BA in Political Science
A total of 11 courses with a grade of C or higher is required: three from among PO core courses CAS PO 211, 241, 251, 271, and 291; and eight political science courses or seminars numbered 300–699.
No more than 8 credits toward the major shall be derived from Directed Study. Freshmen considering a political science major should take at least one core course in the freshman year.
Note: Department of International Relations courses do not fulfill major requirements in political science unless they are cross-listed with political science courses.
Highly qualified students who are majoring in political science may wish to undertake a special course of study aimed at graduation with honors in the major. This departmental honors program includes a required course on research design, a thesis and oral defense (usually in the senior year), and co-curricular activities that provide insight into politics and government. Applications for the honors program must be submitted no later than May 15 of the junior year. Interested students should contact the honors program director or director of undergraduate studies in the Political Science Department.
Students who declared a major in political science prior to September 2008 have the option of fulfilling the requirements in place at the time of their declaration.