A student doing a Major in Political Science will be required to complete 13 courses in the discipline. Students can achieve this objective by taking a combination of compulsory and elective courses. They must take one prerequisite (4 credit hours), two compulsory courses (8 credit hours), and ten elective courses (40 credit hours), for a total of 52 credit hours.
The 52 Credit hours will be spread out as follows:
Prerequisite Course (4 credit hours)
- POL 100 Introduction to Political Science
Students wanting to major in Political Science must take this course at the beginning of the academic year.
Compulsory Courses (8 credit hours – two courses)
All students opting for a major in Political Science are required to take the following two courses, which will not be double-counted:
- POL 102 Introduction to Western Political Thought
- POL 320 Comparative Politics
Elective Courses (40 credit hours – 10 courses)
In addition to the compulsory courses, students will need to take 10 courses from the list of electives from any of the following sub-fields of the discipline. They are required to take no more than one course at the 100 level and at least 3 courses at 300 and 400 level.
- Political Theory
- Comparative Politics
- International Relations
- Political Economy & Public Policy
- Political Sociology & Political Anthropology
All courses carry four-credit hours except POL 222 Community Based Learning (2 credit hours). Please note that this is not an exhaustive list. New courses are constantly added. Students may wish to opt for the Senior Project, which will count as one 8-credit course.