Political Science: General Political Science, 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.

Minimum 9 course units in Political Science. 6 course units 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 Electives20
Major Requirements
Core Requirement
Select 2 course units of the following:2
Introduction to Comparative Politics
Introduction to American Politics
Introduction to International Relations
Ancient Political Thought
Modern Political Thought
Subfield Requirement
Select 1 course in three of the four subfields:3
American Politics
Comparative Politics
International Relations
Political Theory
PSCI or Major Related Electives
Select 7 course units of PSCI or Major Related Electives 27
Total Course Units32
1

You may count no more than one course toward both a Major and a Sector requirement. For Exceptions, check the Policy Statement.

2

A maximum of three non-PSCI allowed.

Honors

Applicants must have 3.3 overall GPA and a 3.6 GPA in all PSCI courses taken in the major.

PSCI 497Political Science Honors (Fall of Senior Year)1
PSCI 499Independent 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 2017 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.