Requirements for Acceptance as a Major

Course Prerequisites

Students should have completed at least two introductory courses (POLS 001, 002, 003, 004, 010) before the end of the sophomore year. This is the normal prerequisite for further work in the department.

Grade Requirements

We consider student applications to join the Department individually, taking into account each student's background and college performance to date.

Normally, the following expectations apply:

  1. For acceptance as a course major, the department expects performance at the C level in all college courses and at the C+ level in courses in Political Science (including courses graded Credit/No Credit).
  2. For acceptance as a double major, the department expects performance at the B level in all college courses and at the B+ level in courses in Political Science (including courses graded Credit/No Credit).
  3. For Honors majors grade requirements, see below.

Prerequisites for Individual Courses

Students should note that certain courses and seminars have specific prerequisites. Consult the College Catalogue or website for details.