introduction to Cultural Geography3
    or GEO 1310 World Geography
    GEO 2410Introduction to Physical Geography4
    GEO 3303Economic Geography3
    or GEO 3309 United States and Canada
    Total Hours10
  9. To satisfy graduation requirements for teacher certification, students must have at least a 2.75 Overall GPA. A GPA of at least 2.50 in all assigned courses in the professional sequence with no grade below a “C”.
  10. In addition to the major, minor, and third field requirements, students must also complete 21 hours of professional sequence courses under the College of Education.  All coursework must be completed prior to EDST 4681.
  11. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) requires multiple background checks for progression through the Educator Preparation Program. Based on information recorded in your criminal history, you may be ineligible for issuance of a teaching certificate upon completion of the Educator Preparation Program. If you have a criminal history, you may obtain a Preliminary Criminal History Evaluation from TEA. For more information, go to:

Course Requirements 

First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours 
ENG 1310 (Communication Component Code 010)3ENG 1320 (Communication Component Code 010)3 
US 11001HIST 1310 (American History Component Code 060)3 
POSI 2310 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070)3POSI 2320 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070)3 
Modern Language 14104Modern Language 14204 
Mathematics Component Code 0203PHIL 1305 or 1320 (Language, Philosophy & Culture Component Code 040)3 
 14 16 
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours 
COMM 1310 (Component Area Option Code 090/091)3PS Advanced Group Elective3 
ENG Literature (Component Area Option Code 090/094)3Modern Language 23203 
Modern Language 23103GEO 1309 or 13103 
HIST 1320 (American History Component Code 060)3Life & Physical Sciences Component Code 0303 
PS 3300 or 33013HIST 23113 
 15 15 
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours 
ART 2313, DAN 2313, MU 2313, or TH 2313 (Creative Arts Component Code 050)3PS Advanced Group Electives6 
Life & Physical Sciences Component Code 0303GEO 24104 
HIST 23123HIST Advanced Group A3 
PS Advanced Group Elective3GEO 3303 or 33093 
BA ENG Literature3  
 15 16 
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHoursThird SemesterHours
CI 43323CI 33253EDST 46816
HIST Advanced Group B3PS 43983 
PS Advanced Elective3HIST 43003 
HIST 33723CI 43703 
ECO 2301 or 2314 (Social & Behavioral Sciences Component Code 080)3CI 43433 
 RDG 33233 
 15 18 6
Total Hours: 130

Political Science Advanced Group Electives

PS 3311American Political Thought: From the Colonial Period to Civil War3
PS 4311Ancient and Medieval Political Thought (Greeks to 1600)3
PS 3313Contemporary Political Theory3
PS 4312Modern Political Theory (1600 - 1900)3
PS 3315Quantitative Research in Political Science3
PS 4313The Holocaust3
PS 3314Politics and Personality3
PS 3327The American Founding3
PS 4327Religion and American Public Life3
PS 3322Political Parties and Party Politics3
PS 3323Congress and the Legislative Process3
PS 3324The American Presidency3
PS 3325State and Local Government3
PA 3316Metropolitan Politics3
PA 3351Urban Management and Regional Policy3
PS 3328Politics in Film3
PS 3326Issues and Interest Groups: Power and Pressure in America3
PS 4324Women in Politics3
PS 4323Latina/o Politics3
PS 3321Campaigns and Elections3
PS 4325Texas Politics3
PS 4326Media and Public Opinion3
PS 4321American Foreign Policy3
PA 4362Government, Nonprofit and American Business3
PS 3332Constitutional Law: Basic Structures and Principles3
PS 3333Constitutional Law: Individual Liberties3
PA 3300Introduction to Public and Nonprofit Administration3
PA 3330Public Personnel and Human Resource Administration3
PA 4352Comparative Public Administration 3
PA 3310Public Finance Administration3
PS 4334Legal Theories and Research3
PS 3334Civil Law in American Society3
PS 4333Issues in Law and Public Policy3
PS 3331The Supreme Court and the Judicial Process3
PA 3350Public Policy Process3
PA 3340Administrative Law3
PS 4342Economic Development in Latin America 3
PS 3341Comparative Politics 3
PS 3347Politics of Modern Southeast Asia 3
PS 4331Islamic Law and Politics3
PS 3348Revolution and Nationalism 3
PS 3352Theories of International Politics3
PS 3343Government and Politics of Latin America 3
PS 3344Government and Politics of Europe 3
PS 3345Government and Politics of Russia 3
PS 4346Organization of American States3
PS 4343Politics of Democratization in Developing Countries 3
PS 3346Government and Politics of Asia 3
PS 3342African Politics 3
PS 4344The Politics of Extremism 3
PS 3351Introduction to International Studies 3
PS 4341Civil-Military Relations in Comparative Politics3
PS 3353Issues in World Politics3
PS 3352Theories of International Politics3
PS 4352International Law3
PS 4353International Organizations3
PS 3354United States-Latin America Relations3
PS 4354Politics of International Economic Relations3
PS 4351International Conflict and Security3