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Requirements for the Political Science Major

GEP Signature Courses (See Curricula): six courses

GEP Variable Courses (See Curricula): six to nine courses, including

Social/Behavioral Sciences:

POL 101 or 111

GEP Overlays (See Curricula): three courses, with POL 201/231 satisfying Writing Intensive

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:

POL 103 or 113

Introduction to Comparative Politics

POL 105 or 115

Introduction to International Politics

POL 107 or 117

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.

POL 201 or 231

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.