Cultural Diversity Requirement
Political Science 226, 290, 291, 293, 318, 342, 343, 344, 347, 351, 353, and 374 are options for satisfying the cultural diversity requirement.
Juniors or seniors who meet the general college honors requirements, who have made a 3.5 G.P.A. on at least four political science courses, and who can furnish convincing evidence of a special interest in and capacity for research may be admitted to the departmental honors program. Each successful applicant will develop an individualized plan of work in consultation with a professor in the department. This plan must include, in addition to the normal major requirements, the preparation of an honors thesis (POL 488). Those who maintain a 3.5 G.P.A. in all political science courses through the senior year and who produce a thesis that is judged of high quality by the department will be awarded “Honors in Political Science.”
In the case of an exceptional academic record, together with a thesis of the highest quality, the department may confer high honors.
Rationale for Course Numbering
Courses at the 100-level provide a general introduction to one area of the discipline of Political Science.
Courses at the 200- or 300-level may be appropriate for any student. Courses at the 200-level address broad topics; courses at the 300-level are more narrow in focus. There is no standard progression or consistent difference in difficulty between one level and the next.
Courses at the 400-level are seminars, most of which require instructor permission. Students wishing to take any of those courses should consult the professor directly as to suitability, given the student’s prior study.
Courses whose second digit is 0 or 1 count for the Political Theory sub-field, except 201.
Courses whose second digit is 2 or 3 count for the American Politics sub-field.
Courses whose second digit is 4 or 5 count for the Comparative Politics sub-field.
Courses whose second digit is 6 or 7 count for the International Politics sub-field
Courses whose second digit is 8 do not confer sub-field credit.
Courses whose second digit is 9 can be used to satisfy the sub-field requirement in either of two sub-fields. See the course description for which sub-fields can be satisfied by a particular course. Students choose the sub-field to which they wish to apply credits in this category.
All courses are open to non-majors.