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 1001Introduction to Comparative Politics
PSC 1002Introduction to American Politics and Government
PSC 1003Introduction to International Politics (or the equivalent)
Two courses in either economics or history*, and an additional four courses in the social sciences chosen from the following departments: ANTH (except ANTH 1001, ANTH 1005, or 3400s), COMM, GEOG, HMSR, LING, SMPA (except SMPA 2112, SMPA 3236, SMPA 2117), ORSC, PSYC, SPHR, SOC, IAFF, PSTD*, and WSTU*. Also, students can choose from the following courses:
HONR 2043Honors Microeconomics
HONR 2044Honors Macroeconomics
NSC 2126Sea Power and Maritime Affairs
NSC 2160Evolution of Warfare
NSC 2180Amphibious Warfare
Twelve credit hours of introductory foreign language and statistics are strongly recommended

In addition to the CCAS General Education Requirements list of courses in social and behavioral sciences, courses in history, peace studies, and women’s studies are considered social sciences for this requirement.

Required courses in the major:
30 credits of upper-division political science courses including:
PSC 2101Scope and Methods of Political Science
One course selected from each of the following groups:
Group A (comparative politics):
PSC 2330Comparative Politics of Western Europe
PSC 2331Comparative Politics of Central and Eastern Europe
PSC 2332European Integration
PSC 2334Global Perspectives on Democracy
PSC 2336State–Society Relations in the Developing World
PSC 2337Development Politics
PSC 2338Nationalism
PSC 2366State–Society Relations in the Developing World
PSC 2367Human Rights
PSC 2368Politics in the Two Koreas
PSC 2369Comparative Politics of South Asia
PSC 2370Comparative Politics of China and Northeast Asia
PSC 2371Politics and Foreign Policy of China
PSC 2373Comparative Politics of Southeast Asia
PSC 2374Politics and Foreign Policy of Japan
PSC 2377Comparative Politics of the Middle East
PSC 2379Politics and Foreign Policy of Israel
PSC 2381Comparative Politics of Middle and Southern Africa
PSC 2383Comparative Politics of Latin America
PSC 2993Special Topics in Comparative Politics
Group B (American government and politics):
PSC 2211State and Urban Politics
PSC 2212State and Urban Policy Problems
PSC 2213Judicial Politics
PSC 2214U.S. Constitutional Law and Politics I
PSC 2215U.S. Constitutional Law and Politics II
PSC 2216The American Presidency
PSC 2217Executive Branch Politics
PSC 2218Legislative Politics
PSC 2219Political Parties and Interest Groups
PSC 2220Public Opinion
PSC 2222Science, Technology, and Politics
PSC 2223Campagins and Elections
PSC 2224Issues in Domestic Public Policy
PSC 2225Women and Politics
PSC 2228Media, Politics, and Government
PSC 2229Media and Politics
PSC 2367WHuman Rights
PSC 2377WComparative Politics of the Middle East
PSC 2992Special Topics in American Politics and Government
Group C (international politics, law, and organizations):
PSC 2439International Political Economy
PSC 2440Theories of International Politics
PSC 2442International Organizations
PSC 2444Public International Law
PSC 2446U.S. Foreign Policy
PSC 2449International Security Politics
PSC 2461European-Atlantic Relations
PSC 2468Post-Soviet Foreign Policy
PSC 2475International Relations of East Asia
PSC 2476The Arab-Israeli Conflict
PSC 2478International Relations of the Middle East
PSC 2482African International Politics
PSC 2484International Relations of Latin America
PSC 2994Special Topics in International Relations
Group E (political thought):
PSC 2105Major Issues of Western Political Thought I
PSC 2106Major Issues of Western Political Thought II
PSC 210720th-Century Political Thought
PSC 2108Freedom and Equality
PSC 2110American Political Thought
PSC 2120
PSC 2991Special Topics in Political Thought
No more than 3 credits of the following may be credited toward the major; this course does not satisfy the distribution requirement:
PSC 2987Internship: Political Science
Specific group credit for offerings of the following is determined by the undergraduate advisor:
PSC 2990Selected Topics
Every major must complete the following (which counts toward the 30-credit requirement but does not satisfy group distribution requirements) in the junior or senior year. A graduate course may be substituted for the proseminar requirement with the written permission of the instructor and the undergraduate advisor:
PSC 3192WProseminar: Political Science

The general education curriculum of Columbian College engages students in active intellectual inquiry across the liberal arts. Students achieve a set of learning outcomes that meaningfully enhance their analytical skills, that develop communication competencies, and that invite them to participate as responsible citizens, attentive to issues of culture, diversity, and privilege.

Course work for the general education curriculum includes 24 credits of approved analytic courses in quantitative and scientific reasoning and in critical and creative thinking. Students engage diverse viewpoints by incorporating 3 credits of courses into that program that include global or cross-cultural perspectives and 3 credits that include local/civic engagement. Students must also demonstrate written and oral communication skills through 13 credits of approved course work.

The general education curriculum is a “living curriculum” and therefore will change from year to year. Courses added to the curriculum are generally available to students immediately after being approved; some are phased in as deemed appropriate. As such, it is essential that students consult with their professional academic advisors. The basic distribution of the curriculum follows.

Analysis—3 credits in mathematics or statistics (quantitative reasoning); 6 credits in natural and/or physical laboratory sciences (scientific reasoning); 6 credits in social sciences (quantitative, scientific, critical, or creative thinking); 6 credits in humanities (critical or creative thinking); 3 credits in art: visual, performing, critical, or historical practices (critical or creative thinking).

Perspective—3 credits that include a global or cross-cultural perspective; 3 credits that include local/civic engagement

Communication—4 credits in UW 1020 University Writing; 2 Writing in the Disciplines (WID) courses; 3 credits in oral communication. Note: UW 1020 University Writing must be taken before enrolling in the WID courses, and the WID courses must be taken in separate semesters. One of the two WID courses may double count toward the Analysis and/or Perspective course work. The oral communication course may count toward the Analysis and/or Perspective requirements, or it may be met through major requirements.

Courses taken to fulfill any of the general education requirements may also be counted toward the major. With some exceptions made for transfer students, courses fulfilling these requirements must be completed in residence at the University. A full list of approved courses is maintained by the Office of Undergraduate Studies.

Students may apply for graduation with Special Honors. To qualify, a student must fulfill the general requirements stated under University Regulations and have a GPA in the major of 3.5 or higher. Those with a GPA in the major of 3.8 and higher will then be recommended for Special Honors. Those with a GPA in the major between 3.5 and 3.7 must complete an independent research project, usually done in PSc 3192, that has been approved as meriting Special Honors by two members of the Political Science faculty.