College of Arts & Sciences

Political Science Department


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GEP Signature Courses (See Curricula): six courses

GEP Variable Courses (See Curricula): six to nine courses, including

Social/Behavioral Sciences: POL 111 Introduction to American Government


GEP Overlays (See Curricula): three courses, with POL 40-409 satisfying Writing Intensive overlay

GEP Integrative Learning Component: three courses

  • ECN 102 Introduction to Macro Economics
  • MAT 118 Statistics
  • Any upper division ECN, HIS, PHL, PSY, SOC or continuing Foreign Language course beyond the GEP requirements.

GEP Electives: at least nine courses

Major Concentration: twelve courses

3 Introductory Courses, in addition to POL 111 Intro to American Government:: 
POL 113 Introduction to Comparative Politics
POL 115 Introduction to International Politics
POL 117 Introduction to Political Thought

and 1 Intermediate course, either
POL 201 Sophomore Seminar:  Law and Social Change OR
POL 231 Sophomore Seminar:  1989/2011 - Revolution, Democracy, and Authoritarian Stability

Ideally majors take this course in the Spring of their sophomore years, after having completed at least two introductory courses.

7 Upper Division Courses:
6 POL courses, numbered POL 209-495, excluding POL 231 and
1 POL Internship for credit in Philadelphia, Washington, or abroad numbered POL 411-414 or POL 491

1 Senior Seminar:

1 Senior Seminar from among POL 400-409

The Department strongly recommends that all students take the appropriate introductory course prior to enrolling in an upper division class.
Requirements for Departmental Honors
Students with an average of at least 3.5 GPA in political science may apply to the chair for Departmental Honors. Fulfillment of the requirement includes honors research (POL 2953-2963), and an oral defense.

Minors in Political Science

A minor in Political Science or International Relations is a great choice for students who are interested in the world around them.  The Justice & Ethics and the Law minor emphasizes the ethics, corporate, social and political structures that underline the law.

Teacher Certification for Secondary Schools
The Political Science Department offers a special degree for students who want to be Political Science majors and teach in secondary schools.  For the special curriculum, visit the Advising Support Center.

Frequently Used Forms

Download and complete Pre Registration Advising Form prior to meeting with your advisor.

Download and Complete the Political Science Major Requirements prior to meeting with your advisor.