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General Education Core

Political Science Major

B.A. and B.S. Degree Requirements

General Education Program

ETSU's general education requirements are described below.  These requirements apply to all undergraduate students pursuing a baccalaureate degree.  Many majors and degree programs require students to take specific courses to fulfill general education requirements.  Students should consult the catalog and their advisors regarding specific general education requirements applicable to their majors and degree programs.

9 credits, consisting of 6 credits of written composition and 3 credits of oral communication.

Written Composition.  Complete both of the following:

ENGL 1010 Critical Reading and Expository Writing 3 credits
ENGL 1020 Critical Thinking and Argumentation 3 credits

NOTE: Students eligible to enroll in ENGL 1010 must do so during their first term at ETSU.  Students who take Developmental Studies Writing (DSPW) courses should enroll in ENGL 1010 the next term after completing DSPW 0800.

Oral Communication.  Complete one of the following:

SPCH 1300 General Speech 3 credits
SPCH 2300 Public Speaking 3 credits
SPCH 2320 Argumentation and Debate 3 credits

NOTE: When one of the oral communication courses listed above is completed to meet the general education core requirement, that course will not count toward ETSU's oral communication-intensive requirement.  (See "Other Graduation Requirements," below).  Any additional course from this list that is complete will count toward the oral communication-intensive requirement.

9 credits, consisting of 3 credits of literature, 3 credits of fine arts, and 3 credits of humanities electives.

Literature.  Complete one of the following:

ENGL 2030 Literary Heritage 3 credits
ENGL 2110 American Literature I 3 credits
ENGL 2120 American Literature II 3 credits
ENGL 2210 British Literature I 3 credits
ENGL 2220 British Literature II 3 credits
ENGL 2330 World Literature 3 credits
ENGL 2430 European Literature 3 credits

Fine Arts.  Complete one of the following:

ARTH 2010 Art History Survey I 3 credits
ARTH 2020 Art History Survey II 3 credits
HUMT 2310 Arts and Ideas I 3 credits
HUMT 2320 Arts and Ideas II 3 credits
MUSC 1030 Introduction to Music 3 credits
MUSC 1035 History of Jazz 3 credits
DANC 3500 Dance as Human Experience 3 credits
THEA 1030 Introduction to Theatre 3 credits

Humanities Electives.  Complete one of the following:

ENGL 3150 Literature, Ethics and Values 3 credits
ENGL 3280 Mythology 3 credits
ENTC 3020 Technology and Society 3 credits
HIST 1110 World History and Civilization to 1500 3 credits
HIST 1120 World History and Civilization since 1500 3 credits
PHIL 1030 Introduction to Philosophy 3 credits
PHIL 2020 Introduction to Ethics 3 credits
PHIL 2040 Philosophy as Conversation 3 credits
RELI 2210 Introduction to Study of Religion 3 credits
PHIL 2640 Science and the Modern World 3 credits

6 credits, consisting of two of the following:

ANTH 1240 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 3 credits
ECON 1050 Economics and Society or  
ECON 2210 Principles of Economics I 3 credits
GEOG 1012 Introduction to Cultural Geography 3 credits
HDAL 2310 Developmental Lifespan Psychology 3 credits
PSCI 1110 Political Life 3 credits
PSCI 1120 Introduction to American Government 3 credits
PSYC 1310 Introduction to Psychology 3 credits
SOCI 1020 Introduction to Sociology 3 credits
SOCI 2020 Social Problems 3 credits
SRVL 1020 Introduction to Service-Learning 3 credits
WMST 2010 Introduction to Women's Studies 3 credits

NOTE: Students may count either ECON 1050 or ECON 2210 toward the Social and Behavioral requirements, but not both.

6 credits, consisting of both of the following:

HIST 2010 The United States to 1877 3 credits
HIST 2020 The United States since 1877 3 credits

NOTE: HIST 2030 History of Tennessee (3 credits) may be substituted for 3 credits of United States History.

