Thirty-six credits which must include:
- POL 401
- At least twenty additional upper level credits. (No more than eight credits from POL 226/227 and 328/329 may count toward the major.)
- Successful completion of the departmental comprehensive examination. The exam will require that students demonstrate competency in three of the following four subfields of political science: American politics and public policy (APP), comparative politics (CMP), International Relations (INR) and Political Theory (THE). Students can determine the subfield to which a course belongs by noting the explanatory caption that appears in parentheses at the end of the course description.
- For topics courses designated POL 180, 280, and 380, consult with the instructor or political science chair to determine which subfield the course falls under.
- Departmental honors requires the completion of a senior thesis, successful defense before the department, and public presentation of the thesis