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Major in Political Science

Political Science Major forms

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Political Science Major Requirements

Political Science majors complete 39 credits in political science. In addition, majors must satisfy a specific cognate requirement in selecting their distribution courses for the Bachelor of Arts degree. Students must maintain at least a 2.0 GPA in the major in order to graduate.

Important note:
courses offered by Policy Studies ("PST" courses) do not count towards Political Science major or minor requirements!

Foundation Courses

Twelve (12) credits required. These courses should generally be taken in the first or second year.

  • PSC 101 - Introduction to American Politics
  • PSC 151 - Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • PSC 161 - Introduction to International Relations
  • PSC 171 - Introduction to Political Theory

Math

MTH 104 or 120 is a prerequisite for PSC 349.

  • MTH 104 - Fundamentals of Statistics or MTH 120 - Quantitative Reasoning

Research Methods

Three (3) credits required.

  • PSC 349 - Political Science Research Methods

Internship

Three (3) internship credits are required; up to fifteen (15) Internship credits may be earned.

Recommended in senior year; may be waived in lieu of a study abroad of at least 4-weeks duration plus an upper-division course in PSC. You can review the internship blog for opportunities.

  • PSC 305 - Internship

Specialized Courses

Seven (7) courses, a total of twenty-one (21) credits. PSC courses must be above the 100 level, and may not include PSC 349 or PSC 305.

One of these 7 courses must be a non-Western course in any department (can also count toward other degree requirements).

  • A maximum of 2 of the 6 PSC courses can be completed at PSC 200 level
  • A minimum of 2 of the 6 PSC courses must be completed at PSC 400 level

Upper division courses (PSC 300+) must be taken in a minimum of 2 of the 4 main subfields: American Politics/Policy, Comparative Politics, International Relations, Political Theory

American Politics/Policy Subfield

  • PSC 301 - The Presidency
  • PSC 302 - The Legislative Process
  • PSC 304 - Bureaucratic Politics
  • PSC 306 - Civil Rights Movements in the United States
  • PSC 311 - State Politics
  • PSC 312 - Massachusetts Politics
  • PSC 313 - Urban Politics
  • PSC 315 - Public Policy in America
  • PSC 322 - Constitutional Law
  • PSC 323 - Civil Liberties and Rights
  • PSC 325 - Politics and Media
  • PSC 326 - Labor Relations: Law, Practice, and Policy
  • PSC 331 - Political Parties and Interest Groups
  • PSC 332 - Sex Roles and Politics
  • PSC 333 - Political Behavior
  • PSC 334 - Elderly Affairs in American Politics
  • PSC 338 - Women as Citizen
  • PSC 339 - Women and Public Policy
  • PSC 341 - Governmental Society
  • PSC 342 - Public Administration
  • PSC 343 - Business and Government
  • PSC 345 - Politics of Public Health
  • PSC 346 - Global Environmental Politics
  • PSC 347 - Environmental Law
  • PSC 348 - Ocean Policy and Law
  • PSC 400 - Seminar: Topics in American Politics & Policy
  • PSC 434 - Seminar on American National Institutions

Comparative Politics Subfield

  • PSC 360 - Politics and Governments of Western Europe
  • PSC 361 - Chinese Government and Politics
  • PSC 362 - Topics in Comparative Politics
  • PSC 363 - Politics and Government of the Middle East
  • PSC 364 - Politics and Government of South Asia
  • PSC 365 - Comparitive Constitutional Law
  • PSC 366 - Islam and Politics
  • PSC 367 - African Political Systems
  • PSC 368 - Politics of the Post Communist World
  • PSC 369 - Transitions to Democracy
  • PSC 370 - Latin-American Politics
  • PSC 373 - Cape Verdean Politics and Society
  • PSC 390 - Current Issues in Politics and Policy
  • PSC 393 - Portugal and the European Union
  • PSC 394 - The Politics of European Integration
  • PSC 395 - Politics and Development of Modern Portugal
  • PSC 450 - Topics in Comparative Politics
  • PSC 451 - Politics of Developing Countries

International Relations Subfield

  • PSC 346 - Global Environmental Politics
  • PSC 381 - Contemporary International Relations
  • PSC 382 - American Foreign Policy
  • PSC 383 - The Politics of International Economic Relations
  • PSC 384 - International Organizations
  • PSC 385 - Multiculturalism and Diplomacy
  • PSC 386 - International Conflict
  • PSC 450 - Topics in Comparative Politics
  • PSC 464 - Seminar on International Human Rights Policies
  • PSC 473 - Seminar on Rules of War

Political Theory Subfield

  • PSC 320 - American Political Thought I
  • PSC 321 - American Political Thought II
  • PSC 351 - Modern Political Thought
  • PSC 352 - Classical Political Thought
  • PSC 353 - Non-Western Political Thought
  • PSC 354 - Contemporary Political Thought
  • PSC 357 - Marxian Political Theory
  • PSC 400 - Seminar: Topics in American Politics & Policy

Total Credits: 39
Total Credits including one 3-credit math course: 42

General Education Departmental Requirements

Students majoring in Political Science will meet their departmentally-determined General Education requirements as follows:

Area E

Satisfied by:

  • PSC 101 - Introduction to American Politics

Area G

Satisfied by:

  • PSC 151 - Introduction to Comparative Politics or PSC 161 - Introduction to International Relations

Area M

Satisfied by:

  • MTH 104 - Fundamentals of Statistics or MTH 120 - Quantitative Reasoning

Area O

Satisfied by two (2) PSC 400-level seminars.

Area I, Tier 2

Satisfied by:

  • PSC 349 - Political Science Research Methods

Area W, Tier 1

Satisfied by two courses:

  • ENL 101 - Critical Writing and Reading I
  • ENL 102 - Critical Writing and Reading II

Area W, Tier 2

Students may choose a course from approved “W” (writing) courses.

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