Political Science and the General Curriculum

Each semester, roughly forty to fifty Political Science courses are offered. While some are smaller classes or seminars primarily geared towards Political Science majors, many do not require prior background and often provide broad overviews that are appropriate for majors and non-majors alike. These courses, typically at the 200-level or below, provide excellent opportunities to explore the various fields and subfields that constitute Political Science.

Courses Satisfying General Education Requirements

Courses satisfying the Society sector requirement for all classes:

  • PSCI 105 The Study of Politics
  • PSCI 110 Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • PSCI 116 Political Change in the ‘Third World’
  • PSCI 130 Introduction to American Politics
  • PSCI 136 Urban Politics in the United States
  • PSCI 150 Introduction to International Relations
  • PSCI 186 Money and Markets
  • PSCI 280 Feminist Political Thought
  • PSCI 317 National, Ethnic & Communal Conflict

Courses satisfying the History & Tradition requirement for all classes:

  • PSCI 180 Ancient Political Thought
  • PSCI 181 Modern Political Thought

Courses satisfying the Humanities & Social Science requirement:

  • PSCI 183 American Political Thought
  • PSCI 139 Politics of Poverty & Development

Courses satisfying the Quantitative Data Analysis requirement:

  • PSCI 338 Statistical Methods for Political Science
  • PSCI 230 Public Opinion and American Democracy

Courses satisfying the Cultural Diversity in the U.S. requirement:

  • PSCI 136 Urban Politics in the U.S.
  • PSCI 231 Race & Ethnic Politics
  • PSCI 233 African-American Politics
  • PSCI 234 Civil Rights & Civil Liberties
  • PSCI 335 Healthy Schools
  • PSCI 380 Race, Ethnicity & American Constitutional Law
  • PSCI 433 Social Movements
  • PSCI 434 The Modern Presidency & Race
  • PSCI 437 Race & Criminal Justice

Courses satisfying the Cross-Cultural Analysis requirement:

  • PSCI 210 African Politics
  • PSCI 211 Politics in the Contemporary Middle East
  • PSCI 212 Japanese Politics
  • PSCI 213 Latin American Politics
  • PSCI 217 Russian Politics
  • PSCI 218 Domestic Politics of Postwar Europe
  • PSCI 219 Chinese Politics
  • PSCI 220 South Asian Politics
  • PSCI 253 International Politics of the Middle East
  • PSCI 254 Politics of the European Union
  • PSCI 257 International Relations of South Asia

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