The Political Science major requires a total of ten courses:
Four Breadth Requirements
- Majors are required to take a course in each of the four fields of political science:
- American Politics
- International Relations
- Comparative Politics
- Political Theory
- Two of these must be introductory courses (not including University Seminars):
- American Politics: POLS 10100 or POLS 20100
- International Relations: POLS 10200 or POLS 20200
- World Politics/ Comparative Politics: POLS 10400 or POLS 20400
- Political Theory: POLS 10600 or POLS 20600
- The other two breadth requirements can be either introductory or intermediate-level courses.
Four Intermediate-Level Courses
Students can take a combination of courses tailored to their interests.
Two Writing Seminars
This requirement can be fulfilled with any combination of junior or senior seminars (POLS 43001, 43002, 53001, 53002). These courses give students a chance to take an advanced course in a seminar setting, with an emphasis on research, writing, and discussion.
One semester of the senior thesis or a graduate level course can also count as a seminar.
AP credit does not apply to the Political Science major.