Political Science: American Politics, BA
Political Science explores systematic approaches to understanding politics. Students may choose to take a general approach to the subject or pursue a concentration in the sub-fields of American politics, comparative politics, international relations or political theory. In addition students may select a world region for an area studies concentration. The Political Science Department's course offerings span the discipline of political science, from American political institutions, to the politics of world regions, the emergence of a new international order, and recent and ancient political ideas. The Department's curriculum is divided into the four standard fields of American politics, comparative politics, international relations, and political theories. There are also other opportunities for study in political processes of elections and communications and public policy.
The minimum total course units for graduation in this major is 32. Double majors may entail more course units.
A minimum of 9 course units in Political Science are required, of which 6 must be taken in the Political Science Department at the University of Pennsylvania (includes Washington, DC Semester). See Major Program Booklet for Transfer and AP credit restrictions.
For information about the General Education requirements, please visit the College of Arts & Sciences Curriculum page.
|College General Education Requirements and Free Electives|
|Foundational Approaches + Sectors1 + Free Electives||20|
|Select 2 course units of the following:||2|
|Introduction to Comparative Politics|
|Introduction to American Politics|
|Introduction to International Relations|
|Ancient Political Thought|
or PSCI 181
|Modern Political Thought|
|Select 1 course in three of the four subfields:||3|
|PSCI or Major Related Electives|
|Select 7 course units in PSCI or Major Related 2||7|
|Total Course Units||32|
You may count no more than one course toward both a Major and a Sector requirement. For Exceptions, check the Policy Statement.
A maximum of three non-PSCI courses are allowed.
American Politics Concentration
|Select 5 course units of Concentration courses in consultation with the faculty advisor with three course units in PSCI||5|
|Total Course Units||5|
Required: A minimum overall GPA of 3.3 and a 3.6 GPA in all PSCI courses taken in the major.
|PSCI 497||Political Science Honors (Fall of Senior Year)||1|
|PSCI 499||Independent Study - Honors (Spring of Senior Year)||1|
The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2018 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.