BA in Political Science

 

students writing in Political Science class

 

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science complete 30 credits from core subject areas in political science. The department offers nearly 100 undergraduate classes, including special opportunities like the Politics and Values Program. Students also complete a required proseminar as juniors or seniors, in which they examine a political issue and produce scholarly writing on the topic.

For those eager to expand their horizons with travel, on-the-ground research and professional experience, the department offers study abroad and internship opportunities, which may be eligible for course credit.

 

 


Anna LoRocco Masi

Anna LaRocco Masi

BA '18

“I interned in the office of Sen. Tammy Duckworth. … I’d like to run for office someday. GW helped me gain the skills and the confidence I need to get there.”


Course Requirements

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Undergraduate Programs.

Program-specific curriculum:

Prerequisite
PSC 1001Introduction to Comparative Politics
PSC 1002Introduction to American Politics and Government
PSC 1003Introduction to International Politics (or the equivalent)
Two courses in either economics or history,* and an additional four courses in the social sciences selected from the following departments: ANTH (excluding ANTH 1001, ANTH 1005, and courses in the 3400 range), COMM, GEOG, HMSR, LING, SMPA (excluding SMPA 2112, SMPA 3236, and SMPA 2117), ORSC, PSYC, SPHR, SOC, IAFF, PSTD,* and WGSS.* Students also may choose from the following courses:
HONR 2043Honors Microeconomics
HONR 2044Honors Macroeconomics
NSC 2126Sea Power and Maritime Affairs
NSC 2160Evolution of Warfare
NSC 2180Amphibious Warfare
The program strongly recommends that students take 12 credits in introductory foreign language and statistics.
Required
Ten upper-division political science courses for a total of 30 credits, including one course from each of the following groups:
Group A (comparative politics)
PSC 2330Comparative Politics of Western Europe
PSC 2331Comparative Politics of Central and Eastern Europe
PSC 2332European Integration
PSC 2334Global Perspectives on Democracy
PSC 2336State–Society Relations in the Developing World
PSC 2337Development Politics
PSC 2338Nationalism
PSC 2339Comparative Political Economy
PSC 2366Russian Politics
PSC 2367Human Rights
or PSC 2367W Human Rights
PSC 2368Politics in the Two Koreas
PSC 2369Comparative Politics of South Asia
PSC 2370Comparative Politics of China and Northeast Asia
PSC 2371Politics and Foreign Policy of China
PSC 2373Comparative Politics of Southeast Asia
PSC 2374Politics and Foreign Policy of Japan
PSC 2377Comparative Politics of the Middle East
or PSC 2377W Comparative Politics of the Middle East
PSC 2379Politics and Foreign Policy of Israel
PSC 2381Comparative Politics of Sub-Saharan Africa
PSC 2383Comparative Politics of Latin America
PSC 2993Special Topics in Comparative Politics
Group B (American government and politics)
PSC 2211State and Urban Politics
PSC 2212State and Urban Policy Problems
PSC 2213Judicial Politics
PSC 2214U.S. Constitutional Law and Politics I
PSC 2215U.S. Constitutional Law and Politics II
PSC 2216The American Presidency
PSC 2217Executive Branch Politics
PSC 2218Legislative Politics
or PSC 2218W Legislative Politics
PSC 2219Political Parties and Interest Groups
PSC 2220Public Opinion
PSC 2221African-American Politics
PSC 2222Science, Technology, and Politics
PSC 2223Campaigns and Elections
PSC 2224Issues in Domestic Public Policy
PSC 2225Women and Politics
PSC 2228Media, Politics, and Government
PSC 2229Media and Politics
PSC 2230Law and Justice: The View from Hollywood
PSC 2240Poverty, Welfare, and Work
PSC 2992Special Topics in American Politics and Government
Group C (international politics, law, and organizations)
PSC 2439International Political Economy
PSC 2440Theories of International Politics
PSC 2442International Organizations
or PSC 2442W International Organizations
PSC 2444Public International Law
PSC 2446U.S. Foreign Policy
PSC 2447American Presidents at War
PSC 2449International Security Politics
or PSC 2449W International Security Politics
PSC 2451Theory of War
or PSC 2451W Theory of War
PSC 2453U.S. Foreign Policy Perspectives
PSC 2454Humanitarianism
PSC 2455Global Governance
PSC 2461European-Atlantic Relations
PSC 2468Post-Soviet Foreign Policy
PSC 2475International Relations of East Asia
PSC 2476The Arab-Israeli Conflict
or PSC 2476W The Arab-Israeli Conflict
PSC 2478International Relations of the Middle East
PSC 2482African International Politics
PSC 2484International Relations of Latin America
PSC 2994Special Topics in International Relations
Group D (research methods)
PSC 2101Scope and Methods of Political Science
PSC 2102Visualizing and Modeling Politics
Group E (political thought)
PSC 2105Major Issues of Western Political Thought I
PSC 2106Major Issues of Western Political Thought II
or PSC 2106W Major Issues of Western Political Thought II
PSC 2107Twentieth-Century Political Thought
PSC 2108Freedom and Equality
PSC 2110American Political Thought
PSC 2120
or PSC 2120W Freedom in American Thought and Popular Culture
PSC 2991Special Topics in Political Thought
Proseminar
PSC 3192WProseminar: Political Science (taken in the junior or senior year) **

*In addition to the CCAS General Education Requirements list of courses in social and behavioral sciences, courses in history, peace studies, and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies are considered social sciences for this requirement.

**Students in the major must take at least one offering of PSC 3192W Proseminar: Political Science, which counts toward the 30-credit requirement but does not satisfy group distribution requirements.

NOTE: No more than 3 credits of PSC 2987 Internship: Political Science may be credited toward the major. Additionally, PSC 2987 Internship: Political Science does not satisfy the upper-division distribution requirement.

Specific group credit for offerings of PSC 2990 Selected Topics is determined by the undergraduate advisor.