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Political Science Major

Bachelor of Arts Degree

Total Credit Hours to Complete Major: 33

Basic Requirements

   PLSC 110 American Politics 3
   PLSC 120 Comparative Politics  3
   PLSC 140 International Politics 3
   PLSC 230 Political Theory 3
   PLSC 251 Modern Political Analysis* 3
 

 Three PLSC courses at the 300 level, one in three of the following subfields: 

  I. American Politics: PLSC 311, 312, 313**, 314, 315, 316, 318, 319
  II. Comparative Politics: PLSC 321, 322, 325, 326, 328, 329, 351, 353
  III. Political Theory: PLSC 313**, 336, 337, 338, 
  IV. International Relations: PLSC 340, 341, 342, 347, 348

   One 300 level capstone or senior seminar: PLSC 320, 345, 346 OR 390 3
 

Two additional courses at the 200 or 300 level

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

** Students may take PLSC 313 to fulfill one of the 300 level course requirements for either American politics or political theory, but not both.

 

Year-by-year sample plan of a political science major.
 

Additional Requirements and Information

Political Science Honors

Currently, to graduate with honors in Political Science, a student must receive 33 credits within Political Science, including completion of PLSC 393 (the Honors Thesis). Of course, students must meet department requirements for Honors Thesis eligibility.  In the future, to graduate with honors in Political Science, a student will need to attain 36 credits. For additional information, see our Honors page.

Minimum Competence Requirement

A grade of C- or better is required for all courses submitted in fulfillment of the Political Science major (including 33 hours in PLSC and required related courses).

A grade of C- or better is required for all courses submitted in fulfillment of the Political Science major (including 33 hours 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-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.

For information on writing requirements for "double" or "triple" majors, consult the Multiple Majors section of the Undergraduate Bulletin, or the Office of the Dean of the College.

Internships

Political affairs, legal affairs, or other specially designed internships are available for qualified Political Science majors and other students for Political Science or interdepartmental credit. Additional information may be obtained from the department chair, and for information on the Albany Semester, State Legislative, or Washington Programs, see the section on Political and Legal Affairs internships in the Undergraduate Bulletin.

Minor in Political Science

18 semester hours in Political Science, with a minimum of 12 semester hours above the 100-level, and a minimum of three semester hours at the 300-level. Minors in International Relations, Legal Studies, Conflict Studies, Public Administration, and Religious Studies are directed by members of the department. See also additional information in the Undergraduate Bulletin.

Certification in Adolescence Education (7-12): Social Studies

The Bachelor of Arts program can be planned so that the New York State initial certification requirements are met.  For more information, consult the School of education section of the Undergraduate Bulletin.