New Curriculum in Political Science


Starting fall 2023, students will have more freedom to plan their courses around their career goals. The new curriculum gets rid of the subfield distribution requirements and gives students the opportunity, if they choose, to be recognized for completion of one or more career paths: Law, Justice, and Politics; Public Policy and Political Action; Global Engagement; Politics and Business; Environmental Politics and Policy. Other changes include a redesign of POL S 101 Introduction to Political Science and replacing the required methods course POL S 301 with a choice of POL S 261 Thinking Like a Political Scientist: Qualitative Methods, POL S 262 Thinking Like a Political Scientist: Quantitative Methods, or POL S 401 Political Analysis and Research.  Students will also complete at least one capstone experience: POL S 491 Senior Thesis, POL S 499 Internship, a 500-level political science class, or a department-approved study abroad. Here is a link to the new graduation requirements, and here is a FAQ for current students.