Academics

Major in Political Science

  • POLS 104:  Government and Politics (4 credits)
  • POLS 205:  Citizen Participation and Public Policy (4 credits)
  • POLS 225:  World Politics (4 credits)
  • POLS 240:  Research Methods in Political Science (4 credits)
  • POLS 370:  Explorations in Political Theory (4 credits)

Plus:

  • Sixteen credits in POLS 300-level courses (completed in at least two of the four subfields of American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, or Judicial Politics)

Plus:

  • One POLS 400-level seminar

Prerequisites:

  • POLS 104 is a prerequisite for all other required courses within the major (POLS 205, POLS 225, POLS 240, and POLS 370).
  • POLS 205 is a prerequisite for 300-level courses within the subfield of American Politics. 
  • POLS 225 is a prerequisite for 300-level courses within the subfields of Comparative Politics and International Relations. 
  • POLS 104 is a prerequisite for 300-level courses within the subfield of Judicial Politics.  Junior or senior standing and prior completion of POLS 312 is strongly recommended for POLS 313 and POLS 314. 
  • Juniors and seniors may enroll in a 400-level seminar once they have completed a 300-level course within that subfield, or with permission of the instructor.  Only one seminar is offered per semester, so you need to work with your advisor and plan ahead.

Strongly Recommended:

  • It is strongly recommended that students take POLS 240 before enrolling in 300-level courses. 
  • It is also strongly recommended that students either complete POLS 313 or POLS 314 before taking POLS 414, or be concurrently enrolled in POLS 313 or POLS 314 along with POLS 414.

Minor in Political Science

  • POLS 104:  Government and Politics (4 credits)
  • POLS 205:  Citizen Participation and Public Policy (4 credits)
  • POLS 225:  World Politics (4 credits)

 Plus:

  • Twelve credits in 300-level courses (completed in at least two of the four subfields of American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, or Judicial Politics).  POLS 370 may also be completed as a 300-level course for the minor.
  • One 400-level seminar (with appropriate prerequisites) may be completed in place of a 300-level course.

 

For a complete description of these and the many other courses taught by the department, please see the academic catalog.

POLS Degree Planning Template 2018-2019