Political Science Major and Minor

Political Science is the study of power broadly understood.  In your Political Science courses you will learn about exciting topics such as how citizens shape government and society; how politics function from the local to the global levels; and, how values affect the political world.  Both the major and the minor in Political Science provide students with a broad-based series of courses that explore wide-ranging issues within the sub-fields of American politics, international relations, comparative politics, and political philosophy.  Most important, you will learn how you can change the world.

The Political Science major and minor provide you with a broad-based series of courses that explore issues within American politics, international relations, comparative politics and political philosophy.

Major

As a political science major, you need to take three introductory classes:

  • PSCI 100 U.S. National Government
  • PSCI 105 Fundamentals of Politics
  • PSCI 110 Global Issues

These courses will introduce you to the world of political science. You should take these as a freshman or as soon as you declare a major.
You’ll also need to take one of the following courses:

  • PSCI 405 Problems in American Politics
  • PSCI 415 Problems in Comparative Politics
  • PSCI 425 Problems in International Relations
  • PSCI 435 Problems in Political Philosophy

And two courses from each of the four core groups listed in the UNC Catalog:

  • Group A – American Politics
  • Group B – International Relations
  • Group C – Political Philosophy
  • Group D – Comparative Politics

To help plan your major, download the 2014-2015 Political Science Major Checklist (pdf).

If you declared your major in another academic year, you must refer to the appropriate catalog.

You aren’t required to choose a minor, but can declare one in an area that complements your major. This will help give you a competitive edge when applying to law or graduate schools. You may choose from a wide range of electives or internship opportunities to fill the rest of your required credits.

Minor

A Political Science minor will complement work in almost any other academic program at UNC. To complete the minor, you must take:

  • PSCI 100 U.S. National Government
  • PSCI 105 Fundamentals of Politics
  • PSCI 110 Global Issues
  • 9 additional Political Science credits

To help plan your minor, download the 2014-2015 Political Science Minor Checklist (pdf).

If you declared your minor in another academic year, you must refer to the appropriate catalog.

If you’ve declared the major but don’t yet have an adviser or would like to switch advisers for any reason, please call 970-351-2058 or drop by McKee Hall 318.

For further details about the requirements of the major and minor, see the UNC catalog.