Degree Requirements

Political Science courses generally are small or medium-sized, with heavy emphasis on interaction, research and writing. All of our courses fall into one of political science’s four broad subfields–American Politics, International Relations, Foreign and Comparative Politics, or Political Theory.

Majors are required to take two introductory courses, a course in research methodology, and a capstone seminar in their senior year. In addition, they must take a number of courses distributed across the different subfields. Minors must complete the introductory courses and a diverse, yet smaller course of study.

Major Requirements

Students planning to major in political science must obtain departmental approval, and then complete the following requirements:

  • PSCI 201 (Introduction to Politics)
  • PSCI 202 (American Government and Politics)
  • PSCI 203 (Success Strategies)
  • PSCI 301 (Research Methods)
  • At least 24 additional credit hours in political science, including at least one three-credit or four-credit course in each of the following groups:
    • Group I: American Government – PSCI 307, 308, 312, 313, 314, 315, 316, 317, 318, 319, 421, 450, 455, and 456
    • Group II: International Relations – PSCI 320, 321, 322, 326, 327, 423, and 441
    • Group III: Foreign and Comparative Government – 331, 332, 333, 334, 335, 337, 338, and 339
    • Group IV: Political Theory – PSCI 342 and 442
  • A capstone experience approved by the department; typically PSCI 401, Senior Seminar in Political Science

Minor Requirements

Students planning to major in political science must obtain departmental approval, and then complete the following requirements:

  • PSCI 201 (Introduction to Politics)
  • PSCI 202 (American Government and Politics)
  • At least 12 additional credit hours in political science (typically, four three-credit or four-credit courses)

The collegiate curriculum requires that students earn a grade of C- or higher in all courses that count towards the major or minor, and attain a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher on all such coursework.