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2021-2022 University Catalog 
2021-2022 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Political Science, B.A.

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(120 units)

The Bachelor of Arts in Political Science provides students with a broad understanding of the roles of institutional and non-institutional actors in politics and policy-making, both in the United States and cross-nationally. Specifically, the curriculum provides: opportunities for students to develop knowledge and understanding of different theories and methods of studying politics; proficiency in the use of various tools of analysis, including research and data analysis techniques; the importance of interdisciplinary knowledge; the practice of politics through internships and other experiential programs; and the ability to communicate clearly, critically and intelligently about politics. A major in political science prepares students for law school, government employment on the local, state and national levels, foreign service, teaching, business, journalism, or leadership in civic and political activities.

In addition to the requirements for the major, students must meet all other university requirements for a bachelor’s degree. Please consult the Graduation Requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree  section in this catalog for complete information POSC 100 , a graduation requirement for all students, is not part of the major, but is a prerequisite to further work in political science. No more than 12 units total may be in the lower division.

Political Philosophy Requirement (3 units)

Related Fields (6 upper-division units)

Students must complete six approved units in related disciplines. The department maintains a list of pre-approved courses that students can obtain from an adviser, the department office or their Titan Degree Audit (TDA). Students who wish to use other courses from related disciplines should obtain the approval of a department adviser.

Upper-Division Writing Requirement

Political Science majors fulfill the university’s upper-division writing requirement by completing two upper-division classes specially approved for this purpose. Please check with the department office for a current list of qualifying classes.

Electives for the Major (21 units)

Choose seven other courses in political science sufficient to achieve a total of 42 units. Three of the courses (9 units) must be at the 400-level. The upper-division writing requirement is normally fulfilled by choosing appropriate electives.

Total (120 units)

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