BA in Political Science
Units required for Major: 39
Minimum required GPA in the Major: 2.0
The Government major complements a student's liberal arts education with an emphasis on understanding the theoretical and practical aspects of government and politics. The department offers a BA in Government, two concentrations, and the minor in Government. The Government major is structured to provide students with a background in the basic fields of political science, as well as to permit them a range of choice in completing the program. The Political Science Department offers several courses integral to interdisciplinary programs such as California Studies, Environmental Studies, Ethnic Studies, Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies, and Women’s Studies.
The department emphasizes its expectation that students seek faculty advice when planning their program. Students may ask any faculty member's assistance initially. As specific interests are developed, students may wish to seek the advice of faculty sharing their interests.
Note: Although it is not a requirement of the major, the department strongly recommends that students take an introductory statistics course as part of their undergraduate work. A course in statistics may be used to satisfy the GE requirement in mathematics.
|Required Lower Division Courses (3 Units)|
|GOVT 1||Essentials Of Government 1||3|
|Required Upper Division Courses (15 Units) 2|
|GOVT 100||Introduction to Research Methods in Political Science||3|
|GOVT 110||Political Thought I||3|
|or GOVT 111||Political Thought II|
|GOVT 120A||Constitutional Law||3|
|or GOVT 120B||Constitutional Rights and Liberties|
|GOVT 130||International Politics||3|
|GOVT 170||Public Policy Development 3||3|
|Electives (21 Units)|
|Select 21 units 4||21|
The Department recommends students take no more than two of these required courses a semester.
GOVT 170 should be taken in the final year of a student's undergraduate work.
18 of the 21 elective units must be upper division even though all 21 required elective units may be satisfied with upper division courses. GOVT 10 and GOVT 35 may be taken to fulfill 3 lower division units of the elective requirement.
Select courses from the following Fields below. A seminar and/or internship is strongly recommended.
These courses must be selected in consultation with an advisor from the Political Science Department.