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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.

Requirements for the B.A. or B.G.S. Major

Undergraduate majors must complete a minimum of 33 credit hours of course work in the department, including the three introductory courses above and the following 2 courses or their honors equivalents:

  • POLS 301 Introduction to Political Theory
  • POLS 306 Political Science Methods of Inquiry

Of the remaining 18 required credit hours, 15 hours must be at the 400 level or above. These may be drawn from across the political science curriculum, with 3 limitations:

  1. Students must take courses at the 400 level and above from at least 2 of 5 subfields: political philosophy and empirical theory, U.S. political institutions and processes, public policy and public administration, foreign governments and comparative politics, international relations.
  2. A student may count no more than 6 hours toward the major from the following courses combined:
    POLS 493 Directed Readings (1-3)
    POLS 496 Washington Semester Fieldwork (3-6)
    POLS 497 Topeka Semester Fieldwork (3-6)
    POLS 498 Honors Thesis (3-6)
  3. A student may not count the following courses toward the major:
    POLS 494 Washington Semester Intern Seminar (3)
    POLS 495 Topeka Semester Intern Seminar (3)

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