Majoring in Political Science

The political science undergraduate major provides a comprehensive study of political institutions and processes. Students acquire an in-depth understanding of political issues while developing critical thinking and research skills. Students who major in political science often pursue a variety of academic opportunities and professional experiences including research opportunities and internships. Political science majors go on to careers in law, public policy, business, research, non-profit organizations, campaigns, consulting, and related professions.

Majors can focus on one of four subfields:

  • American Politics

  • Comparative Politics

  • Law and Public Policy

  • Political Theory

Students may also develop their own area of concentration, with the approval of the POSC department. Click here for detailed information on the Political Science Major.

 

B.A. REQUIREMENTS

POSC majors must complete nine courses (36 units) in Political Science. For course descriptions, please see the USC Course Catalogue or the Schedule of Classes.

1. Lower Division Requirement (8 units)

Two of the following courses: POSC 100, 110, 120, 130.

2. Distribution Requirement (16 units)

One upper-division course from each of the following sub-fields (total of 4 courses):

American Politics
POSC 300, 311, 315, 320, 321, 323, 325, 328, 334, 335, 420, 421, 422, 423, 424m, 425, 427, 428, 437, 439 

Comparative Politics
POSC 350, 351, 352, 354, 355, 356, 358, 360, 363, 365, 366, 430, 431, 450, 451, 453, 456, 463, 464, 469

Law and Public Policy
POSC 333, 340, 343, 345, 347, 426, 432, 435, 436, 440, 441m, 442m, 443, 444, 448a, 448b, 452

Political Thought
POSC 370, 371, 374, 375, 377, 380, 381, 476, 479

3. Elective Requirement (12 units)

Three additional courses, at least two of which must be upper-division (300- or 400-level courses).

Click here for detailed information on the Political Science Major.

 

For more information, or to declare Political Science as your major, please meet with an Undergraduate Advisor in POSC's Academic Advising office.



  • Department of Political Science