Do I really need a plan of study?

A plan of study is an important part of your graduation plans. Seeing your advisor regularly and following a plan of study can help you avoid any unnecessary graduation delays. Taking unnecessary courses will delay the completion of your degree and can have financial implications.

The plan of study (POS) lists the courses you need to complete your degree program at UNG. This plan of study is essentially a contract between you and the university, saying that if you complete these courses, you will receive the degree that you want to earn. Once you have earned 90 semester credits, you really don’t want to be without a plan of study. The plan of study protects you from taking courses that will not be applicable to your degree program. Also, programs of study may change while you are a student and the plan of study protects you from those changes.

Once an approved plan of study is on file, you and your advisor can track your academic progress and your advisor can make you aware of upcoming course requirements.


International-affairs majors are required to complete a study-abroad course and an international internship, as well as POLS 4600, “International Affairs Capstone Seminar.” Typically students will complete these requirements in their junior and senior years. It is important to plan early. See Dr. Jon Miner for information on internships.

Political-science majors other than IA majors are required to complete POLS 3600, “Political Science Research Methods,” and POLS 4470, “Senior Seminar in Political Science.” Both courses are only offered in the spring semesters and you must complete POLS 2101, “Introduction to Political Science,” as a pre-requisite for POLS 3600.

For students who entered UNG/NGCSU in or after the fall semester of 2011 (taken from page 175 of 2012-2013 bulletin): No grade below “C” will be acceptable in any political-science or international-affairs course or any course in the major area for political science or international affairs.