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||Quantitative Methodology||4|
& POLS 462
|Senior Project I|
and Senior Project II
|Political Science electives (300-400 level) 2||20|
|Concentration courses or individualized course of study||28|
|Select from the following:||4|
|Western Civilization: Ancient to Renaissance|
|Western Civilization: Reformation to the Present|
|World History, 1000 - 1800|
|World History, 1800 - Present|
|STAT 217||Introduction to Statistical Concepts and Methods (B1) 1||4|
|GENERAL EDUCATION (GE)|
|(See GE program requirements below.)||64|
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 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.
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||Science and Mathematics|
|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|
|Area C||Arts and Humanities|
|Area D/E||Society and the Individual|
|D1||The American Experience (Title 5, Section 40404 requirement) (4 units in Major) 1||0|
|D3||Comparative Social Institutions||4|
|D4||Self Development (CSU Area E)||4|
|D5||Upper-division elective (no POLS course)||4|
Required in Support; also satisfies GE