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.

Program-specific curriculum:

Prerequisite
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 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 2043Honors Microeconomics
HONR 2044Honors Macroeconomics
NSC 2126Sea Power and Maritime Affairs
NSC 2160Evolution of Warfare
NSC 2180Amphibious Warfare
The program strongly recommends that students take 12 credits in introductory foreign language and statistics.
Required
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 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 2339Comparative Political Economy
PSC 2366Russian Politics
PSC 2367Human Rights
or PSC 2367W Human 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
or PSC 2377W Comparative Politics of the Middle East
PSC 2379Politics and Foreign Policy of Israel
PSC 2381Comparative Politics of Sub-Saharan 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
or PSC 2218W Legislative Politics
PSC 2219Political Parties and Interest Groups
PSC 2220Public Opinion
PSC 2221African-American Politics
PSC 2222Science, Technology, and Politics
PSC 2223Campaigns and Elections
PSC 2224Issues in Domestic Public Policy
PSC 2225Women and Politics
PSC 2228Media, Politics, and Government
PSC 2229Media and Politics
PSC 2230Law and Justice: The View from Hollywood
PSC 2240Poverty, Welfare, and Work
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
or PSC 2442W International Organizations
PSC 2444Public International Law
PSC 2446U.S. Foreign Policy
PSC 2447American Presidents at War
PSC 2449International Security Politics
or PSC 2449W International Security Politics
PSC 2451Theory of War
or PSC 2451W Theory of War
PSC 2453U.S. Foreign Policy Perspectives
PSC 2454Humanitarianism
PSC 2455Global Governance
PSC 2461European-Atlantic Relations
PSC 2468Post-Soviet Foreign Policy
PSC 2475International Relations of East Asia
PSC 2476The Arab-Israeli Conflict
or PSC 2476W The 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 D (research methods)
PSC 2101Scope and Methods of Political Science
PSC 2102Visualizing and Modeling Politics
Group E (political thought)
PSC 2105Major Issues of Western Political Thought I
PSC 2106Major Issues of Western Political Thought II
or PSC 2106W Major Issues of Western Political Thought II
PSC 2107Twentieth-Century Political Thought
PSC 2108Freedom and Equality
PSC 2110American Political Thought
PSC 2120Freedom in American Thought and Popular Culture
or PSC 2120W Freedom in American Thought and Popular Culture
PSC 2991Special Topics in Political Thought
Proseminar
PSC 3192WProseminar: 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.