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2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Political Science Major, BA (47 credits) (62 credits)

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Students may choose either a 47-credit major or a 62-credit major. Those who have a second major or who have a minor in another discipline may opt for the 47-credit major.

Program Requirements
Students must earn a grade of C- or higher in order for that course to count in their political science major.

Political Science Honors
Political science majors will qualify for honors at graduation with an overall GPA of 3.00 and a GPA of 3.50 in all political science courses.

Program Learner Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Be expected to thoroughly familiar with structure of field (its 4 sub-fields).
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the basic concepts and facts in each of the 4 sub-fields (American, Comparative, International, Theory).
  • Acquire analytical tools and skills used in the discipline.
  • Demonstrate familiarity and competence w/ scholarly resources & be able to use these to carry out basic research paper in discipline.

Required Courses

Political Science Core Requirements

Political Science Core Total Credits: 20

Additional Required Courses

Department-Approved Electives Credits: 20-35

Select from any other courses in this department. (Any transfer political science electives must be approved by the department.)

  • 47-credit major (20)
  • 62-credit major (35)


Total Credits: 47-62

Small Plan Major (fewer than 60 credits)

This major requires the completion of a minor or second major. Please consult with the departments about any specific restrictions regarding overlap between plans.

College and Department Information

Political Science Department  
College of the Sciences  

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