Political Science serves students whose primary interest is in some phase of public affairs (law, politics, government service) or international relations (foreign service), in gaining a better understanding of the entire field of governmental organization and functions.
A minimum of 24 credits in Political Science numbered 2000 or above (none on a pass-fail basis). Inter-departmental courses may not be included in the 24 credits. No more than 6 credits of independent study and/or field work (of which no more than 3 credits may be for POLS 3991) can be counted toward the 24 credits.
- Students majoring in Political Science must pass introductory 1000-level courses in three of the following four subdivisions: Theory and Methodology (POLS 1002), Comparative Politics (POLS 1202 or 1207), International Relations (POLS 1402), and American Politics (POLS 1602). It is recommended that these courses should be taken during the student’s first two years of study.
- All majors in political science must pass at least one course in four of the following six subdivisions (total of 12 credits). A W or Q course may be substituted for the same numbered course. Cross-listed courses may count only once toward this distribution requirement:
I. Theory and Methodology
II. Comparative Politics
III. International Relations
IV. American Politics
V. Public Administration, Policy and Law
VI. Race, Gender, and Ethnic Politics
The writing in the major requirement may be satisfied by passing any 2000-level W course. Advanced information literacy exit requirements are incorporated into all W courses in the major, and students who successfully complete political science W courses will have met this requirement.
A minor in Political Science is described in the Minors section.