Jan 24, 2021  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Political Science, B.A.

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Major Requirements

This bachelor’s degree program requires a minimum of 124 credits. As part of the overall 124 credit minimum, satisfying the requirements for the major in Political Science includes completing a minimum of 42 credits (11 courses) in the major.  

The following courses are required of all Political Science majors:

Political Science Writing Intensive Requirement

Beginning with the 2018-2019 academic year, all Political Science majors are required to take a writing intensive course within the discipline.  Please note: POL2000 is no longer writing intensive.  Political Science writing intensive courses will rotate among a selection of upper division courses.


World Outside the United States

At least two courses are to deal with the world outside the United States and are to be selected from the following:

Remaining Courses

The remaining three courses may be taken from either of the two areas listed above, or qualified students may take some or all of them from the following:

  • Credits: Variable
  • Moot Court may only be taken twice for credit toward a Political Science major (4 credits max).

  • Credits: 8 (Fall or Spring Session/8 credit) Internship Credits / Units: 8
  • This Public Service (Fall or Spring) Internship is an 8 credit/2 course equivalent, with four credits (1 course equivalent) counting toward Political Science and four credits (1 course equivalent) toward electives.

  • Credits: 4 (Summer Session/4 credit) Internship
  • Credits: 4 (Fall or Spring Session/4 credit) Internship

  • Students can complete up to 12 internship credits; one fall or spring (8 cr.) and a fall/spring or summer internship (4 cr).

Political Science Major Notes

  • Only two (2) Political Science courses may be double-counted between a Political Science major and a Pre-law minor.
  • Only two (2) Political Science course may be double-counted between a Political Science major and an International Studies major.

Major GPA

Political Science majors must achieve a final grade point average of 2.00 or better in the major.  The GPA for the Political Science major will be calculated by taking the average of courses designated POL.

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