Degree Requirements

The members of the Department of Politics, Law, and International Relations offer two distinct major tracks in Political Science.

 

  • Political Science (B.A.)

    POLS 103 Politics of the United States (3)
    POLS 105 Introduction to International Relations (3)
    POLS 215 Introduction to Comparative Politics (3)
    POLS 240 History of Political Philosophy (3)
    POLS 450 Senior Seminar: Problems in Politics (3)
    Five additional courses in Political Science* (15)
    Total 30
    Additional Requirement
    One course from: (4)
    STAT 161 Introduction to Statistics
    STAT 162 Introduction to Statistics for the Social Sciences
    STAT 163 Introduction to Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences

    * At least two of the elective courses must be 300-level courses with a primary listing in POLS that count for Written Communication (WC) proficiency credit. Elective courses should be chosen in consultation with the faculty advisor.

    As many as two of the elective courses may be chosen from cognate Social Sciences disciplines and applied to the Political Science degree provided those courses are not counted as Modes, and are approved by the advisor and the department chair.

    * The preferred Quantitative Literacy (QL) proficiency course for all political science majors is Political Science 330X/ Sociology 330.

    Students adding a second major in Political Science to a primary major in another cognate Social Sciences discipline may complete the Political Science major with eight courses consisting of the five core requirements and three other courses, at least one of which must be a 300-level POLS course that counts for WC credit.

  • Political Science-Law & Politics (B.A.)

    POLS 103 Politics of the United States (3)
    One course from: (3)
    POLS 105 Introduction to International Relations
    POLS 215 Introduction to Comparative Politics
    One course from: (3)
    POLS 117 Law and Society
    POLS 217 Constitutional Interpretation

    POLS 240 History of Political Philosophy (3)
    One course from: (3)
    POLS 317 Civil Rights and Liberties
    POLS 329 Democracy and Democratization
    POLS 400 Moot Court (3)
    POLS 450 Senior Seminar: Problems in Politics (3)
    POLS 470 Internship (2-6)
    Two additional courses in Political Science* (6)
    Total 29-33
    Additional requirement
    One course from: (4)
    STAT 161 Introduction to Statistics
    STAT 162 Introduction to Statistics for the Social Sciences
    STAT 163 Introduction to Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences


  • This information is effective using the most recent Academic Catalog for more detailed course descriptions you can view the Academic Catalog here.

    For Current Students, you may check your individual degree requirements using Self-Service. More information in regards to this can be found on the Registrar’s page.


In conjunction with colleagues from other departments, we participate in three interdisciplinary majors: