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2021/2022 University Catalog 
2021/2022 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Political Science, B.A. in Liberal Arts and Sciences

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(Major Code: 22071) (SIMS Code: 115501)

All candidates for a degree in liberal arts and sciences must complete the graduation requirements listed in Graduation Requirements . A total of 40 upper division units must be taken, of which 30 must be selected as described in the major. No more than 48 units in political science courses can apply to the degree.

A minor is not required with this major.

Preparation for the Major

(12 units)

These prerequisite courses may not be taken Cr/NC. The minimum grade in each class is C (2.0) or better.

Language Requirement

Competency (successfully completing the third college semester or fifth college quarter) is required in one language other than English to fulfill the graduation requirement. Refer to section of catalog on “Graduation Requirements .”

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement

Passing the Writing Placement Assessment with a score of 10 or completing POL S 390W  or another approved upper division writing course (W) with a grade of C (2.0) or better. See “Graduation Requirements ” section for a complete listing of requirements.

International Experience

The department encourages international experience for its majors. It will facilitate the transfer of political science credits for appropriate study abroad, student exchange, or other overseas programs. International internships may also receive political science credit, if approved in advance by a department adviser.


A minimum of 30 upper division units to include 27 upper division units in political science (excluding POL S 390W ).


Provided that at least three units are taken in each field; and a three unit capstone requirement, fulfilled by POL S 495 , POL S 497B , POL S 498 , or any 500-level political science course.

Field II. American Politics

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