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Bachelor of Arts in Political Science Requirements

Degree Requirements Effective FALL 2007

39 Units Required in Major
120 Units Required for B.A.
Required Courses:    2 Courses (6 units)

Political Science POSC 100 and POSC 300 are required

Concentration Requirement: 6 Courses (18 units)

  • Take eighteen units in one of the three areas of concentration: (1) Law, Politics and Policy; or (2) Political Theory; or (3) Global Politics.  Three lower-division units and fifteen upper-division units must be taken in the chosen area of concentration, including the senior seminar in that area.

Breadth Requirement:  

5 Courses (15 Units)

  • Fifteen units, no more than six of which may be from your area of concentration; no more than three of which may be lower-division.  Must include at least three units of a practicum.

Concentration Fields:

  • Law, Politics and Policy: 210, 212, 311, 312, 321, 322, 323, 326, 327, 328, 329,  412, 414, 417, 418, 419, 422, 423, 424, 429, 430, 431, 432, 447, 448, 449
  • Political Theory: 225, 301, 303, 304, 306, 308, 401, 409
  • Global Politics: 215, 218, 220, 353, 357, 358, 362, 367, 371, 376, 378, 450, 455, 461I, 463, 469, 481, 482, 485, 486, 489

General Practicum Courses

  • General: 100, 300, 300B, 388I, 391, 395I, 490H, 491H, 492H, 493, 494I, 496, 497, 498, 499
  • Practicum: 378, 417, 418, 447, 448, 450, 496, 498

PLEASE NOTE:

  • POSC 100, the 200-level concentration requirement, and POSC 300 must be completed by the end of the junior year.
  • Students CAN use courses from the General area (#4 above) to fulfill their Breadth Requirement but NOT their Concentration requirement.
  • Do not take POSC 391 if you have credit for POSC 100 at CSULB or if you have fulfilled the General Education category D2b (U.S. Constitution and Ideals).
  • POSC 323 meets the General Education Human Diversity requirements and applies toward major requirements.
  • POSC 388I, 395I, 461I, and 494I meet the General Education Interdisciplinary Course requirement and apply toward the major requirements

POSC MAJOR REQUIREMENTS WORKSHEET

Major Requirements Prior to Fall 2007

Political science majors must complete a total of 39 units in the major. Every major must take:

  • POSC 100: Introduction to American Government (or POSC 391, American Government): 3  units
  • POSC 300: Scope and Methods of Political Science: 3 units

In addition, every major must take one upper division course in each of the department’s six subfields: 18 units

  • International Relations: 3 units
  • Comparative Politics: 3 units
  • Political Theory: 3 units
  • Public Law: 3 units
  • American Government: 3 units
  • Public Policy and Administration: 3 units
  • Students then “concentrate” in one of these subfields by taking two additional courses in it, including the Senior Seminar in that subfield (e.g., POSC 409, 419, 429, 449, 469, or 489): 6 units
  • Finally, majors take an additional three courses (9 units). Any upper division course may be used to satisfy this requirement. A maximum of two lower division courses (6 units) may be used to satisfy this elective requirement. In addition, a maximum of 6 units of internship may be used to fulfill degree requirements: 9 units