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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)

Admission Under Impaction

To be eligible for admission to the major in Political Science, applicants must demonstrate the following prior to the semester for which the application is submitted: Applicants must have met requirements for admission to the university as a freshman or transfer student and have completed the following courses (or equivalents) with a grade of “C” or better: General Education English and Communication Studies and at least 6 lower division units of Political Science course work. Eligible applicants will be selected for admission on a space-available basis based on cumulative grade point average.


  • Required Courses (6 units):
    • POSC 100 Introduction to American Government (3)
    • POSC 300 Scope/Methods Political Science (3)

Concentration Requirement (18 units):

  • Take 18 units in one of the three areas of concentration:
    • 1. Law, Politics, Policy
    • 2. Political Theory
    • 3. Global Politics

Take 3 lower-division units and 15 upper-division units in the chosen area of concentration, including the senior seminar in that area.

Breadth Requirement, 15 units of which:

  • 1. no more than six units may be from the student’s area of concentration;
  • 2. no more than three may be lower division;

Note: This program must include at least three units of a practicum.

Note: 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 POSC 490H Honors Seminar (3);
  • 3. Complete POSC 491H Honors Research (3);
  • 4. Complete POSC 492H Honors Thesis (3);
  • 5. Have at the time of graduation a cumulative GPA of at least 3.3 and a GPA of at least 3.5 in POSC 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:

  • Take one of the following courses:
    • POSC 100 Introduction to American Government (3)
    • POSC 391 American Government (3)
  • Take the following course:
    • POSC 300 Scope and Methods of Political Science (3)
  • Upper Division:
    • Take five 300/400 level courses which may include one approved political science internship from the following:
      • POSC 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:

  • Take the following course:
    • POSC 430 Fundamentals of Public Administration (3)
  • Take 9 units from the following courses:
    • POSC 431, 432
  • Take 6 units from the following courses:
    • POSC 300B, 322, 323, 326, 327, 328, 329, 447, 448
  • Take three elective units from any area in political science chosen in consultation with an advisor.