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2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
2023-2024 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Baccalaureate Degree Requirements Advising Sheet

Political Science B.A.

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View information for the Department of Political Science and Public Administration , including Learning Objectives for the department and its programs.

View the degree program Roadmap, which provide recommended advising maps to complete the degree program. Please consult your academic advisor as you develop your academic plan.

The principal objectives of the undergraduate program are:

  • To expose students to diverse concepts and theories in the major sub-areas of the discipline.
  • To encourage students to think critically and creatively about politics.
  • To provide appropriate pre-professional instruction to students who intend to enter graduate school, pursue a career in law or governmental affairs, or study for a teaching credential.


1. Complete the Baccalaureate Degree Requirements.

A student must comply with all University regulations and satisfy the following requirements:

  1. Units and Residency  (minimum of 120 units: 40 units of upper division coursework and 30 semester units at Stanislaus State. At least 24 of these 30 units must be earned in upper-division courses, at least 12 must be in the major, and at least 9 must be applicable to General Education-Breadth requirements)
  2. Grade Point Average  (minimum grade point average of 2.0 (C) or better)
  3. General Education  (minimum of 49 units)
  4. Upper Division Writing Proficiency  (minimum of 3 units)
    - Writing Proficiency (WP) Course (may double count in the major)
  5. United States Constitution and California State and Local Government  (minimum of 3 units)
  6. Multicultural Requirement  (minimum of 3 units) (may double count with General Education requirements or in the major)

Subsequently all students must submit an application for graduation and receive approval from the major advisor, department chair, and Director of Academic Advising. For more information see the Baccalaureate Degree Requirements .

2. Complete the following prerequisites to the major:

(6-10 units)

a. Required courses in the major field:

(6 units)

b. Strongly recommended:

3. Complete the major:

(34 units)

  • 1 additional course in Political Theory (3-4 units)
  • 2 courses in American Politics (6-8 units)
  • 1 course in Comparative Politics (3-4 units)
  • 1 course in International Relations (3-4 units)
  • Political Science electives as approved by major adviser (11-16 units)

4. Completion of a minor is not required.

5. Eight units of coursework graded exclusively CR/NC may be applied to the major.


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