Political Science Major—BA

Minimum of 37 semester course credits and general BA requirements

Each student must complete at least five breadth courses across the five main subfields of political science and select a major concentration. Each student must complete at least 18 semester course credits in the concentration. Finally, each student must complete a capstone research experience.

Breadth Requirement

Students must complete at least 3 semester course credits in each of the five main subfields of political science. A course cannot be used for two subfields for the breadth requirements. At least 6 of the breadth credits must be at the upper division level.

American Politics

ETHS 040/140Activism in the Digital Age3-4
ETHS 165Politics of Chicanx and Latinx Communities3-4
PPOL 093Law and Society3
PPOL 115The American Presidency3
PPOL 151Political Representation3-4
PPOL 152American Constitutional Law: Fundamental Freedoms3-4
PPOL 157Minority Political Behavior3-4

Comparative Politics

ETHS 039Latin American Social Movements3-4
ETHS 047The "Third World": Colonialism and Globalization3
ETHS 158Latin American Transnational Migration3-4
PPOL 016Comparative Politics3
PPOL 130Regime Change3-4
PPOL 142African Politics3-4
PPOL 143States and Nations3
PPOL 187Comparative Politics of Social Policy1-3

International Relations

ETHS 158Latin American Transnational Migration3-4
PPOL 017International Relations4
PPOL 150Environmental Policy Analysis4

Political Analysis

DATA 150Introduction to Data Analysis4
ECON 081Introduction to Statistics3
ECON 165Applied Econometrics3
ECON 182Modeling and Data Analysis4
MATH 102Probability and Statistics4
PPOL 100Methods of Policy Analysis4
SOC 125

Political Theory

ETHS 126Theories of Race and Ethnicity4
ETHS 150Black Feminist Theory3
PHIL 028/128Political Philosophy3
PHIL 125Philosophy of Law3
WGSS 106Postcolonial Feminist Theory and Literature3-4
WGSS 182Feminist and Queer Theories3

Concentration

Students must select a concentration and complete at least 18 semester course credits in the concentration. At least nine of the concentration credits must be at the upper division level. Additional courses not on the lists below may be counted with advisor approval.

American Politics Concentration

ETHS 040/140Activism in the Digital Age3-4
ETHS 165Politics of Chicanx and Latinx Communities3-4
ETHS 166Women of Color in Social Movements3-4
PSYC 155Social Psychology3
PSYC 158Psychology of Intergroup Relations and Prejudice3
PPOL 093Law and Society3
PPOL 115The American Presidency3
PPOL 151Political Representation3-4
PPOL 152American Constitutional Law: Fundamental Freedoms3-4
PPOL 157Minority Political Behavior3-4
WGSS 135Race, Sexuality, and the State3

Comparative Politics and International Relations Concentration

ECON 155International Trade3
ECON 158International Finance3-4
ECON 159Economic Development3-4
ETHS 039Latin American Social Movements3-4
ETHS 047The "Third World": Colonialism and Globalization3
ETHS 158Latin American Transnational Migration3-4
PPOL 016Comparative Politics3
PPOL 017International Relations4
PPOL 130Regime Change3-4
PPOL 143States and Nations3
PPOL 148Model United Nations3
PPOL 150Environmental Policy Analysis4
PPOL 187Comparative Politics of Social Policy1-3

Political Analysis Concentration

CS 080AJPython For All4
DATA 60Data Visualization3-3
DATA 150Introduction to Data Analysis4
ECON 081Introduction to Statistics3
ECON 149Strategic Behavior4-4
ECON 165Applied Econometrics3
ECON 182Modeling and Data Analysis4
ETHS 119Action Research for Social Change4
ETHS 189/190Research Methods with Communities of Color, with Fieldwork4
MATH 102Probability and Statistics4
PHIL 162Philosophy of Science3
PPOL 100Methods of Policy Analysis4
PSYC 151Research Methods in Psychology4
SOC 125
WGSS 101Feminist and Queer Research Methodologies4
WGSS 187Fieldwork Study in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies4

Political Theory Concentration

ETHS 126Theories of Race and Ethnicity4
ETHS 150Black Feminist Theory3
PHIL 028/128Political Philosophy3
PHIL 125Philosophy of Law3
PHIL 162Philosophy of Science3
WGSS 106Postcolonial Feminist Theory and Literature3-4
WGSS 135Race, Sexuality, and the State3
WGSS 182Feminist and Queer Theories3

Capstone Research Requirement

Students are required to accrue at least 4 semester course credits in active research projects. Students may choose to accomplish this requirement by completing directed research on faculty-led projects for credit or preparing a thesis in a senior seminar course offered by the Department of Public Policy and Political Science or the Department of Race, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

Honors

To receive honors in the major, students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 for all classes and a GPA of 3.7 within the major. Students must also enroll in a senior seminar course and complete the associated thesis.