Political Science Major

Department Advanced Placement Policy

Depending on the year AP tests were taken, students with AP courses in American Politics and Government and/or Comparative Politics and Government may earn placement in the curriculum, but not progress toward the minimum number of courses required by the major. If they are majors, students may skip POLS 100 or 102, but must substitute them with another more advanced course in order to complete at least ten courses in the major. Students with AP credit in American Politics and Government and/or Comparative Politics and Government may receive credit toward the social science common area requirement. Students who choose to enroll in POLS 100 or 102 will forfeit their AP credit for the major. We strongly encourage students to discuss these possibilities with their advisors before making a decision. For the 2020-21 academic year the department will not accept AP American Politics and Government credit toward completion of the major


Required introductory courses:
Principles American Government
Intro To Political Philosophy
Intro To Comparative Politics
Intro To Internat'l Relations
Select six upper division courses, at least one of which must be in each of the following areas:
American Government:
Const. Law: National Powers
Const Law: Rights & Liberties
Public Policy
American Presidency
Presidential Selection
The Constitution in Wartime
Capitalism in Crisis
Law, Politics & Society
Politics and Technology
Political Philosophy:
Classical Political Philosophy
Modern Political Philosophy
Politics and Literature
American Political Thought 1
American Political Thought 2
Islamic Political Thought
Feminist Political Theory
Nietzsche and Modernity
International Relations or Comparative Politics:
Latin-American Politics
The Politics of Post-Communism
Politics Of Development
Nat Res Conflicts in Latin Am
Latinx Politics
European Politics
Power & Protest: A View From Below
African Politics
Politics Of The Middle East
Race& Politics in the Americas
China from Mao to Market
Internat'l Political Economy
South Asian Politics
East Asia in World Politics
Global Governance
American Foreign Policy
Human Rights
Global Environmental Politics
Politics of Globalization
International Law
National Security Policy
Democratization&Women's Rights
Political Violence
Citizenship/Contemp Latin Amer
Sem: Ethics & Intn'l Relations

Students majoring in political science are required to take the department’s introductory course in each of the four sub-fields. We strongly encourage students to complete all four introductory courses by the end of the sophomore year. In addition to these introductory courses, political science majors must take at least six upper-division courses for a minimum total of 10 courses and a maximum of 14 to complete the major. Of the six upper-division courses, at least one must be in American government, one in political philosophy, and one in either international relations or comparative politics. For outstanding students, there is the possibility of undertaking a two-semester honors thesis in the senior year. Both course credits may be applied toward the minimum 32 course credits necessary for graduation, but only one course credit may be applied toward the minimum ten required courses in the Political Science major. Majors are also strongly encouraged to take courses in related fields like history, economics, and sociology. Proficiency in a modern foreign language is highly recommended as well.