Requirements for the Political Science Major
GEP Signature Courses (See Curricula): six courses
GEP Variable Courses (See Curricula): six to nine courses, including
POL 101 or 111
GEP Integrative Learning Component: three courses
- ECN 102 Introduction to Macro Economics
- MAT 118 Statistics
- Any upper division ECN, HIS, PHL, PSY, SOC or continuing Foreign Language course beyond the GEP requirements.
GEP Electives: at least nine courses
Major Concentration: twelve courses
4 Introductory Courses:
Introduction to Comparative Politics
Introduction to International Politics
Introduction to Political Thought
When possible first-year students entering as majors should take two first-year major sections of these classes, i.e. 10x-level, not 11x-level.
Introduction to Political Science Research (American ) 201OR Introduction to Political Science Research (Comparative and International) 231
Ideally majors take this course in the Spring of their sophomore years, after having completed at least three introductory courses. These courses are not offered in the Fall. Except under rare circumstances, majors will not be allowed to register for upper division courses if they have not completed either 201 or 231.
7 Upper Division Courses:
7 POL courses, numbered POL 300-499
1 Senior Seminar:
1 Senior Seminar from among POL 400-409.
The Department strongly recommends that all students take the appropriate introductory course prior to enrolling in an upper division class. Moreover, students should prepare for their seminar by taking any pre-requisites.