8 credits, consisting of two of the following (required labs are shown with the lecture numbers)

ASTR 1010 Astronomy I 4 credits
ASTR 1020 Astronomy II 4 credits
ASTR 1035 Life in the Universe 4 credits
BIOL 1110/11 Biology for Science Majors I 4 credits
BIOL 1120/21 Biology for Science Majors II 4 credits
BIOL 1130/31 Biology for Science Majors III 4 credits
CHEM 1110/11 General Chemistry I 4 credits
CHEM 1120/21 General Chemistry II 4 credits
GEOG 1110 Earth Science: Weather and Climate 4 credits
GEOG 1120 Earth Science: Landforms and Processes 4 credits
GEOL 1040 Physical Geology 4 credits
GEOL 1120 Historical Geology 4 credits
HSCI 2010/11 Anatomy and Physiology I 4 credits
HSCI 2020/21 Anatomy and Physiology II 4 credits
PHYS 2010/00 General Physics I - Non-Calculus 4 credits
PHYS 2020/21 General Physics II - Non-Calculus 4 credits
PHYS 2110 Technical Physics I - Calculus Based 5 credits
PHYS 2120 Technical Physics II - Calculus Based 5 credits

Open to nonscience majors only:

BIOL 101/11 Biology for Non-majors I 4 credits
BIOL 1020/21 Biology for Non-majors II 4 credits
CHEM 1000 Chemistry and Well Being 4 credits
CHEM 1030 Introduction to Chemistry Survey 4 credits
PHYS 1030 Introduction to Physics Survey 4 credits

3-4 credits, consisting of one of the following:

MATH 1530 Probability and Statistics-Non-Calculus 3 credits
MATH 1840 Analytic Geometry and Differential Calculus 3 credits
MATH 1910 Calculus I 4 credits

NOTE: Students eligible to enroll in one of these math courses must do so during their first calendar year of enrollment or prior to accumulating 33 semester credits at ETSU.  Students who take Developmental Studies Math (DSPM) courses should complete the general education math requirement after completing DSPM courses and must do so in the next calendar year or prior to accumulating 33 more semester credits at ETSU.

Transferring General Education Courses within the Tennessee Board of Regents System

All institutions in the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) System share a common general education core curriculum of forty-one (41) semester credits for baccalaureate degrees and the Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees.  ETSU courses that fulfill the general education requirements are listed above.  List of courses fulfilling general education requirements at other TBR institutions are available at

Although the courses TBR institutions designate to fulfill general education requirements vary, transfer of these courses among TBR institutions is assured as follows:
  • Students who wish to earn baccalaureate degrees at Tennessee Board of Regents institutions must take six credits of United States History (of which three credits may be replaced by Tennessee History), as mandated by Tennessee law.  Students who plan to transfer to University of Tennessee System universities or out-of-state or private universities should check requirements at those schools and take the appropriate courses.
  • Upon completion of an A.A. or A.S. degree at a TBR institution, including completion of the U.S. History requirement mandated by state law, general education core requirements will be complete and all TBR institutions will recognize completions of these requirements in the transfer process.
  • If an A.A or A.S is not obtained or if a student is pursuing a baccalaureate degree at a TBR university, transfer of completed general education requirements will be based upon completion of subject blocks.  When a student completes a subject category requirement (e.g. if all eight credits in the category of Natural Sciences are complete).  completion of that block will be recognized by all TBR institutions.  When a student has taken courses that fulfill only part of the subject block requirement, the application of transferred courses to the receiving institution's general education requirements will be evaluated on a course-by-course basis.
  • Some institutions or particular academic departments within institutions require a minimum grade of 'C' in certain general education courses.  These minimum grade requirements will also apply to the transfer of general education courses.  Even if transfer credit hours are granted for a course hours are granted for a course, any requirement for a minimum grade of 'C' by the receiving institution will be enforced.
  • Certain majors require students to take particular courses to fulfill general education requirements.  Students and their academic advisors should note any major-specific stipulations regarding fulfillment of general education requirements.

Students must meet proficiency-intensive requirements through courses taken at ETSU.  Faculty committees at ETSU review and monitor all proficiency-intensive courses to make sure they meet several criteria.  Because courses from other institutions cannot be evaluated and monitored in this way, transfer courses do not satisfy ETSU's proficiency-intensive requirements.

Oral Communication-Intensive Courses 
Students must complete a minimum of two oral communication-intensive (OCI) courses.  At least one of these courses must be in the student's major or minor.*

Using Information Technology-Intensive Courses
Students must complete a minimum of one using information technology-intensive (UIT) course in the student's major or minor.*

Writing-Intensive Courses
Students must complete a minimum of four writing-intensive (WI) courses.  At least two of these courses must be in the student's major or minor.*  At least two of the four courses must be at the 3000-4000 level.

* (NOTE:  Any course taken in the department in which a student is majoring counts as in the major.  If a student changes majors, proficiency-intensive courses in the old major still count as in the major).

