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).
Students must receive grades of C or better in all courses taken to fulfill major requirements. Only specific courses satisfy the major requirements, including electives. Courses should be chosen carefully, in consultation with the chair of the program. Track your progress using the program requirements worksheet (PDF) for the year in which you declared your major in Politics:
For worksheets for years earlier than 2011, please see your academic advisor.
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. To see a general list of Politics courses offered, visit the
Lang Course Finder. For updated course listings that meet the requirements below, email
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 global context.
Comparative Politics, 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 write a senior thesis in the Politics Senior Capstone Seminar.
The capstone seminar offers students an opportunity to produce original work that may include research, political intervention, education, or institution building. While in the capstone, students are encouraged to seek out the valuable experience of Politics faculty in helping to conceptualize, research, and write original scholarly work in politics. Reflecting on the political knowledge acquired in previous courses, students design a unique project with the guidance of the capstone instructor and feedback from their peers. The shape and substance of the projects will vary depending on student inspiration, interests, and expertise, as well as the political context and the questions it gives rise to in a given year. Examples include:
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