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Degrees & Programs

Degrees & Programs


To graduate with a political science major, students must complete 33 credit hours, normally 11 courses, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in the department. All majors must complete two introductory courses:

  • PSC 101: Politics and PSC 102: Empirical Analysis,preferably by the end of their sophomore year.
  • Additionally, majors must take one course in each of the four major subfields: 
    • American politics, 
    • comparative politics, 
    • political theory, 
    • and international relations 
    • (see the Major Fields Table below).  
  • Students must also complete four PSC electives, which can be any four PSC courses of their choosing. HPM 408 and SOC 342 may also count as PSC electives towards completion of the degree.
  • Finally, all majors take a Capstone Seminar, typically during the senior year.  

Major Fields Table

American Politics
  • PSC 201-American Politics
  • PSC 211-Public Administration
  • PSC 300-Law and Society
  • PSC 303-Urban Politics
  • PSC 305-Legislative Process
  • PSC 306-The American Presidency
  • PSC 310-American Foreign Policy
  • PSC 311-American Constitutional Law
  • PSC 312-Civil Liberties
  • PSC 315- Elections and Electoral Behavior
  • PSC 316-Political Parties and Interest Groups
  • PSC 317-Comparative State Politics
  • PSC 318-American Public Policy
  • PSC 319-Political Attitudes and Public Opinion
  • PSC 416-Race and Politics in the Americas
  • PSC 425-Mass Media
Comparative Politics
  • PSC 205-Comparative Politics
  • PSC 320–Comparative Asian Politics & Government
  • PSC 324–Gov’t. and Politics of Russia and the Former Soviet Union
  • PSC 325–Comparative Revolutions
  • PSC 329-Middle East Politics
  • PSC 333–European Politics
  • PSC 334–African Politics
  • PSC 336-Latin American Politics
  • PSC 416–Race and Politics in the Americas
Political Theory
  • PSC 204-Political Theory
  • PSC 341-Classical Political Theory
  • PSC 342-Modern Political Theory
  • PSC 343-Contemporary Political Theory
  • PSC 344-Democratic Theory
  • PSC 348-American Political Theory
International Relations
  • PSC 207-International Relations


Requirements: To graduate with a political science minor, students must complete 6 courses (18 credit hours), including PSC 101 and PSC 102, plus four more political science courses of their choosing.

Political Honors Program

The Political Science Department’s Honors Program is for qualified juniors and seniors.

The Honors Program requires:

  • Twelve courses in Political Science (instead of the normal eleven)
  • At least one seminar course in Political Science 
  • A two-semester thesis project (during the senior year) under the guidance of a member of the faculty 
  • Students interested in the Department’s Honors Program should have an outstanding record and should talk with faculty about the process during their junior year. Successful completion of the Political Science Honors Program will be noted on the student’s academic transcripts. ​