Major Requirements, Thesis & Honors
Political Science majors must complete a minimum of ten courses, as specified below.
Four Breadth Requirements
1. Majors are required to take a course in each of the four fields of political science:
American Politics, International Relations, Comparative Politics, and Political Theory.
2. Two of these must be introductory courses (not including University Seminars):
a. American Politics: POLS 10100 or POLS 20100
b. International Relations: POLS 10200 or POLS 20200
c. World Politics (formerly Comparative Politics): POLS 10400 or POLS 20400
d. Political Theory: POLS 10600 or POLS 20600
3. The other two breadth requirements can be either introductory or intermediate-level courses.
Four Intermediate-Level Courses
Students can specialize in one field or take a combination of courses tailored to their interests.
Two Writing Seminars
In any combination of sophomore, junior, or senior seminars. One semester of the senior thesis or a graduate level course can also count as a seminar. These courses give students a chance to take an advanced course in a seminar setting, with an emphasis on research skills and discussion.