Political Science

Course descriptions

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.

Major Courses

  1. A minimum of nine credits in Political Science 1000-level courses from the following subdivisions: Theory and Methodology (POLS 1002), Comparative Politics (POLS 1202 or 1207), International Relations (POLS 1402/W), and American Politics (POLS 1602/W). It is recommended that these courses be taken during the first two years of study.
  2. A minimum of 24 credits in Political Science numbered 2000 or higher (none on a pass-fail basis):
    1. At least one course in four of the following six subdivisions (total of 12 credits):
    2. Other 2000 level (or higher) Political Science courses totaling a minimum of 12 credits.
    3. Students must take at least one three credit W course within the major. Advanced information literary 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 W or Q may be substituted for the same numbered course. Cross-listed courses may only be counted once. All POLS 2998/W and 2995 courses apply to the major and may count towards the subdivision requirement. The subdivisions assigned to these courses can be found at polisci.uconn.edu/undergraduate/advising. POLS 3995 courses may be counted towards part one only with the consent of the advisor. POLS 2993, 3023, 3426, 3991, 3993, 3999, 4994, and 4997W may not be counted towards part one. Interdepartmental (INTD and UNIV) courses may not be included in the 24 credits. No more than six credits of independent study, colloquium (POLS 4894), and/or field work (of which no more than three credits may be for POLS 3991) can be counted toward the 24 credits.

Related Courses

At least 12 credits in courses related to Political Science taken from one or more other departments. These courses must be numbered 2000 or higher and cannot be taken on a pass-fail basis. All 2000-level (or higher) courses in Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Human Rights, Philosophy, Public Policy and Sociology will meet this requirement. Any course within these departments that is cross-listed with POLS will count towards the major and not as a related. Certain other courses have been approved and are listed on polisci.uconn.edu. Courses not in the departments listed above or included on the pre-approved list may be approved as related courses at the discretion of the advisor.

A minor in Political Science is described in the Minors section.

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