Begin to establish a portfolio that demonstrates competency in your field.
Questions about political science?
Stop by the Department of Political Science (3302 Friedmann) to be assigned an advisor. Your department advisor will help you declare your major or minor. You will then be eligible for our honors program and consideration for department awards.
Start your major or minor slip in your freshman year or as soon as possible. The major or minor slips are NOT the same as the declaration form. Major and minor slips require a list of all the courses that will be used to complete the program requirements. These slips must then be signed by your faculty advisor and when completed, turned in to the College of Arts and Sciences advising office for your graduation audit.
Things to discuss with your advisor:
Declaring a political science major
Visit the department in 3308 Friedmann Hall to fill out a declaration form. At that time you will be assigned to a faculty advisor. There are no requirements to enroll in the major or concentrations, but only coursework with a "C" or better counts toward degree requirements in the major.
Choosing a minor
Political sciences minors are enrolled in over 40 different programs and are primarily concentrated in history, Spanish, Arabic, sociology, criminal justice, communications, philosophy, global and international studies, Russian, psychology, business, French and English.
Courses new students should take first
First: PSCI 2000 National Government and PSCI 2400 Introduction to Comparative Politics or PSCI 2500 International Relations 6-7 hours
Second (in any order): Any political theory course (PSCI 3600-3630), any comparative politics course (PSCI 3400-3500 or 4400-4420), and any American politics elective (PSCI 3000-PSCI 3250. PSCI 3200 is recommended for students interested in law school). 10-11 hours
Third: additional courses will depend on your concentration (American Public Policy, International and Comparative Politics. Public Law, or Standard major). See your faculty advisor to select these courses. 9-12 hours.
Last: Second semester junior or senior year (in any order) PSCI 3660 Scope and Methods and/or PSCI 3950 Quantitative Methods and PSCI 4940 (or other writing intensive course - 4050, 4210, 4500) 6-9 hours
Courses to consider outside your major
For the American public policy concentration, we recommend a minor or additional coursework in economics or accounting. Talk to your advisor about courses that might be appropriate for your major/minor combination.
What texts are required for the courses?