B.A. in Political Science

Political science is fundamentally about who has power in our society, why they have it, and how they use it. It is also about how people can become involved determining who wields power by learning to better understand and participate in political process locally, nationally, and internationally.

Students working towards a bachelors degree take a wide variety of courses in American government, state and local government, protest politics, international relations, law, and political research methodology. Our students have gone on to find rewarding careers as lawyers, congressional aides, public servants, staff in international organizations, professors, and several have even been elected to public office (please see our home page for a list of especially notable alumni). They live and work here in the Central Valley, in Sacramento, in Washington, D.C., and all over the world.

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MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

Total units required for major: 36 (all courses are 3 units)

Required lower division core courses (6 units)

PLSI 1 - Modern Politics

PLSI 90 - Methods of Analysis

NOTE: These courses must be completed before, or concurrently with, enrollment in the first 6 units of upper division major courses.

Required upper division core courses (12 units)

PLSI 120 - International Politics

PLSI 140 - Approaches to Comparative Politics

PLSI 150 - Public Policy Making

And one of these two courses:

PLSI 110 - History of Political Thought to Machiavelli

PLSI 111 - History of Political Thought Since Machiavelli

Remaining 18 units (6 courses) must be selected from the political science upper division (level 100 or higher) courses offered in the catalogue ( not including PLSI 101, PLSI 102, or PLSI 187).

NOTE: Credit / No Credit grading is not permitted in the political science major. Also, no course used to satisfy a General Education requirement may be used to satisfy a political science major requirement.

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

Total units required for minor: 21 (all courses are 3 units)

All students who desire a minor in political science must take PLSI 1 (Modern Politics) as well as either PLSI 110 (History of Political Thought to Machiavelli) or PLSI 111 (History of Political Thought Since Machiavelli). Six (6) units total.

The minor also requires students to take three courses (9 credits) from any of the upper division courses offered in the catalogue, excluding PLSI 101, PLSI 102, PLSI 158, and PLSI 187.

Finally, to receive a minor in political science students must take two more courses (6 units) in anthropology, economics, english, geography, history, philosophy, psychology, or sociology.