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Academics: Political Science

Political science major (33 semester hours)

Admission to the program
Graduation requirements
Internship experience
Honors

 

Admission to the program

To be admitted to a major program in political science you must have completed one (non interim term) political science course with a minimum grade of C (2.0).

Graduation requirements

To graduate with a political science major, you must take the following courses:

  • Ideas and Institutions in American Politics (101)
  • Freedom, Justice, and Political Authority (240)
  • Foundations of Political Science Research (251)
  • Senior Seminar in Political Science (399)
  • one from comparative politics (214, 276, 277, or 279)
  • one from international politics (207, 218, or 228)

Fifteen additional hours of political science coursework (which may include one interim course and/or six hours of internship credit) or completion of the Policy Studies and Civic Leadership Concentration requirements

Internship experience

Political science majors, particularly those who do not anticipate pursuing either law school or some graduate program shortly after graduation, are encouraged to enroll in internship programs.

Students can complete an internship for a maximum of 6 semester hours in Internship in Politics and Government (380), as well as internships through our Washington, DC semester program. Interested students should contact the department's Internship Director, Prof. Pelz.

Honors

Information on the specifics and guidelines for graduating with honors can be found on the political science department 's honors page.