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Political Science

College of Liberal Arts

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Political Science - Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (code POSCBA01) (120 units)


Required Courses: (6 units): POSC 100, 300

Concentration Requirement: (18 units)

Eighteen units in one of the three areas of concentration: Law, Politics and Policy; Political Theory; Global Politics. Three lower-division units and fifteen upper-division units must be taken in the chosen area of concentration, including the senior seminar in that area.

Breadth Requirement: (15 units)

Fifteen units, no more than six of which may be from the student’s area of concentration; no more than three of which may be lower division. Program must include at least three units of a practicum.

POSC 100, the 200-level concentration requirement, and POSC 300 must be completed by the end of the junior year.

Total Units: 39

Honors in Political Science

Students with a major in Political Science may be admitted to the Political Science Department’s honors program (option of the University Honor’s Program) provided they have:

  1. Junior standing, completed POSC 300 and at least two additional upper-division courses in Political Science;
  2. A minimum of three semesters remaining before graduation;
  3. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3, and 3.5 in Political Science courses;
  4. Submitted to the Department Honors Committee two letters of recommendation from faculty members and an example of a research or analytical paper written for a previously taken course in Political Science;
  5. Received admission approval from the Department Honors Committee.

In order to graduate with Honors in Political Science a student must:

  1. Complete all regular requirements for the major in Political Science;
  2. Complete 3 units of POSC 490H: Honors Seminar;
  3. Complete 3 units of POSC 491H: Honors Research;
  4. Complete 3 units of POSC 492H: Honors Thesis;
  5. Have at the time of graduation a cumulative GPA of at least 3.3 and a GPA of at least 3.5 in Political Science courses.

Minor in Political Science (code POSCUM01)

The Minor in Political Science is available to any non-Political Science major.

A minimum of 21 units which must include:

Required: POSC 100 or 391, 300

Upper Division: Five upper division courses (300/400 level) which may include one approved political science internship from 418, 447, 448, 496, or 498.

Minor in Public Administration in Political Science (code POSCUM02)

The Minor in Public Administration in Political Science is available to any non-Political Science major.

A minimum of 21 units which must include: (a) POSC 430; (b) 9 units selected from POSC 431, 432; (c) 6 units selected from POSC 300B, 322, 323, 326, 327, 328, 329, 447, 448; (d) Three elective units from any area in political science chosen in consultation with an advisor.