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2020-2021 General Catalog 
2020-2021 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Political Science, B.A.

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  Degree Requirements Units  
  General education (50, 8 units in major) 42  
  Major requirements 40*  
  General electives 38  
  Total units needed for graduation 120  

* Major requirement units (except internships) must be taken for a letter grade

Major Core Requirements

Passage of all major core requirements requires a grade of ‘C’ or better. POLS 302  is a prerequisite for POLS 498 .

*POLS 202  is strongly recommended for POLS majors.

Major Electives

One course must be taken from each of the following areas: Political Theory, International Relations, Comparative Politics, and American Government and Politics.

Political Theory

Choose one of the following six courses:


Total units in the major core: 40

Sample Four-Year Program

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

* Distribute these upper-division area courses across Junior/Senior years, according to Department offerings and/or your own personal schedule.

Note: It is recommended that majors consider taking history and economic courses as part of their elective options. Nine units of the GE requisite must be filled with upper-division courses, taken no sooner than the term in which upper-division standing (60 units) is attained. POLS 315  (Democracy, Capitalism, & Socialism) counts as both an upper-division GE course (D5) as well as an upper-division political theory course for the major.

Junior Year: 29 Units

  • Comparative Government *
  • International Relations *
  • GE 

Senior Year: 31 Units

  • Political Theory *
  • American Government *
  • Senior Seminar
  • Electives

Total Units: 120

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