Students majoring in political science must complete 5 units (10 semester courses) in the subject. Those courses must include work in the following subfields:
- Political Theory
PSCI 220 The Classical Quest for Justice and
PSCI 221 Modern Quest for Justice
- American Politics
PSCI 200 Liberal Democracy in America and
Any semester course numbered from 300 through 315
- Comparative Politics
PSCI 240 Modern Democracies
- International Relations
PSCI 260 International Relations
Every major must also take 1/2 unit of work in either comparative politics or international relations beyond the introductory courses in those subfields, and at least one political science seminar, each of which is limited to fifteen students. The introductory course in political science, PSCI 101Y-102Y (Quest for Justice), is designed for first-year students and is recommended for all students considering a major in political science.
There are a number of upperclass electives open to students without any prerequisites, but we encourage students seeking an exposure to political science to begin with the core courses of our curriculum: PSCI 101Y-102Y; 200; 220 and 221; 240; and 260.