Political Science Pre-major

Department Chair: George Lungu, 847-376-7136, lungu@oakton.edu

The following pre-major is recommended for students who are considering completing a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science after transferring to a four-year institution. It is designed for students who have not decided upon a specific four-year college or university. Once a transfer school is selected, students are strongly encouraged to consult the Office of Advising, Transitions, and Student Success and the transfer institution’s catalog to select courses that will meet both Oakton and transfer institution requirements.

For more information on course selection or program-specific advising, contact the department chair. Part time students should also consult the Office of Advising, Transitions, and Student Success for part-time pre-major recommendations. General Education courses should be selected from the list of IAI General Education Courses

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Semester OneHours
PSC 101 American Government 3
EGL 101 Composition I 3
EAS 105
Introduction To Weather And Climate
or Physical Geography
3
Select one of the following: 3
United States History To 1877  
United States History from 1877  
Western Civilization To 1650  
Western Civilization Since 1650  
History Of Contemporary Non-Western Civilizations  
or other Social and Behavioral Sciences course
 
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies 1  
World Religions 1  
World Mythologies 1  
Introduction to Global Literature 1  
Introduction to African-American Literature 2  
 Hours15
Semester Two
PSC 103 Introduction To Political Science 3
EGL 102 Composition II 3
Select one of the following: 4
General Education Mathematics  
Elementary Statistics  
Calculus For Business And Social Science  
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology 1  
Principles of Macroeconomics  
Principles of Microeconomics  
World Regional Geography 1  
Cultural Geography 1  
or other Social and Behavioral Sciences course
 
Select one of the following: 3
Western Culture and the Arts: Beginnings through the Middle Ages  
Western Culture and the Arts: Renaissance through the 20th Century  
Art History: Art of the Non-Western World 1  
Global Cinema 1  
Introduction to World Music 1  
or other Fine Arts course
 
 Hours16
Second Year
Semester One
PSC 202 International Relations 1 3
SPE 103 Effective Speech 3
Select one of the following (must be a lab course): 4
Introduction to Life Science  
Introduction to Environmental Science 1  
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction To Literature  
Logic  
Ethics  
Introduction To Philosophy  
Music Literature And History  
or other Humanities/Fine Arts course
 
Choose one Humanities/Fine Arts course that may also satisfy Global Studies and/or U.S. Diversity requirements (Modern Language 2021 or higher recommended) 3
 Hours16
Semester Two
PSC 201 Comparative Government 1 3
Select one of the following: 3
Social Psychology 2  
Business Law I  
Introduction To Sociology 2  
Social Problems 3  
Sociology of Race and Ethnicity 2  
Introduction to Native American Literature 3  
or other U.S. Diversity Studies course
 
Select one of the following: 3
History of South Asia II 1  
History of Modern Africa 1  
History of Modern China 1  
History Of The Islamic Middle East In Modern Times 1  
History of Modern Latin America 1  
or other Social and Behavioral Sciences course
 
Select two Social and Behavioral Sciences courses 6
 Hours15
 Total Hours62

Note: Pre-major is a recommended sequence and selection of courses. See Associate in Arts (A.A.) page for degree requirements.