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 meeting with the Coordinator of Undergraduate Advising, Becky Mooney, in 1482 Social Sciences. Prior to declaring a minor 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.
  • POL 4900H Honors Thesis (1-6 credits): This requires at least one faculty mentor and a Political Science Honors Contract form to be completed for registration. Students typically take two semesters to complete their thesis over their senior year. For this reason, students may repeat the course up to two times, at variable credits, for a total of 6 credits overall. We recommend that you begin your thesis Fall of your senior year.

Requirements

A total of 32 political science credits is required to complete the major. Of these, 24 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 a senior paper. All 4xxx level political science courses satisfy the senior paper requirement. Students with two CLA majors leading to a bachelor of arts degree are only required to write one senior paper in one of those majors.

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