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.
GATEWAY COURSESThe 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:
- Poli_Sci 201 – Introduction to Political Theory
- Poli_Sci 220 – American Government and Politics
- Poli_Sci 230 – Introduction to Law in the Political Arena
- Poli_Sci 240 – Introduction to International Relations
- Poli_Sci 250 – Introduction to Comparative Politics
INTRODUCTORY METHODS COURSES
A methodology course is required for the major. We recommend starting with one of the introductory methods courses during your first or second year:
- Poli_Sci 210 – Introduction to Empirical Methods in Political Science
- Poli_Sci 211 – Introduction to Interpretive Methods in Political Science
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.
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