PSC Major with a Public Policy Focus Requirements

General Requirements

For the Political Science major with a Public Policy Focus, a Columbian College student must complete the general education curriculum requirements and meet the residency, GPA, and hour requirements.

If you are in another division of the university the Columbian College core requirements do not apply.

Public Policy Focus requirements

Complete three Political Science Intro courses, 30 hours in upper level or 2000, 3000 and 4000 level Political Science courses which meet the group distribution requirement, including a Pro-Seminar (PSC 3992) and at least three policy courses, and six courses in the Social Sciences to include (if you entered prior to Fall 2013) at least 6 credits of ECON or 6 credits of HIST; (if you entered in Fall 2013 or after) to include ECON 1011-1012, and 2101 and one course selected from STAT 1051-1053-1111 and one additional course selected from STAT 1129,  2118- 2123 and STAT 2183,  and 1 additional ECON 2159-3161-3162,  SOC- 2105- 2112- 2161-2170.

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Intro courses

Number Course Name
PSC 1001 Introduction to Comparative Politics
PSC 1002 Introduction to American Politics and Government
PSC 1003 or IAFF 1005 Introduction to International Relations


  1. A score of 4 or 5 on the AP US Government exam gives credit for PSC 1002.
  2. A score of 4 or 5 on the AP Comparative Politics exam gives credit for PSC 1001.
  3. PSC 1011 and PSC 1012W, Politics and Values, count as PSC 1001, PSC 1002, and PSC 1003 as well as one Group E class.
  4. Honors Introduction to Comparative Politics counts as PSC 1001
  5. Honors Intro to American Politics and Government counts as PSC 1002
  6. Honors Introduction to International Relations counts as PSC 1003

Thirty hours of upper level PSC courses to include:

Group A, Comparative Politics

Note: PSC 1001 or the equivalent is a pre-requisite to all Group A courses.

At least one of the following courses:

Number Course Name
PSC 2330 Comparative Politics of Western Europe
PSC 2331 Comparative Politics of Central and Eastern Europe
PSC 2332 European Integration
PSC 2334 Global Perspectives on Democracy
PSC 2336 State-Society Relations in the Developing World
PSC 2337 Development Politics
PSC 2338 Nationalism
PSC 2366 Government and Politics of Russia
PSC 2367 Human Rights
PSC 2369 Comparative Politics of South Asia
PSC 2370 Comparative Politics of China and Northeast Asia
PSC 2371 Politics and Foreign Policy of China
PSC 2373 Comparative Politics of Southeast Asia
PSC 2374 Politics and Foreign Policy of Japan
PSC 2377 Comparative Politics of the Middle East
PSC 2379 Politics and Foreign Policy of Israel
PSC 2381 Comparative Politics of Middle and Southern Africa
PSC 2383 Comparative Politics of Latin America
PSC 2993 Special Topics in Comparative Politics

Group B, American Government and Politics

Note: PSC 1002 or the equivalent is a pre-requisite to all Group B courses.

At least one of the following courses:

Number Course Name
PSC 2211 African American Politics
PSC 2212 State and Urban Policy Problems
PSC 2213 Judicial Politics
PSC 2214 US Constitutional Law and Politics I
PSC 2215 US Constitutional Law and Politics II
PSC 2216 The American Presidency
PSC 2217 Executive Branch Politics (cross-listed with PPPA 2117)
PSC 2218 Legislative Politics
PSC 2219 US Political Parties and Politics
PSC 2220 Public Opinion
PSC 2221 US Political Participation
PSC 2222 Science, Technology, and Politics
PSC 2224 Issues in Domestic Public Policy (Maybe repeated if different topics).
PSC 2225 Women and Politics
PSC 2228 Media, Politics, and Government
PSC 2229 Media and Politics (cross-listed with SMPA 3428)
PSC 2230 Law and Justice: The view from Hollywood
PSC 2240 Poverty, Welfare and Work
PSC 2292 Special Topics in American Politics

Group C, International Politics, Law, and Organizations

Note: PSC 1003 or IAFF 1005 or the equivalent is a pre-requisite to all Group C courses

At least one of the following courses:

Number Course Name
PSC 2439 International Political Economy
PSC 2440 Theories of International Politics
PSC 2442 International Organizations
PSC 2444 International Law and Politics
PSC 2446 US Foreign Policy
PSC 2449 International Security Politics
PSC 2461 European-Atlantic Relations
PSC 2468 Post-Soviet Foreign Policy
PSC 2475 International Relations of East Asia
PSC 2476 The Arab-Israeli Conflict
PSC 2478 International Relations of the Middle East
PSC 2482  African International Politics
PSC 2484  International Relations of Latin America
PSC 2994  Special Topics in International Politics

Group D, Research Methods

At least one of the following:

Number Course Name
PSC 2101 Scopes and Methods of Political Science
PSC 2102

Visualizing and Modeling Politics
(Pre-requisite PSC 2101 or STAT 1051-1053-1111)


  1. PSC 2101 is restricted to at least junior standing.
  2. The following courses waive the Group D requirement: SOC 2101, SMPA 2151, PSYC 2101.
  3. A student making the substitution for PSC 2101 must take an additional PSC 2000 level elective class, i.e., thirty hours of 2000 level PSC credits are required for the policy focus major.

Group E, Political Thought:

At least one of the following courses:

Number Course Name
PSC 2105 Major Issues of Western Political Thought I
PSC 2106 Major Issues of Western Political Thought II
PSC 2107 20th Century Political Thought
PSC 2108 Freedom and Equality
PSC 2110 American Political Thought
PSC 2120 Freedom in US Pop Culture
PSC 2991 Special Topics in Political Thought

One Pro-seminar, PSC 3192W


  1. All PSC 3192W sections are WID classes
  2. PSC 3192W is restricted to declared PSC majors with at least junior standing with priority given to those with senior standing.
  3. A senior PSC major may, with the permission of the professor teaching the course, complete a graduate class to substitute for PSC 3192W. Graduate classes do not count as WIDs.

Three Policy courses selected from:

PSC 2212PSC 2217PSC 2222PSC 2224PSC 2446, PSC 2240, PSC 2446

Note: PSC 2224 may be taken more than once provided the topics are different. The three policy courses cannot count simultaneously towards the Group distribution requirements.

If matriculated before Fall 2013:  Six Related Courses in Social Sciences other than PSC, must include at least two courses in either Economics or History

If matriculated in Fall 2013 or after: 

  1. ECON 1011 and ECON1012 and ECON2101
  2. STAT 1053 or STAT 1111 or STAT 1051
  3. Course selected from: ECON 2151, ECON 2159, ECON 3161, ECON 3162, SOC 2101, SOC 2112, SOC 2161, SOC 2170
  4. Course selected from: STAT 1129, STAT 2118, STAT 2123, STAT 2183

One PSC upper level elected:

Maybe from any group, PSC 2987 internship may count for 3 credits towards graduation.