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Major and Minor Programs

Guide to Majors

Major in Political Science

The major in Political Science is comprised of 30 credits, including 15 credits of required courses, distributed among the four subfields: American National Government (105), Comparative Political Systems (208 or 209), International Relations (245), Western Political Thought I or Western Political Thought II (317 or 318) and Advanced Seminar or Quantitative Analysis (436 or 427). Students may design their own course of study for the remaining 15 credits, in consultation with faculty advisors. No more than six credits taken at the 100 level can apply toward the major.

Optional Pre-Law Concentration in Political Science

Requirements:  All political science majors are required to meet all existing requirements (30 credits, including 15 required credits and 15 elective credits).  Students concentrating in Pre-Law choose 12 of their 15 elective credits from the following approved courses.

POSC 203:  THE AMERICAN CONGRESS
POSC 290:  AMERICAN POLITICAL THOUGHT
POSC 292W:  PUBLIC POLICY
POSC 326W:  CONSTITUTIONAL LAW AND POLITICS:  CIVIL LIBERTIES AND CIVIL RIGHTS
POSC 327W:  CONSTITUTIONAL LAW AND POLITICS:  THE POWERS OF GOVERNMENT
POSC 385:  INTERNATIONAL LAW AND ORGANIZATION
POSC 409:  PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
POSC 413:  HUMAN RIGHTS:  POLITICS AND POLICY
POSC 424:  WOMEN AND POLITICS

Political science majors may also be interested in other courses related to law offered elsewhere in the College, although these are not required for the Pre-Law concentration.  For a list of these courses, please refer to the Pre-Law Program Website:  http://www.duq.edu/academics/schools/liberal-arts/undergraduate-college/programs/pre-law/courses.  Students can major in any discipline and succeed in law school.

Minor in Political Science

The minor in Political Science encompasses 15 credits and can involve specialization in one of the four subfields, or a broader program designed to reflect student interests. No more than three credits at the 100 level can apply toward the minor.

Double Major

Students in the College of Liberal Arts may double major and every year a number of Political Science majors take advantage of this opportunity. Work in almost any other discipline can complement the study of politics. Students may want to consider a double major in light of career goals, or simply to deepen and give greater coherence to their undergraduate educations.

For Current Students:

Declaring Your Major in Political Science

Use this link to log into DORI and complete the Major/Minor Declaration Form.

(Log into DORI > index> Liberal Arts> Resources for Undergraduate Students >Major/Minor Declaration Form.)

Once you have submitted the Major/Minor Declaration Form, the form will be sent to the Department.

  • You will be notified by the Department that the form has been received.
  • You will need to make an appointment to meet with Dr. Dunham, the Chair of the Department, to declare your major officially.
  • You will then need to make an appointment with the Department's Administrative Assistant to take an assessment exam.