This page outlines requirements for the degree in Politics (BA, Politics). Students can also study this subject as a minor or as part of a self-designed major (BA or BS, Liberal Arts).
The Politics major has a four-tier structure. Each tier marks a distinct level of engagement with political concepts, processes, and institutions. After acquiring content knowledge and methodological skills at the lower levels,
students progress to the upper levels and continue to develop their own perspectives on politics.
Thirteen courses are required for successful completion of the Politics major. Distributions and prerequisites for these courses are outlined in the table below, followed by a list of courses meeting the requirements under each tier of study. For updated course listings that meet these requirements, email email@example.com.
Students must take one course in three of the following four subfields:*
U.S. Politics, which
focuses on the politics of the United States and the Americas in domestic and
which examines the politics of one or more countries or alternate units of
analysis through a comparative lens.
International Relations and Global Politics, which focuses on relations between countries and the
increasing ambiguity of the nation-state as a pertinent unit of analysis.
Political Theory, which
examines normative, conceptual, analytic, and diagnostic questions through the
lens of political thinkers from ancient through contemporary times.
*One core course requirement can be fulfilled
with a ULEC course or Freshman Seminar taught by a Politics professor. At least
two core courses must be LPOL 2000-level courses (or transfer equivalent).
This tier allows students to draw on relevant coursework in economics, history, anthropology, sociology, philosophy, psychology, humanities, and the arts to develop their knowledge of politics and power. It also invites students to put into practice their knowledge of politics by doing an internship or taking a civic engagement or study abroad course.
Students must take three courses from an approved list of non-LPOL classes. At least one of these courses must be an internship, study abroad experience, or civic engagement course.
Sample 2013-2014 courses fulfilling the interdisciplinary requirement (email firstname.lastname@example.org for updated lists by semester):
Students can take any six LPOL classes at the 3000 and 4000 levels.
Students must complete two core classes (one in the relevant subfield) or
attain junior or senior status to enroll. Sample courses:
In the fourth and final tier, students choose between writing an individual honors thesis and joining a senior capstone seminar.
The honors thesis is written under the direct supervision of a Department of Politics faculty member and provides students with valuable experience conceptualizing, researching, writing, and presenting an original scholarly work in politics. The honors thesis is researched and written over the course of an academic year; upon completion, students develop and deliver a public presentation of their findings in a suitable academic forum. Students electing to write an honors thesis must meet minimum GPA requirements and receive approval from a supervising faculty member.
The capstone seminar offers students an opportunity to produce original work that may include research, political intervention, education, or institution building. Reflecting on the political knowledge acquired in previous courses, students (either individually or collaboratively) design a unique project. The shape and substance of the project will vary depending on the year and the instructor. Examples include
Only specific courses satisfy the major requirements, including electives. Courses should be chosen carefully, in consultation with the chair of the program. Students are encouraged to download the Program Requirement Worksheet for this subject to track their progress. Students must receive grades of C or better in all courses taken to fulfill major requirements.
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Program ContactDeva WoodlyDirector of Undergraduate StudiesDepartment of Politics6 East 16th Street, room email@example.com x3134