Reduced Proficiency-Intensive Requirements
The following categories of students are required to take one oral communication- intensive course, one using information technology-intensive course, and two writing-intensive courses:

  • transfer students with associate degrees or who complete such degrees after entering ETSU;
  • transfer students with 50 or more transferable semester credits upon entering ETSU; and
  • transferable students who earned at least 50 credits at ETSU before 1995 or who re-enter ETSU with at least 50 transferable semester credits or who have a combination of at least 50 credits in both categories upon first re-entry to the university.


Requirement for a Political Science Major

PSCI 1110 Political Life 3 hours
PSCI 1120 Introduction to American Government 3 hours
PSCI 2210 Introduction to Comparative Politics
3 hours
PSCI 2220 Introduction to World Politics 3 hours
PSCI 3440 Research Methods 3 hours

* Prerequisites: Math 1530

ONE course at or above the 3000 level in each of the five sub-fields.  All are 3 hours courses.

  • American Politics (AP)
  • Comparative Politics (CP)
  • International Relations (IR)
  • Political Theory (PT)
  • Public Law (PL)

THREE courses to be selected freely from the Political Science curriculum.  9 hours.

Total Hours for the Major: 36

Academic Proficiency Requirements:

Writing Intensive: (4 hours) Two from core and two from the major at the 3000-4000 level

  • ___ PSCI
  • ___ PSCI
  • _______
  • _______

Oral Intensive: (2 courses) One course must be from the major

  • ___ PSCI
  • _______

Information Technology: (2 courses) One course must be from the major

  • PSCI 3440
  • _______

College of Arts and Sciences B.A and B.S Degree Requirements

Students majoring in the College of Arts and Sciences must meet the following requirements for the B.A., B.S., or the B.S.with a social or behavioral sciences concentration.  Some of these requirements are in addition to the General Education Core, whereas others specify which courses within the General Education Core must be taken.

  Bachelor of Arts Bachelor of Science Bachelor of Science
Concentration for Social and
Behavioral Sciences

Note*  The Concentration for the Social and Behavioral Sciences degree will no longer be available after Fall 2010.
Completion of a foreign language course numbered 2020 or above with a grade of C- or better * **   none   none
3 credit hours   none   none
Mathematics Specified General Education Core:
MATH 1530 or MATH 1910


Specified General Education Core:  MATH 1530 or MATH 1910, MATH 1910: Two years of high
school algebra, one year of
plane geometry and trigonometry, or MATH 1720

Specified General Education Core:

MATH 1530

Natural Sciences General Education Core In addition to General Core: (8) Eight hours of SINGLE laboratory science from the following list:

(1) ASTR 1010 and 1020

(2) BIOL 1010/11 and 1020/21
(3) BIOL 1110/11 and 1120/21;

(4) CHEM 1110/11 and 1120/21 or BIOL 1130/31

(5) GEOL 1040 and 1050 (labs included)

(6) GEOG 1110 and 1120 (labs included)

(7) PHYS 2010/11 and PHYS 2110 and 2120 (labs included)

Higher level laboratory courses in these departments also meet this requirement.

Eight (8) credit hours in a SINGLE laboratory science form the following list:

(1) ASTR 1010 and 1020

(2) BIOL 1010/11 and 1020/21
(3) BIOL 1110/11

(4) CHEM 1110/11 and 1120/21

(5) GEOL 1040 and 1050 (labs included)

(6) GEOG 1010 and 1120 (labs included) 
(7) PHYS 2010/11 and 2020/21; or PHYS 2110 and 2120 (labs included)

Higher level laboratory courses in these departments also meet this requirement.

Social and Behavioral Sciences  General Education Core departmental requirements General Education Core departmental requirements In addition to General Education (4) Four courses; one from each of the following areas:

(1) Social Statistics

  • PSYC 3100
  • CJCR 3000
  • SOAA 3350

(2) Reasoning

  • PHIL 2030 or
  • SPCH 2320

(3) Research Design

  • PSYC 2311 and 2312 or
  • PSYC 3030 and 3031 or
  • CJCR 3010
  • SOCI 3210 or 4627
  • GEOG 2310 or 4807
  • SPCH 3330

(4) Computing Skills

  • SOAA 3350
  • SOCI 3444
 Philosophy of Science None PHIL 2640  
 Reasoning None PHIL 2030 or SPCH 2320  

*International students whose native language is not English, and whose admission to ETSU requires them to take a standardized test of English as a foreign language (e.g., TOEFL), may substitute scores that meet the admission requirements for the foreign language requirement.

**Consult the Literature and Language Department's placement policy listed at and in the listing for Foreign Languages in the university catalog.