Major in Political Science


(printable progress sheet)

30 credits of political science courses, including both core and elective courses:

Core Courses (15 credits):

POSC 105: American National Government
POSC 208 or 209: Politics of Great Powers or Politics of Emerging Powers
POSC 245: International Relations
POSC 298: Introduction to Political Analysis
POSC 317W or 318W: Western Political Thought I or II

Elective Courses (15 credits):

Any political science courses (except courses taken to fulfill core requirements).
No more than six elective credits at the 100 level.
Capstone: at least three of the 15 elective credits must be at the 400 level (other than Internship classes) and taken for a letter grade (not P/F).
Optional: one or more concentrations.

Follow this sequence of courses in registering for courses.

Check your progress in the major regularly, using this printable Progress Sheet!


Political science majors may choose from four concentrations which will appear on transcripts along with the major:

  • Law & Politics
  • American Politics & Policy
  • International Politics
  • National Security & Civil LIberty

Requirements and list of approved concentration courses.

Deeply interested in politics? Enhance your political science major by taking two or even three concentrations! Each will appear on your transcript, to show graduate schools and employers. 

Declaring Your Major in Political Science:

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