All students should be very familiar with the degree plan (all requirements for the 120 hours) for the B.A. degree in Political Science. Listed below are several sources on the degree plan. Departmental Advisors would be glad to answers any and all questions. If you are ever uncertain about a requirement, do not hesitate to ask.
Undergraduate Catalog. This is the official description of the degree plan.
- One-page summary of the degree plan (pdf)
- One-page summary of the degree plan (xlsx)
- Overview of the degree plan
- Optional Specializations in Political Science
As soon as you know that you plan to major in Political Science, you should be fully knowledgeable of the degree plan. Do not hesitate to ask an advisor if you ever have any questions or would like a "draft" degree plan.
All students should be aware of their responsibilities for their education and for their personal development at UTA. Be sure to read to section in the Undergraduate Catalog on Student Responsibilities.
Following are a number of links and references to additional information and resources:
- Academic Standing Codes (Message Codes--sometimes known as Probation Codes).
- Advising Center.
- Advisor Handbook.
- Approval of a Minor.
- Assessment Services: Credit by exam and other testing services.
- Career Services.
- Class Load Maximums and Over-Rides.
- Double Majors.
- Withdrawal and Course Drop Checklist.
- Financial Aid Considerations
- Undergraduate Catalog Language (scroll down about halfway)
- Student Success Program Page (select Need-to-Know Policies, than Implications of Dropping a Class)
- UTA Academic Policy--Withdrawals and Drops (revised 8/24/2006)
- After late registration, only the student's major department can drop courses. Political Science majors will need to come to the Political Science office and sign the Course Drop Checklist in order to drop a course after later registration.
- Finances: Information for students ranging from financial aid to payment deadlines--and much more.
- Floating 45 Limit
- Grade Replacement and Grade Exclusion Policies.
- Graduation, Applying for
- Honors College.
- McNair Scholars Program. The McNair Scholars Program is designed to prepare qualified UTA undergraduates for graduate study ultimately leading to the Ph.D.
- Math Placement Test.
- Options to the "Regular" Political Science degree. The Department of Political Science offers optional plans in Pre-Law, Policy/Public Administration, and International Studies. You should be fully cognizant of their more rigorous and specific requirements. These are described in the Undergraduate Catalog, and your advisor would be glad to explain them to you.
- Probation. Assistance and Information for Students on Probation.
- Registration Schedule.
- Residency Requirements (in addition, only 72 hours from a junior or community college can be applied to a POLS BA degree plan).
- Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) test (formerly TASP). Also see the Advising Center on THEA.
- Transfer Equivalencies. All decisions about transferring credit (evaluating transcripts and the like) are made in the Office of Admissions. The Department of Political Science cannot evaluate transcripts from other institutions. Transfer students should be familiar with the residency requirements (see above) and the limit of 72 hours from a junior or community college.