Political Science Major | Political Science Minor

General Distribution Requirement

All courses taught by faculty in the political science department count toward the general distribution requirement in the social sciences, except POLI 267 and POLI 277 (which count as humanities distribution) and internships and preceptorships (POLI 624, POLI 634).  Topics courses that are taught by other faculty but cross-listed by Political Science fulfill the general distribution requirement that was selected by that department.

General Education Requirements

Courses that meet the general education requirements in writing, quantitative thinking, internationalism and U.S. identities and differences will be posted on the Registrar's web page in advance of registration for each semester.

Additional information regarding the general distribution requirement and the general education requirements can be found in the graduation requirements section of this catalog.

Honors Program

Interested political science juniors with a GPA of 3.5 or better overall and 3.6 or better in political science may participate in the department's Honors Program. This program is designed to provide majors with an opportunity to pursue in-depth research on a significant political science topic.

The principal elements of the honors program are: (a) filing a declaration of intent to pursue a project; (b) completion of a research proposal submitted to the political science faculty; (c) successful oral defense of the research proposal in front of the political science faculty;(d) participation in the department's POLI 404 - Honors Colloquium in both semesters of the senior year; (e) enrolling in at least two credits of Honors Independent Study (POLI 644) in both semesters of the senior year; (f)completing a major work of scholarly research and writing;(g)public oral defense of the thesis. Please see our website for a thorough explanation of the honors program including important dates.

Interdisciplinary Programs

The political science department supports a number of interdisciplinary programs, including: American Studies, Asian Studies, Media and Cultural Studies, International Studies, Latin American Studies, Legal Studies, Environmental Studies, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and Urban Studies. Consult both program and departmental advisors.

Topics Courses

POLI 194, POLI 294, POLI 394, POLI 494 

Courses numbered 194, 294, 394, and 494 are Topics courses. These courses address current issues in contemporary political life or offer an experimental course which may later become part of the regular curriculum. For a list of offerings in any given year, consult the College website prior to registration. (4 credits)

Independent Study

The department offers independent study options in the form of tutorials, independent projects, internships, preceptorships and Honors independent projects. For more information contact the department and review the Curriculum section of the catalog.

Political Science Major

Major Requirements

A political science major consists of at least nine courses. The department strongly recommends that political science majors plan their programs so that they take courses above the introductory level in at least two of the four major sub-fields of political science-American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, and Political Theory. Not more than two courses taught by faculty outside the political science department will count towards fulfilling the nine-course minimum for the major. Exceptions: the research methods courses, POLI 215, POLI 246POLI 252, POLI 335 or relevant courses transferred from an accredited college or university. Consult department advisor or chair. The requirements for a political science major include:

Political Science Minor

Minor Requirements

A political science minor consists of any five political science courses, normally including one foundation, one intermediate and one advanced level course. Four of these courses must be taught by the faculty in the political science department. Consult department advisor and chair.