Political Science

Starting a major

  • Students should begin the major by taking any of the 100-level courses offered each year.
  • Note that a maximum of three 100-level courses can count towards the nine courses required for the major.

Are there courses students MUST, SHOULD, or CAN take their First Year?

  • Must: Students can begin the major sophomore year.
  • Should: One or two 100-level courses in different subfields (e.g., American politics, international relations).
  • Can: A 200-level course that builds on completed 100-level course may be appropriate in some instances. (Students should wait until sophomore or junior year, and until they have completed three political science courses, to take PSCI 220.)

Credit for previous coursework/Placement

  • Students may count up to two credits for courses completed at other institutions, which include scores of 4 or 5 in relevant AP exams, off-campus courses, or transfer courses includes PSEO. Full policy is explained on our webpage.
  • Excepting AP credit, students must get the chair’s approval in writing for any transfer courses they wish to count towards the major.

Informational Events

  • Departmental information session (Week One)
  • Advising open house during Quiet Week (email invitations sent to all students enrolled in a political science class or on department interest list from Week One session).