Political Science Major B.A./B.S & Minor

The requirements for the political science major and minor have recently changed. The requirements for students starting at PSU during or after the 2013-14 academic year are listed below and in the current PSU Bulletin. Students starting before 2013-14 may adhere to the current requirements or to the previous requirements (see previous requirements or the PSU Bulletin for your “catalog year”).

Major in Political Science

The standard major offers a traditional course of study in political science that involves some exposure to three basic areas of the discipline. In addition to meeting the University’s general education requirements, a student wishing to pursue a basic major in political science must take a minimum of 48 credits in political science distributed as follows. The distinguishing feature of the B.S. degree is that it requires either PS 295 or PS 495 as one of the Upper Division Requirements, while the B.A. does not require either of these courses. 

A minimum of 20 credits must be taken in residence at PSU.

Requirements

Lower Division Requirements

Three courses from the following four options (12 credits)


United States Government
or
United States Politics
Comparative Politics
International Politics
Introduction to Political Theory

4

4
4
4
4

 

 

 

 

 

Upper Division Requirements (36 credits)*


 
Five 400-level PS courses
Additional PS electives (minimum 12 upper division)
20
16

 

 

 
Total Credit Hours:
48

 

*One of which must be PS 295 or PS 495 to earn the B.S. degree.

 

Minor in Political Science

The minor in political science requires fewer credits than the standard major and may be combined with other majors offered at PSU. Of the 28 required course credits, students must complete at least 16 at PSU.

Requirements

Lower Division Requirements


Two courses from the following four options (8 credits):

United States Government
or
United States Politics
Comparative Politics
International Politics
Introduction to Political Theory

4

4
4
4
4

 

 

 

 

 

Upper Division Requirements


Five courses (20 credits, minimum 12 at 400-level)
 
Total Credit Hours:
28

 

All courses submitted to satisfy the requirement for a minor in political science must be passed with a grade of C or above. Students are encouraged to take political science courses that complement their academic interests and scholarly goals. The political science minor is designed to be as flexible as possible to facilitate this end. Students considering a minor in political science are strongly encouraged to consult with a political science adviser to work out an instructional program that meets their needs.