PSC Major Requirements (B.A.)

General Requirements

For the Political Science major 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.

Political Science Requirements

Complete three Political Science Intro courses, 30 hours (10 courses) in upper level or 2000, 3000 and 4000 level coursework in Political Science that meet the group distribution requirement and include a Pro-Seminar (PSC 3992), and six courses in the Social Sciences  that include at least 6 credits of ECON or 6 credits of HIST

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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 Upper level 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.

Political Science Upper level Requirements

Thirty hours of upper level or 2000, 3000 and 4000 level PSC courses must include:

  1. At least one course from each of Group A, Group B, Group C, Group D, and Group E
  2. A Pro-seminar, PSC 3192w
  3. Four PSC upper level electives (from any group or groups)

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 State and Urban 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 African American Politics
PSC 2222 Science, Technology, and Politics
PSC 2224 Issues in Domestic Public Policy *
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 2992 Special Topics in American Politics
  * Maybe repeated with different topics

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 Public International Law
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 courses:

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


Visualizing and Modeling Politics
(Pre-requisite PSC2101 Or STAT 1051, 1053, 1111).


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

Four PSC Upper level electives

  1. These may come from any group or groups.
  2. Transfer credit listed as PSC 1099 Or PSC 2099 counts as upper level elective credit hours towards the major.
  3. A maximum of three credits of PSC 2987, Internship, will count towards the upper level PSC electives.

Other PSC Upper level Classes

  1. PSC 1099 Or PSC 2099 can be counted as an upper level Political Science elective when a student transfers the credit from a Study Abroad or another institution.
  2. PSC 4991, Independent Study: A senior PSC major may enroll in PSC 4991 provided the student has a full time Political Science professor to sponsor the independent study, is researching a topic not on the regular PSC course list, and has developed a syllabus and planned course work equivalent to the number of credits of PSC 4991 enrolled in.

 Six courses (18 credit hours) in the social sciences outside PSC.

  1. Two of these courses (6 credits) must be HIST or ECON.
  2. For this requirement any course on the CCAS Social and Behavioral Sciences G-PAC counts with the exception of PSC. Any HIST, WSGG, PSTD, or IAFF class also counts towards this requirement.