Program Learning Objectives
- Subject Matter Expertise: Through their curricular and co-curricular work, students will demonstrate expertise in political science and its subfields, as well as its relationship to the broader worlds of study and practice.
- Critical Thinking: Students will demonstrate critical thinking through their coursework and/or co-curricular activities.
- Working Productively and Communicating Effectively: Through their coursework and/or co-curricular activities, students will demonstrate their ability to work productively, both alone and in groups, their knowledge of the principles of effective communication, and their ability to communicate the results of their work effectively through a variety of tools and techniques.
- Ethics, Diversity and Sustainability: In the context of coursework and/or co-curricular activities, students will demonstrate that they have the knowledge and skills necessary to make reasoned decisions, and that they can bring an understanding of the politics surrounding and the value of ethics, diversity and sustainability to bear on those decisions.
- Lifelong Learning and Positive Contribution: Through their coursework and/or co-curricular activities, students will demonstrate that they have the knowledge and skills to engage in lifelong learning aimed at making a positive contribution to society.
Degree Requirements and Curriculum
In addition to the program requirements listed on this page, students must also satisfy requirements outlined in more detail in the Minimum Requirements for Graduation section of this catalog, including:
- 60 units of upper division courses
- Graduation Writing Requirement (GWR)
- 2.0 GPA
- U.S. Cultural Pluralism (USCP)
Note: No major, support or concentration courses may be selected as credit/no credit.
|POLS 112||American and California Government (D1) 1||4|
|POLS 180||Political Inquiry||4|
|POLS 225||Introduction to International Relations||4|
|POLS 229||Introduction to Comparative Politics||4|
|POLS 230||Basic Concepts of Political Thought||4|
|POLS 359||Research Design||4|
|POLS 361||Data Analysis in Political Science||4|
& POLS 462
|Senior Project I|
and Senior Project II
|Political Science Electives (300-400 level) 2||16|
|Political Science Diversity and Inclusion Course 3|
|Select from the following:||4|
|Political Violence and Conflict Resolution|
|The Politics of Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality (USCP)|
|Civil Rights in America (USCP)|
|Religion and Politics in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict|
|Feminist Legal Theory|
|Social Movements and Political Protest|
|Voting Rights and Representation (USCP)|
|U.S. Reproductive Politics|
|The Politics of Poverty|
|Concentration courses or individualized course of study||28|
|Select from the following: 4||4|
|Cultural Anthropology (D3)|
|Human Geography (D3)|
|Western Civilization: Ancient to Renaissance|
|Western Civilization: Reformation to the Present|
|World History, 1000 - 1800 (D3)|
|World History, 1800 - Present (D3)|
|Comparative Societies (D3)|
|STAT 217||Introduction to Statistical Concepts and Methods (B1) 1||4|
|Select from the following: Any 200 or 300-level ES or WGS course||4|
|GENERAL EDUCATION (GE)|
|(See GE program requirements below.)||64|
|FREE ELECTIVES 4|
Required in Major/Support; also satisfies GE.
A total of 4 units of either POLS 386 or POLS 387 may count toward upper division Political Science electives. A total of 4 units of either POLS 386 or POLS 387 may count towards the concentration. A total of 4 units of either POLS 386 or POLS 387 may count toward Free Electives. Any combination of POLS 386 and POLS 387 may be taken for a maximum of 12 units total credit for the degree.
Political Science Diversity and Inclusion course cannot be double-counted from concentration courses.
If a GE course is used to satisfy a support, elective, or concentration requirement, additional units of Free Electives may be required to complete the 180 total unit requirement.
Concentrations or Individualized Course of Study (select one)
Individualized Course of Study
A minimum of 28 units of coursework are selected by the student and approved by the student's academic advisor. 20 of these must be at the 300–400 level and 16 units must carry a POLS prefix.
General Education (GE) Requirements
- 72 units required, 8 of which are specified in Major and/or Support.
- See the complete GE course listing.
- Minimum of 12 units required at the 300 level.
|A3||Reasoning, Argumentation and Writing||4|
|Area B||Math, Science, and Quantitative Reasoning|
|B1||Mathematics/Statistics (4 units in Support plus 4 units in GE) 1||4|
|B4||One lab taken with either a B2 or B3 course|
|B5||Area B elective (select one course from B1-B5)||4|
|B7||Upper-division elective 2||4|
|Area C||Arts and Humanities|
|C4||Upper-division elective 2||4|
|Area D||Society and the Individual|
|D1||The American Experience (Title 5, Section 40404 requirement) (4 units in Major) 1||0|
|D3||Comparative Social Institutions 2||4|
|D5||Upper-division elective 2||4|
|Area E||Lifelong Learning and Self-Development|
Required in Major/Support; also satisfies GE.
Requirement may be fulfilled if a GE course is used to fulfill a support, elective, or concentration requirement. If so, additional units of free electives may be needed to complete the total units required for the degree.