Major and Minor
To graduate with a political science major, students must complete 33 credit hours, normally 11 courses, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in the department.
All majors must complete one introductory course:
- PSC 101: Politics, typically during their freshman year.
Majors must also complete one methods course:
- PSC 302: Research Methods in Political Science, typically during their junior year.
Additionally, majors must take one course in each of the four major subfields:
- American politics,
- comparative government and politics,
- political theory,
- and international relations.
See the major fields table for information on these courses. Note that these courses are not all offered every semester or even every year. Students should always check at preregistration to see what is being offered in future semesters. Students also should note that there are many courses in the Department of Political Science that do NOT fulfill any of these four fields.
Students must also complete four PSC electives, which can be any four PSC courses of their choosing. HPM 408 and SOC 342 may also count as PSC electives towards completion of the degree.
Finally, all majors take a Research Seminar in Political Science (PSC 488 or 489), typically during their senior year.
Requirements: To graduate with a political science minor, students must complete 6 courses (18 credit hours), including PSC 101 and five more political science courses of their choosing, of which, two must be at the 300 or 400 level.
Major Fields Table