BA in Political Science

Political Science offers great flexibility and a variety of courses each semester focusing on all aspects of the discipline. Students may select from a broad range of courses that satisfy their personal interests and lead them closer to domestic and international careers in business, education, government, law, media, nonprofits, and politics.

Students may declare a major in political science by signing up to attend a Major Declaration Session. Prior to declaring a major in political science, students should have completed at least one political science course.

The Department of Political Science offers rigorous programming for high achieving students admitted to the University Honors Program.

Students who have been accepted into the University Honors Program are eligible to declare a Political Science BA at the Honors Level. The curriculum for the Political Science Honors BA follows similar requirements to the general major with the following additional course requirements:

  • POL 3108H Honors Tutorial: Thesis Preparation and Political Science Inquiry. This course is only offered Spring semesters and should be taken Spring of your junior year. Talk with your Political Science Advisor Fall of your Sophomore year if you will be unable to take this course Spring of your Junior Year.
  • POL 4993 Honors Thesis (1-6 credits): This individual opportunity requires at lease one faculty mentor to approve an online POL 4993 contract form. This form must be initiated by the student and approved by all faculty readers, along with Becky Mooney, for registration. Students should contact to request a link to the contract form along with instructions.

Students typically take two semesters to complete their thesis during their senior year. For this reason, students may repeat the variable credit opportunity 1 time only for a total of 6 credits overall. We recommend that you begin your Honors Thesis the Fall of your senior year.

Students completing POL 4993 are NOT required to complete POL 4991 capstone course.


A total of 35 political science credits is required to complete the major. Of these, 27 must be upper-division credits that include at least one course from three of the four subfields. The four subfields are Political Theory, Comparative Government, International Relations, and American Government.

Political science majors must also complete the POL 4991 capstone. Students with two CLA majors leading to a bachelor of arts degree are only required to complete a capstone course in one of those majors.

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