Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Political Science
The following requirements must be fulfilled:
The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Undergraduate Programs.
|PSC 1001||Introduction to Comparative Politics|
|PSC 1002||Introduction to American Politics and Government|
|PSC 1003||Introduction to International Politics (or the equivalent)|
|Two courses in either economics or history,* and an additional four courses in the social sciences selected from the following departments: ANTH (excluding ANTH 1001, ANTH 1005, and courses in the 3400 range), COMM, GEOG, HMSR, LING, SMPA (excluding SMPA 2112, SMPA 3236, and SMPA 2117), ORSC, PSYC, SPHR, SOC, IAFF, PSTD,* and WGSS.* Students also may choose from the following courses:|
|HONR 2043||Honors Microeconomics|
|HONR 2044||Honors Macroeconomics|
|NSC 2126||Sea Power and Maritime Affairs|
|NSC 2160||Evolution of Warfare|
|NSC 2180||Amphibious Warfare|
|The program strongly recommends that students take 12 credits in introductory foreign language and statistics.|
|Ten upper-division political science courses for a total of 30 credits, including one course from each of the following groups:|
|Group A (comparative politics)|
|PSC 2330||Comparative Politics of Western Europe|
|PSC 2331||Comparative Politics of Central and Eastern Europe|
|PSC 2332||European Integration|
|PSC 2334||Global Perspectives on Democracy|
|PSC 2336||State–Society Relations in the Developing World|
|PSC 2337||Development Politics|
|PSC 2339||Comparative Political Economy|
|PSC 2366||Russian Politics|
|PSC 2367||Human Rights|
|or PSC 2367W||Human Rights|
|PSC 2368||Politics in the Two Koreas|
|PSC 2369||Comparative Politics of South Asia|
|PSC 2370||Comparative Politics of China and Northeast Asia|
|PSC 2371||Politics and Foreign Policy of China|
|PSC 2373||Comparative Politics of Southeast Asia|
|PSC 2374||Politics and Foreign Policy of Japan|
|PSC 2377||Comparative Politics of the Middle East|
|or PSC 2377W||Comparative Politics of the Middle East|
|PSC 2379||Politics and Foreign Policy of Israel|
|PSC 2381||Comparative Politics of Sub-Saharan Africa|
|PSC 2383||Comparative Politics of Latin America|
|PSC 2993||Special Topics in Comparative Politics|
|Group B (American government and politics)|
|PSC 2211||State and Urban Politics|
|PSC 2212||State and Urban Policy Problems|
|PSC 2213||Judicial Politics|
|PSC 2214||U.S. Constitutional Law and Politics I|
|PSC 2215||U.S. Constitutional Law and Politics II|
|PSC 2216||The American Presidency|
|PSC 2217||Executive Branch Politics|
|PSC 2218||Legislative Politics|
|or PSC 2218W||Legislative Politics|
|PSC 2219||Political Parties and Interest Groups|
|PSC 2220||Public Opinion|
|PSC 2221||African-American Politics|
|PSC 2222||Science, Technology, and Politics|
|PSC 2223||Campaigns and Elections|
|PSC 2224||Issues in Domestic Public Policy|
|PSC 2225||Women and Politics|
|PSC 2228||Media, Politics, and Government|
|PSC 2229||Media and Politics|
|PSC 2230||Law and Justice: The View from Hollywood|
|PSC 2240||Poverty, Welfare, and Work|
|PSC 2992||Special Topics in American Politics and Government|
|Group C (international politics, law, and organizations)|
|PSC 2439||International Political Economy|
|PSC 2440||Theories of International Politics|
|PSC 2442||International Organizations|
|or PSC 2442W||International Organizations|
|PSC 2444||Public International Law|
|PSC 2446||U.S. Foreign Policy|
|PSC 2447||American Presidents at War|
|PSC 2449||International Security Politics|
|or PSC 2449W||International Security Politics|
|PSC 2451||Theory of War|
|or PSC 2451W||Theory of War|
|PSC 2453||U.S. Foreign Policy Perspectives|
|PSC 2455||Global Governance|
|PSC 2461||European-Atlantic Relations|
|PSC 2468||Post-Soviet Foreign Policy|
|PSC 2475||International Relations of East Asia|
|PSC 2476||The Arab-Israeli Conflict|
|or PSC 2476W||The Arab-Israeli Conflict|
|PSC 2478||International Relations of the Middle East|
|PSC 2482||African International Politics|
|PSC 2484||International Relations of Latin America|
|PSC 2994||Special Topics in International Relations|
|Group D (research methods)|
|PSC 2101||Scope and Methods of Political Science|
|PSC 2102||Visualizing and Modeling Politics|
|Group E (political thought)|
|PSC 2105||Major Issues of Western Political Thought I|
|PSC 2106||Major Issues of Western Political Thought II|
|or PSC 2106W||Major Issues of Western Political Thought II|
|PSC 2107||Twentieth-Century Political Thought|
|PSC 2108||Freedom and Equality|
|PSC 2110||American Political Thought|
|or PSC 2120W||Freedom in American Thought and Popular Culture|
|PSC 2991||Special Topics in Political Thought|
|PSC 3192W||Proseminar: Political Science (taken in the junior or senior year) **|
*In addition to the CCAS General Education Requirements list of courses in social and behavioral sciences, courses in history, peace studies, and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies are considered social sciences for this requirement.
