Majoring in political science will help you expand your knowledge of American politics, comparative government, international politics, political theory and methods of political analysis. Students who major in political science may also choose to follow a program of concentration in policy studies and civic leadership.

Course Requirements

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To graduate with honors in political science, you must:

  • Maintain an overall minimum GPA of 3.5
  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.5 in courses within the major
  • Complete 6 (18 hours) non-interim courses for honors credit, with a minimum of four honors courses within the major
  • Complete an honors thesis that meets the guidelines of the political science department
  • Earn at least a B+ in each political science honors course you take
  • Make a formal commitment to graduate with honors by fall of your senior year

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Internship experience

Political science majors, particularly those who do not anticipate pursuing either law school or some graduate program shortly after graduation, are encouraged to enroll in internship programs.

Students can complete an internship for a maximum of 6 semester hours in Internship in Politics and Government (POLS-380), as well as internships through our Washington D.C. semester program. Interested students should contact the department's internship director, Professor Pelz.

To be admitted to the political science major you must have completed POLS-101, 110, 214, or 207 with a minimum grade of C (2.0).

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