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First-Year Focus


First-year students are encouraged to begin with our 200-level gateway courses or the introductory methods courses. Here is a list of courses recommended for first-year students for the 2020-2021 academic year. Please note that course offerings are subject to change until registration begins before each quarter.


The 200-level gateway courses provide a general introduction to subfields of political science as well as background for 300-level courses. Three gateway courses are required for the major: 


A methodology course is required for the major. We recommend starting with one of the introductory methods courses during your first or second year:


Department advisors are available most days of the week during the academic year to answer your questions about the major, minor, and course selection. 

Prospective majors/minors can find more information on the major/minor and course offerings:

If you have decided to declare Political Science as your major or minor, it is a simple process. See the How to Declare page for instructions.

For both Weinberg College and university academic advising:

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