Political Science Major

Total Credits Required to Complete Major: 33 *

Basic Requirements: (21 Credits)

Three courses at the 400-level, one in three of the following subfields

One 400-level capstone or senior seminar


*Students who have taken ECON 205, GEOG 278, MATH 242, MATH 262, PSYC 250, or SOCL 211 will have fulfilled the PLSC 251 requirement but must take an additional 3 credit PLSC course to satisfy the 33 credits of PLSC courses needed for the Basic Requirements category.

NOTE: To graduate with Honors in Political Science, a student must earn 33 credits in Political Science, including the completion of PLSC 493, Honors Thesis, which requires departmental invitation and approval.

Minimum Competence Requirement

A grade of C- or better is required for all courses submitted in fulfillment of the Political Science major (including 30 credits in PLSC and required related courses).

Department Writing Requirement

Political Science majors are evaluated on the basis of substantive content and the quality of exposition in 300- and 400-level courses. Faculty assign writing projects of 15 pages or more including term papers, reports, etc. Faculty have discretion in determining assignments. Grades are reported to the Department Chair at the end of each semester and recorded on the pre-graduation form. A grade of C- or better is required to fulfill the writing requirement.