Courses and Requirements

Requirements for a major

A major consists of a minimum of 36 credit hours in political science, distributed as follows:

Introductory courses
  • POLSC 115 United States Politics 3
  • POLSC 135 Introduction to Comparative Politics 3
  • POLSC 301 Introduction to Political Thought 3
  • POLSC 333 World Politics 3
Methods course

To be taken after completion of at least 2 of these 3 introductory courses:

  • POLSC 115, 135, and 333:
  • POLSC 400 Political Inquiry and Analysis 3
Advanced courses

To be taken after POLSC 400. Intersession courses cannot be used to fulfill these requirements. One course, at the 500 level or above, in each of the following areas:

  • Political thought 3
  • American government and politics 3
  • International relations 3
  • Comparative government and politics 3
Electives

Nine hours, including any political science course except for POLSC 350 Current Issues. Only 3 hours of the major are allowed to be readings, problems, internships, or similar courses that do not involve scheduled meetings of the class.

Information for dual and non-majors

The political science program is often advantageously combined with another major. Those seeking dual majors should coordinate their program in consultation with advisors in each area.

Requirements for a minor

Basic courses
  • POLSC 115 United States Politics 3
  • POLSC 135 Introduction to Comparative Politics 3
  • POLSC 301 Introduction to Political Thought 3
  • POLSC 333 World Politics 3
Additional requirements

Three political science electives, of which at least two must be at the 500-level or above. POLSC 350 cannot fulfill this requirement.

Total electives 9
Total hours 21

Political science courses