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Political Studies Major Requirements

Political Studies Core Courses

  • POL326 Introduction to American Politics (3)
  • POL343 U.S. Constitutional History (3)
  • POL354 The Christian & Politics (3)
  • POL365 Western Political Philosophy I (3)
  • POL366 Western Political Philosophy II (3)
  • POL393 Introduction to Political Research (3)
  • POL492 Senior Seminar in Political Studies (3)

Total core courses (21)

American Politics Emphasis Courses

  • Political Studies Core Major Courses (21)
  • Additional upper division Political Studies electives (9)
  • Four of the following (12)
    • POL325 Political Parties & Elections (3)
    • POL333 The Presidency (3)
    • POL334 Congress 
    • POL336 Political Communication (3)
    • POL353 U.S. Diplomatic History (3)
    • POL466 The Federalist Papers (3)

Total units required for emphasis (42)

Political Theory Emphasis Courses

  • Political Studies Core Major Courses (21)
  • Additional upper division Political Studies electives (9)
  • Four of the following (12)
    • POL455 Christian Political Thought (3)
    • POL464 Machiavelli (3)
    • POL466 The Federalist Papers (3)
    • POL473 American Political Thought I (3)
    • POL474 American Political Thought II (3)

Total units required for emphasis (42)

Constitutional Law Emphasis Courses

  • Political Studies Core Major Courses (21)
  • Additional upper division Political Studies electives (9)
  • Four of the following (12)
    • POL423 The Judicial Process (3)
    • POL424 Law & Public Policy (3)
    • POL435 Introduction to Constitutional Law (3)
    • POL445 The Church as a Legal Institution (3)
    • POL446 The Supreme Court & the Bill of Rights (3)
    • POL466 The Federalist Papers (3)

Total units required for emphasis (42)


Minor in Political Studies

For a minor in political studies, the following courses are required:

  • POL220 United States Government (3)
  • Upper Division Political Studies Electives (21)

Total units required for minor (24)