Standard Concentration, Political Science (BA)

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The standard concentration is for students who want to explore courses in all sub-fields offered in the political science major. 

Course Requirements

Core Courses: 8 quarter hours

Course Title Quarter Hours
Select two of the following:8
PSC 120THE AMERICAN POLITICAL SYSTEM4
PSC 130INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL THEORY4
PSC 140INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS4
PSC 150INTRODUCTION TO COMPARATIVE POLITICS4

Intermediate Courses: 20 quarter hours

Course Title Quarter Hours
PSC 200POLITICAL INQUIRY4

Four courses: 16 quarter hours - choose one course each from four of the following five sub-fields:

  • Political culture (PSC 210 through PSC 219)
  • American institutions (PSC 220 through PSC 229)
  • Political theory (PSC 230 through PSC 239)
  • International relations (PSC 240 through PSC 249)
  • Comparative politics (PSC 250 through PSC 259)

Advanced Courses: 16 quarter hours

Four courses from at least two of the following areas:

  • Methodology (PSC 300 through PSC 309)
  • Political Culture (PSC 310 through PSC 319)
  • American Politics (PSC 320 through PSC 329)
  • Political Thought (PSC 330 through PSC 339)
  • International Relations (PSC 340 through PSC 349)
  • Comparative Politics (PSC 350 through PSC 359)
  • Public Law (PSC 360 through PSC 369)
  • Civic Engagement (PSC 380 through PSC 389)

PSC Electives: 12 quarter hours

  • Three additional PSC courses at the 200 or 300 level

Open Electives

Open elective credits are required in order to meet the minimum graduation requirement of 192 hours. These courses are to be selected in consultation with the student's faculty adviser and may include courses in fields such as economics, history, English, sociology, etc. Students may choose to use their open electives as part of a minor or to complete a double major.