Declaring Your Major
Students wishing to declare either a major or minor in Political Science may do so on WebSTAC. At the time the major is declared, students will be assigned a faculty advisor. Further information can be obtained from Sarah Winkler in Seigle 207.
Students beginning their undergraduate work in political science may plan their programs in consultation with their assigned Undergraduate Advisor. It is important that students keep their Undergraduate Advisor fully informed of their progress so that misunderstandings or disagreements can be kept to a minimum.
10 Political Science Courses (30 graded units) with a C or better
2 of the following introductory courses:
- _____ 101B: Intro to American Politics
- _____ 102B: Intro to Comparative Politics
- _____ 103B: Intro to International Politics
- _____ 106 or 107: Intro to Political Theory
If you scored a 4 or 5 in AP credit, you may place out of the associated introductory course and replace it with an upper-level course in a related subfield.*
1 300-level methods course:
- _____ 363: Political Methodology
You may place out of this requirement if you have completed any pre-approved alternate course with a C or better.* If you take an alternate course, you must take an additional Political Science course to make up for the credits.
Pre-approved alternate courses include:
6 upper-level (300 or 400) distribution courses, with at least one course in three of the five subfields:
American: _______ | ________ | ________ | ________
Comparative: _______ | ________ | ________ | ________
International: _______ | ________ | ________ | ________
Political Theory: _______ | ________ | ________ | ________
Methods: _______ | ________ | ________ | ________
Please see below for information regarding subfield concentrations.
1 additional course* (any level)
- No more than 6 units from the following may count toward the major: directed research, independent study, and readings.
- No more than 6 units from the following may count toward the major: service learning, study abroad, summer school, University College, transfer credit, and teaching practicum.
- You cannot double-count any advanced credits for both a political science major and a second major or minor. You can, however, double-count elective credits.
*PLEASE NOTE: All students must complete 30 graded units (usually 10 courses) in political science in order to successfully complete their major. If you use an AP credit to place out of an intro course, or do not take PS 363, then you must replace these with other political science classes.
Courses cross-listed with Political Science change on a semester-by-semester basis. A cross-listed course includes the designation L32; this is the designation you should choose if you want to count credit from cross-listed courses toward your Political Science major/minor. If you are using a course for another major or minor, you may not count it as an advanced credit for your Political Science major. The department does not consider petitions to count non-cross-listed courses for credit in Political Science. If you have questions about the status of any course, please contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies in Political Science.
All political science majors have the option of "concentrating" their six course distribution requirements by successfully completing three upper-level courses in one of the following subfields:
- American Politics
- Comparative Politics
- International Relations
- Political Methodology
- Political Theory
Subfield concentrations signal that students have depth in a particular subfield of the discipline. They also prepare students for writing their senior theses in that subfield. Because of this, students may count classes as part of their subfield concentration whether or not they are using that class to fulfill the 30 credits required for their major. For example, students may complete L32 3255 and count it towards a legal studies minor, but use it as part of their subfield concentration in American politics. Consistent with its aim of encouraging subject mastery, to count for a subfield concentration students must complete the class for a quality grade.
A course that counts for two different subfields may only be used towards one subfield concentration.
To declare a subfield concentration, complete a Subfield Concentration Form and submit it to Sarah Crean in Seigle 207. Concentrations will appear on the student's transcript after graduation and may be particularly helpful for students interested in graduate or professional school. Check the "All Courses" link on the Course Listings page for subfield designations.
Senior Thesis Program
All majors may write a senior thesis by meeting the eligibility requirements listed below. (Students wishing to graduate with Latin Honors must write a thesis and maintain and overall GPA of 3.65 or higher.) Please go to the Senior Thesis Program webpage for details.
Students choosing Political Science as a minor field must take a minimum of 15 graded units of course work with a C or better, including at least 9 advanced units. No more than three units may be counted from among the following: Directed Readings, Directed Research, Teaching Practicum, University College, or credits from another institution including study abroad. You cannot double-count any credits for a political science minor with any other major or minor.