Details on counting advanced placement credits for political science major

 1.   What kinds of advanced placement credits can be counted toward a St. Olaf political science major?

An Advanced Placement score of 4 or 5 received on one of the CEEB Advanced Placement examinations in Politics and Government (U.S. or Comparative) may be counted toward a St. Olaf political science major.  Additional information concerning college-wide policies on Advanced Placement credit is available on the website of the Office of the Registrar.

2.   Can advanced placement credits be used to satisfy any requirements within the major and/or any General Education requirements?

Yes:

  • A score of 4 or 5 on the U.S. Government and Politics exam is considered the equivalent of PS 111 and satisfies the subfield requirement in American Politics and Public Policy.  It also satisfies one General Education requirement in Studies in Human Behavior and Society (HBS).
  • A score of 4 or 5 on the Comparative Government and Politics exam is considered the equivalent of PS 112 and satisfies the subfield requirement in Comparative Politics.  It also satisfies one General Education requirement in Studies in Human Behavior and Society (HBS).

Please note:  Since an advanced placement credit is considered the equivalent of a Level I course, AP credit counts toward the three-course limit for Level I courses within the major.

3.   What do students need to do to make sure they receive the right amount and type of credit toward the political science major for advanced placement in political science?

If a student receives a 4 or 5 on an Advanced Placement exam in political science, AP credit will be recorded on the student’s St. Olaf transcript by the Office of the Registrar  as AP Govt/Pol U.S. or AP Govt/Pol Comp.  Students will automatically receive one Level I credit toward the major in the appropriate subfield and will receive GE credit as described above.  No additional action from the student is required.