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2014-2015 University Catalog (Revised 01-05-2015) 
2014-2015 University Catalog (Revised 01-05-2015) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Political Science, B.A.: 180 units

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Offered by: College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences, Political Science Department

Courses for Major

A 2.0 cumulative GPA is required in courses used for the major in order to receive a degree in the major.


All students should complete PLS 101 , PLS 202 , PLS 203 , PLS 204 , PLS 205/205A , PLS 206 , and PLS 207  by the completion of 90 units or by the end of their first year of enrollment, whichever comes later. Students should complete the PLS introductory 200 level courses before the upper division courses in that subfield.

Elective Core Courses: 40 units

Students must complete 40 units of electives in Political Science.


PLS 299/299A/299L  (Lecture Component Only) and PLS 499/499A/499L  (Lecture Component Only) Special Topics classes many be assigned by petition to one of the subfields or may be used to meet the "Additional Political Science Courses" requirement. Students who have study abroad classes may petition for Political Science credit.

Required Support Courses: 8 units

The following major support courses should be used to satisfy the indicated GE requirements. If these courses are not used to satisfy GE, the total units to degree may be more than 180 units.

Unrestricted Electives: 30-38 units

Select a sufficient number of courses so that the total from "Required Support", "GE", and "Unrestricted Electives" is at least 106 units.

General Education Requirements: 68 units

Students should consult the Academic Programs website for current information regarding this requirement. Unless specific courses are stated under Support Courses, please refer to the list of approved courses under General Education Requirements, Areas A through E.

Area A. Communication and Critical Thinking (12 units)

  1. Oral Communication
  2. Written Communication
  3. Critical Thinking

Area B. Mathematics and Natural Sciences (16 units)

  1. Physical Science
  2. Biological Science
  3. Laboratory Activity
  4. Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning
  5. Science and Technology Synthesis

Area C. Humanities (16 units)

  1. Visual and Performing Arts
  2. Philosophy and Civilization
  3. Literature and Foreign Languages
  4. Humanities Synthesis

Area D. Social Sciences (20 units)

  1. U.S. History, Constitution, and American Ideals
  2. History, Economics, and Political Science
  3. Sociology, Anthropology, Ethnic and Gender Studies
  4. Social Science Synthesis

Area E. Lifelong Understanding and Self-development (4 units)

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