Major in Political Science

Thirty-nine units with a grade equivalent of 2.00 or higher are required for the major in Political Science. Students must complete the following requirements:

Foundation Requirements (9 Units)
Select three of the following:9
INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL SCIENCE 1
AMERICAN NATIONAL GOVERNMENT
GOVERNMENTS OF THE WORLD
INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS 1
STATE GOVERNMENT
INTRODUCTION TO LAW
HONORS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE
Research Requirement (3 Units)
POSC 301POLITICAL RESEARCH I3
Topical Areas Required Courses (12 Units)
Selct four of the following (each course must be in a different topical area):12
Topical Area: American Government and Public Administration
PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
THE PRESIDENCY
CONGRESS
JUDICIAL SYSTEM
Topical Area: Comparative Politics
THE POLITICS OF ETHNICITY AND NATIONALISM
COMPARATIVE GOVERNMENT OF FOREIGN POWERS: THE WESTERN WORLD
COMPARATIVE POLITICAL SYSTEMS
COMPARATIVE PUBLIC POLICY
Topical Area: International Relations
THEORY OF INTERNATIONAL POLITICS
COMPARATIVE FOREIGN POLICY
U.S. FOREIGN POLICY
INTERNATIONAL LAW AND ORGANIZATION
Topical Area: Law and the Judicial System
CONSTITUTIONAL LAW AND POLITICS
CIVIL RIGHTS AND CIVIL LIBERTIES: THE FIRST AND FOURTEENTH AMENDMENTS
CONSTITUTIONAL PROTECTIONS: PERSONAL LIBERTY AND THE RIGHTS OF THE ACCUSED.
THE SUPREME COURT
Topical Area: Political Theory
POLITICAL THEORY I
POLITICAL THEORY II
AMERICAN POLITICAL THOUGHT
Topical Area: State and Local Government
POLITICS OF METROPOLITAN GROWTH AND CHANGE
URBAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS
PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
Electives (12 Units)
Select four upper-division political science electives:12
Courses taken in Topical Areas cannot be used to fullfill this requirement
No more than 9 units (3 courses) of special topics courses (POSC 470-POSC 479) and internship credit (POSC 493 or POSC 494) combined may be used to fulfill the requirement
All courses must be completed with a grade equivalent of 2.00 or higher except POSC 465. “Pass” will count only for POSC 465
Seminar Requirement (3 Units)
Select one of the following: 23
SEMINAR IN AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND PUBLIC POLICY
SEMINAR IN COMPARATIVE POLITICS
SEMINAR IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
SEMINAR IN LAW AND JUDICIAL SYSTEM
SEMINAR IN POLITICAL THEORY
SEMINAR IN STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT
Total Units39
1

The honors courses POSC 102 and POSC 108 can be substituted for POSC 101 and POSC 107 respectively.

2

Specific topics of the seminars vary from term to term. Students must have completed at least 15 units in political science prior to taking the seminar. POSC 301 is also a prerequisite for each seminar course. Each seminar has its own additional prerequisites that are shown in the course listing section of this catalog. 

Suggested Four-Year Plan

Freshman
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
TSEM 102 or ENGL 102 (Core 1 or 2)3TSEM 102 or ENGL 102 (Core 1 or 2)3
MATH (Core 3)3-4POSC Foundation Requirement3
POSC Foundation Requirement3Core or Elective3
Core or Elective3Core or Elective3
Core or Elective3Core or Elective3
 15-16 15
Sophomore
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
POSC Foundation Requirement3POSC 3013
Science Core 74Science Core 83-4
Core or Elective3Core or Elective3
Core or Elective3Core or Elective3
Core or Elective3Core or Elective3
 16 15-16
Junior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
POSC Topical Area3POSC Topical Area3
POSC Topical Area3POSC Topical Area3
Elective3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
 15 15
Senior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
POSC Seminar3POSC Upper-level Elective3
POSC Upper-level Elective3POSC Upper-level Elective3
POSC Upper-level Elective3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
Elective3Elective (optional, if needed)3
 15 15
Total Units 121-123

1. Students will possess Substantive Knowledge about Politics. They will be able to describe and understand the structure and nature of politics and government.
2. Students will develop Critical Thinking Skills. They will be able to identify historical, cultural, and socio-economic assumptions that underlie politics and explain how they affect perceptions and actions.
3. Students will obtain an appreciation for the Affective Meanings of Politics. They will be able to explain the importance of politics in their attitudes and beliefs about current issues that affect local, national, and international affairs.
4. Students will acquire Skills for Learning and Life. They will be able to present articulate and persuasive arguments about politics in written and oral communications.