Program: B.A., Political Science
Law and Society
This Option offers students an in-depth study of public law and the philosophies upon which our legal system is based. The Option may be selected by students who wish to pursue a career in law or to prepare for careers in government, politics and public offices within public and nonprofit organizations or the private sector.
1. Basic Requirements (12 Units)
POLS 155 American Political Institutions (3)
or POLS 355 American National, State and Local Governments (3)
POLS 156 Introduction to Comparative Politics (3)
or POLS 225 Elements of International Relations (3)
POLS 350 Great Questions in Politics (3)
or POLS 411 Greek, Roman and Medieval Political Theory (3)
or POLS 412 Modern Western Political Theory (3)
or POLS 414 Western Political Theory in the 20th Century (3)
POLS 372 Principles and Methods of Political Science (3)
2. Advanced Requirements in Upper Division (36 units)
Choose three courses in Domestic Politics and Policy (9 units)
Choose three courses in Global Politics and Policy (9 units)
Choose two Proseminars (POLS 471 A-F) (6 units)*
Choose four Electives: Must include two of the following: POLS 450, 455, 457A or 457B.
May also include ENGL 407, PHIL 390, PHIL 446, PHIL 460, SOC 434 (12 units).
*Internship (POLS 491I), Judicial Internship (494J), Model United Nations (427A/L or 427B/L) or The Politics of Community Action (449) may be substituted for 3 units of 471.
Domestic: POLS 360, 361, 380, 403, 404, 405, 406, 407, 413, 440, 441, 442, 443, 444, 445, 446, 447A, 448, 449,
450, 455, 457A, 457B, 458, 460, 461, 462, 463, 465, 466, 467, 469/L, 471A, 471E and 471F.
Global: POLS 310, 321, 330, 332, 410, 420A, 420B, 420C, 420D, 420E, 420F, 420G, 420H, 421, 422, 423, 424, 426, 427A/L, 427B/L, 428, 429, 430, 431, 432A, 432B, 433A, 433C, 434A, 434B, 435A, 435B, 436A, 438, 439A, 439B, 448, 471B, 471C, 480 and 481.
Students may not double count Political Science and GE courses. POLS 155 or 355 meets both major and Title 5 Requirement Courses in the major and all Title 5 and General Education courses must be taken for a letter grade. They may not be taken Credit/No Credit. POLS 155 or 355 partially fulfill Title 5 requirement.
Total Units in the Major: 48
General Education Units: 48
Additional Units: 24
Total Units Required for the B.A. Degree: 120
Chair: Lawrence Becker
Sierra Hall (SH) 210
Student Learning Outcomes
Completion of a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science will provide the student with the basic concepts, theories, research methodology and empirical findings within the discipline of political science; a knowledge of Western and non-Western political systems, processes, values and patterns of interaction among these systems; an understanding of the political institutions through which public plans are formulated and implemented; and a working knowledge of research designs, measurement, computer-assisted data analyses, use of the Internet and the ability to interpret the result of using these tools.