Program Learning Objectives
- To increase knowledge of the political science discipline; its principal theoretical frameworks and applications, conceptual vocabulary, and methods of inquiry; its major subfields of study; and its interrelationships with the other social science fields.
- To increase understanding of basic facts and concepts about the American political system, including its history, philosophical, constitutional and legal foundations, leading political values and ideas, governing institutions, and policy making processes.
- To increase knowledge of diverse political systems around the world, including empirical area-based knowledge; broader theoretical understanding of different political systems, institutions and processes; and the changing domestic and global contexts within which they operate.
- To increase knowledge of the history of classical and modern political thought; of the fundamental values and ethical issues contested in politics over time; and of alternative moral and ethical frameworks for interpreting and evaluating contemporary political discourses.
- To increase recognition of the major problems, the leading policies, and the legal issues confronting contemporary political systems, particularly in the U.S.
- To increase acquisition of citizenship skills, ethical values, and the ability to understand and appreciate human diversity; and to engage in community life as active citizens.
- To increase understanding of political science research and analytical skills, including the ability to think critically; to construct logical arguments; to collect, analyze, and interpret evidence and data; and to formulate reasoned conclusions.
- To increase development of writing skills through research papers, essay exams, senior projects in political science topics, and collaborative research/writing opportunities with faculty.
- To provide opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students to link theory and practice and to apply political science knowledge and skills to actual problem-solving and community service.
- To increase awareness of career options available with an undergraduate degree in political science; its utility in the public and private sectors; and its value as entry into a range of graduate programs, teaching positions, and legal education.
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|
|Introduction to Cultural Geography|
|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