Political Science Program

Required Liberal Studies Courses for Secondary Education: Political Science Majors

Division I: Foundations of Communications

  • EN 111 College Composition (4 credits) or
  • EN 109W Intensive College composition (5 credits)
And one of the following courses
  • EN 211 College Composition II (4 cr.)
  • EN 211A Writing and Literature (4 cr.)
  • EN 211B Narrative and Descriptive Writing (4 cr.)
  • EN 211D Technical and Report Writing (4 cr.)
  • EN 211E Critical Thinking and Writing (4 cr.)

Division II: Foundations of Humanities

  • You need a minimum of 6 credits from 2 classes to fulfill this requirement.

Also note that there are many opportunities to fulfill the World Culture requirement in this division.

Division III: Foundations of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

  • *ENV 101 Introduction to Environmental Science (4 cr.)

There is a required laboratory course for all NMU Bachelor’s degree programs. Take one of the following 100 level labs.

  • AS 103 Observational and Solar System Astronomy (4 cr.) (3-0-3)
  • AS 104 Stellar/Galactic Astronomy and Cosmology (4 cr.) (3-0-3)
  • BI 100 Biological Science (4 cr.) (3-0-2)
  • BI 104 Human Anatomy and Physiology (4 cr.) (3-0-2)
  • BI 111 Introductory Biology: Principles (4 cr.) (3-0-2)
  • BI 112 Introductory Biology: Diversity (4 cr.) (3-0-2)
  • CH 105 Chemical Principles (4 cr.) (3-0-2)
  • CH 107 Introductory Chemistry I (4 cr.) (3-1-2)
  • CH 108 Introductory Chemistry II (4 cr.) (3-1-2)
  • CH 109 Introductory Organic and Biochemistry for the Health Sciences (4 cr.) (3-1-2)
  • CH 111 General Chemistry I (5 cr.) (3-1-3)
  • PY 100L Psychology as a Natural Science with Laboratory (4 cr.) (3-0-2)

Division IV: Foundations of Social Sciences

  • *PS 101 Introduction to Political Science (4 cr.) and
  • *PS 105 American Government (4 cr.)

Division V: Communications Studies

  • Three credits of either a foreign language or computer science class is required

Division VI: Foundations of Visual and Preforming Arts

  • Three credits of an art, film, or theatre class is required

Health Promotion Credits

  • HP 200 Physical Well Being and
  • A HP activity course of your choosing most are 1 or 2 credits


*Being a student at NMU, you can “double dip” classes. By taking classes in this format, you satisfy this division, as well as credits towards your major

PLEASE NOTE: At least three credits must be from an “upper level” (300 or 400) course.

For a full list of all courses that satisfy Liberal Studies requirements, please reference the Undergraduate Bulletin.

Also, a teachable minor is required


Other Require Courses for Secondary Education: Political Science Majors

Please Note that the following courses listed are all the required courses for this major outside of the education courses. The mixture of classes that you will take outside of Liberal Studies will vary depending on which classes you take to fulfill Liberal Studies

Political Science Core 32
PS 101 Introduction to Political Science 4
PS 105 American Government 4
PS 203 Comparative Government and Politics 4
PS 206 International Relations 4
PS 303 Public Opinion and Voting Behavior or PS 406 Legislative Politics 4
PS 309 State and Local Government 4
PS 431 Civil Rights and Liberties 4
Political Science Electives 4
Other Required Courses 8
EC 101 Introduction to Economics 4
ENV 101 Introduction to Environmental Science 4


Required Education Courses for Secondary Education Majors

ED 201 Introduction to Education 2
ED 231 Teaching for Learning in the Secondary Classroom 4
ED 301 Dimensions of American Education 2
ED 319 Teaching of Reading for Secondary Teachers 3
ED 349 Teaching for Diversity, Equity and Social Justice in the Secondary School Community 2
HS 350 Methods and Materials in Teaching Social Studies Education 4
ED 361 Special Education and the General Classroom Teacher 2
ED 483 Educational Media Technology 2
ED 430 Teaching in the Secondary School 11
ED 450 Seminar in Teaching 1


Other Required Courses for Secondary Education: Political Science Minors

Please Note that the following courses listed are all the required courses for this minor outside of the education courses. The mixture of classes that you will take outside of Liberal Studies will vary depending on which classes you take to fulfill Liberal Studies

Total Credits Required for Minor 20-32
PS 101 Introduction to Political Science* 4
PS 105 American Government 4
PS 203 Comparative Government and Politics 4
PS 206 International Relations 4
PS 309 State and Local Government 4
PS 350 Methods and Materials in Teaching Social Studies Education** 4
EC 101 Introduction to Economics*** 4
ENV 101 Introduction to Environmental Science**** 4

*Subject to waiver with adviser’s approval.
**Not required if major is economics education, geography education, history education or social studies education.
***Not required if economic education major or minor.
****Not required if geography education major or minor.