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Political Science, B.A. (39-40 Credit Major)

The distribution of credits between 33 credits (11 courses) in Political Science and 6 or 7 credits (2 courses) in other departments is as follows:

Credits (39-40)


Three required courses for all majors:


POL 166: The American Political System


POL 245: Political Analysis and Interpretation


One course in political theory chosen from POL 226, 227, 228, 229, 319, 321, or 322.


Eight elective POL courses at the 200, 300, or 400 level. At least twelve credits at 300 or 400 level. Students may choose any combination of courses in the subfields of study covered in Political Science.


Two courses in other departments, selected from ANT 211, ECO 166, ECO 167, ENW 201, or PHI 229. The Department waives this requirement for double majors.

Departmental Honors

Students who wish to qualify for Departmental honors are required to take POL 481 (Honors Tutorial).

Requirements for the Minor in Political Science

The minor in Political Science consists of POL 166 plus 12 credits in POL courses at the 200, 300, or 400 level. At least 6 of these 12 credits must be at the 300- or 400-level.

Last modified: 7/30/2015