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Majors

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS (effective Fall 2013)

Political Science majors are required to maintain at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA in all Political Science coursework. Students failing to maintain the minimum GPA will not be awarded a degree in this major.  S/U grading (satisfactory/unsatisfactory) in Political Science courses is not allowed for the major.

Students selecting a major in Political Science must complete at least 52 credits of Political Science coursework, of which at least 40 credits must be upper division coursework (300-400 level). As part of these overall credit totals, Political Science majors must complete:

I. Foundation Courses (12 credits)

Students must take at least 3 of the introductory courses (12 credits)

  • PS 201 Introduction to United State Government and Politics (4)
  • PS 204 Introduction to Comparative Politics (4)
  • PS 205 Introduction to International Relations (4)
  • PS 206 Introduction to Political Thought (4)

Normally, foundation courses are taken in a student's first two years. Majors must take the lower division foundation course in a given subfield before enrolling in upper division subfield courses.

II. Methods and WIC (4 credits)

  • PS 300 Political Analysis (4)

III. Political Science Internship (4-6 credits)

  • PS 406 Project (2)
  • PS 410 Internship (2-4)

IV. Upper Division Subfield Courses (32 credits total)

  • Students must take one upper division course in at least 3 out of the 4 subfields:
American Politics
  • PS 317 Gender and Politics* (depends on how course is taught)
  • PS 321 American Constitutional Law
  • PS 322 American Constitutional Law
  • PS 326 Judicial Process and Politics
  • PS 331 State and Local Government and Politics
  • PS 371 Public Policy Problems
  • PS 375 The Civil Rights Movement and Policies
  • PS 411 Legislative Politics
  • PS 412 Presidential Politics
  • PS 413 Political Parties and Elections
  • PS 414 Interest Groups
  • PS 415 Politics and the Media
  • PS 416 Public Opinion and Politics
  • PS 419 Topics in American Politics
  • PS 423 American Constitutional Law
  • PS 424 Administrative Law
  • PS 425 Gender and Law
  • PS 427 Courts and Social Change
  • PS 429 Topics in Judicial Politics
  • PS 455 Politics of Climate Change
  • PS 473 U.S. Energy Policy
  • PS 474 Natural Resource Policy and Bureaucratic Politics
  • PS 475 Environmental Politics and Policy
  • PS 476 Science and Politics
  • PS 485 Consensus and Natural Resources
Comparative Politics
  • PS 317 Gender and Politic* (depends on how course is taught)
  • PS 340 Eastern and Central European Politics
  • PS 341 Politics of Western Europe and the European Union
  • PS 343 Russian Politics
  • PS 344 Latin American Politics
  • PS 345 Politics of Developing Nations
  • PS 348 Chinese Politics
  • PS 350 Government and Politics of Modern Japan
  • PS 446 East Asian Political Economy
  • PS 449 Topics in Comparative Politics
International Relations
  • PS 451 American Foreign Policy
  • PS 452 Alternative International Future
  • PS 453 Geopolitics of Oil and Energy
  • PS 454 International Law and Organizations
  • PS 455 Politics of Climate Change
  • PS 456 International Politics of Asia Pacific
  • PS 457 U.S.-China Relations
  • PS 458 International Political Economy
  • PS 459 Topics in International Relations
  • PS 477 International Environmental Politics and Policy
Political Philosophy
  • PS 361 Classical Political Thought
  • PS 362 Modern Political Thought
  • PS 363 Gender and Race in American Political Thought
  • PS 365 American Political Thought
  • PS 461 Environmental Political Theory
  • PS 462 Theories of Law
  • PS 469 Topics in Political Philosophy

 

NOTE: Blanket Numbered Courses

Together, internship and other blanket-numbered courses cannot exceed 12 credits applied to satisfy major requirements. Additionally, no more than 6 credits from PS 402–PS 406 and PS 410 may be applied to the major. Credits in excess of what's allowed earned in these courses do count, however, toward university graduation requirements.

  • PS 299 Special Studies
  • PS 399 Current Problems in Politics
  • PS 401 Research
  • PS 402 Independent Study
  • PS 403 Thesis
  • PS 405 Reading and Conference
  • PS 406 Projects
  • PS 407 Seminar
  • PS 408 Workshop
  • PS 409 Practicum
  • PS 410 Internship
  • PS 499 Special Topics