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2009-2010 Academic Catalog 
2009-2010 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Political Science B.A.

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

The principal objectives of the undergraduate programs 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 University General Education breadth requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree.

(51 units minimum)

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2. Complete the following prerequisites to the major:

(6-10 units)

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.

Eight units of CR-graded coursework in courses graded exclusively CR/NC may apply toward the major.