**Students in the major must take at least one offering of PSC 3192W Proseminar: Political Science, which counts toward the 30-credit requirement but does not satisfy group distribution requirements.
NOTE: No more than 3 credits of PSC 2987 Internship: Political Science may be credited toward the major. Additionally, PSC 2987 Internship: Political Science does not satisfy the upper-division distribution requirement.
Specific group credit for offerings of PSC 2990 Selected Topics is determined by the undergraduate advisor.
In addition to the University General Education Requirement, undergraduate students in Columbian College must complete a further, College-specific general education curriculum—Perspective, Analysis, Communication, or G-PAC. Together with the University General Education Requirement, G-PAC engages students in active intellectual inquiry across the liberal arts. Students achieve a set of learning outcomes that enhance their analytical skills, develop their communication competencies, and invite them to participate as responsible citizens who are attentive to issues of culture, diversity, and privilege.
G-PAC approved courses, Dean's Seminars, and Sophomore Colloquia that may be available for registration are listed on the CCAS Advising website.
Coursework for the University General Education Requirement is distributed as follows:
- Writing—one approved course in university writing and two approved writing in the disciplines (WID) courses.
- Humanities—one approved course in the humanities that involves critical or creative thinking skills.
- Mathematics or Statistics—one approved course in either mathematics or statistics.
- Natural or Physical Science—one approved laboratory course that employs the process of scientific inquiry.
- Social Sciences—two approved courses in the social sciences.
Coursework for the Columbian College general education curriculum is distributed as follows:
- Arts—one approved course in the arts that involves the study or creation of artwork based on an understanding or interpretation of artistic traditions or knowledge of art in a contemporary context.
- Global or Cross-Cultural Perspective—one approved course that analyzes the ways in which institutions, practices, and problems transcend national and regional boundaries.
- Humanities—one approved course in the humanities that involves critical thinking skills (in addition to the one course in this category required by the University General Education Requirement).
- Local or Civic Engagement—one approved course that develops the values, ethics, disciplines, and commitment to pursue responsible public action.
- Natural or Physical Science—one approved laboratory course that employs the process of scientific inquiry (in addition to the one course in this category required by the University General Education Requirement.
- Oral Communication—one course in oral communication.
Certain courses are approved to fulfill the requirement in more than one of these categories.
Courses taken in fulfillment of G-PAC also may be counted toward majors or minors. Transfer courses taken prior to, but not after, admission to George Washington University may count toward the University General Education Requirement and G-PAC, if those transfer courses are equivalent to GW courses that have been approved by the University and the College.
In addition to the general requirements stated under University Regulations, in order to be considered for graduation with Special Honors, a student must have a GPA in upper level Political Science courses of 3.7 or higher.
The GPA in upper level PSC classes is calculated using only PSC upper level or 2000, 3000, and 4000 level classes with no substitution classes and no transfer classes.
The designation of Honors appears on the student's transcript, not on the diploma.