Major Transfer Guide for Political Science

Degree: Bachelor of Arts

The Department Website provides information about major and minor options and requirements, the major declaration process, departmental advising contact information, and more. If you have specific questions about the major, you can contact the departmental advising office.

Recommendations from the Major Department

Courses to prepare for the major

There is no specific course that students are required to take to prepare for the Political Science major. If you are considering the Political Science major, we recommend taking one or two 1xxx-level (lower division) Political Science courses that interest you. Different 1xxx-level Political Science courses will introduce you to the broad concepts for the different sub-fields of Political Science. The upper level major courses will take you more in-depth into specific areas. 

Only a small number of upper level courses in Political Science require a prerequisite. When they do, it is typically another 3xxx-level course.

A grade of C- or better is required in all courses approved to satisfy major requirements.

See the catalog for all courses in the major.

Remember, when using Transferology to plan courses for the major, look for courses that transfer as direct equivalents to UMTC major courses. 

Requirements to declare the major

In CLA, each department has a process to declare the major. This is a necessary step for the major to be added to the student record. New transfer students do not declare their majors until after they attend orientation. 

To declare a major in Political Science, students attend a major declaration session. Information about the major declaration session is available on the department website. 

While there is no specific course that must be completed in order to declare the Political Science major, it is recommended that students take a Political Science course prior to declaring as a way to explore their interest. 

We recommend that you attend a Major Declaration Session during your first semester in CLA to discuss your interests and complete the declaration process.  This session is designed to help you explore the opportunities within the major, which include Political Science internships, research, scholarships, study abroad and service learning options, as well as help you stay on track in the major. If, at the end of the session you decide not to declare your major, you are free to make this choice. This session will help you to know what questions to ask in other departments.

Limits on the use of transfer credits towards the major

Lower division coursework - A maximum of eight credits of 1/2xxx-level courses are allowed to count towards major requirements. These eight credits will count towards the total number of credits required for the Political Science major.

Major residency requirement – The Political Science major requires a minimum of 16 credits of UMTC 3xxx-5xxx POL coursework.

It is best to email the Political Science Advising office if you are taking a course that may seem unusual or is offered through an institution with a strong bias in a particular direction. These may be more difficult to transfer.

Transfer courses are evaluated by the department for use towards the major. Check Transferology to see if an evaluation already exists for the courses you would like to use toward the major.  If you find a course that has not been evaluated you can submit the course for review. A copy of the course syllabus is required.  

Additional information and recommendations

If you are planning to transfer to CLA to complete a BA with a Political Science major and you are attending a community college or other two-year institution, keep in mind the eight credit limit on 1xxx-divison courses in the major. The department recommends that you limit the number of 1xxx-division Political Science courses that you take prior to transferring, and use your time at the community college to work on your second language coursework and other degree requirements. Be sure to talk with a CLA transfer advisor about any questions you have about completing the CLA Second Language requirement.

While a minor is not required, many students majoring in Political Science take courses or minor in Leadership, Sociology/Sociology Law,Criminology & Deviance, History, Economics, Psychology, Communication Studies, and Journalism. However, there are many other interesting options on campus and we encourage you to explore.

In this heightened political atmosphere, there are many passionate people who would like to get involved and/or make change. Political Science is a fabulous way to learn about how to make and defend policy, as well as to understand politics in all aspects. It is a great place to find ways to get engaged and be a change-maker.