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Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of General Studies in Political Science

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First- and Second-Year Preparation

Prospective majors should enroll in all 3 introductory courses, or their honors equivalents, in their first 2 years.

  • POLS 110 Introduction to U.S. Politics
  • POLS 150 Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • POLS 170 Introduction to International Politics

Admission to the Major

Admission Requirements

Course Requirements

Prospective majors should enroll in all 3 introductory courses, or their honors equivalents, in their first 2 years.

  • POLS 110 Introduction to U.S. Politics
  • POLS 150 Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • POLS 170 Introduction to International Politics

Grade-Point Average Requirements

A grade-point average of 2.3 in the admission courses is required. After this requirement is met, students should apply to the major by filling out a Major Declaration form, available at the main department office. Upon verification of the required grade-point average, a departmental representative signs the form. Students must meet with departmental advisers to declare the major. Faculty advisers are listed by their fields of expertise on the political science undergraduate website. Students are strongly urged to apply to the major by the beginning of the junior year. Suggestions for completing the political science major in a timely manner are found on the website. KU’s course repeat policy applies to the grade-point average calculation.

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