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International Studies – Political Science

Major Requirements:

Language Requirement

International Studies majors are required to demonstrate basic proficiency in a modern foreign language.  This can be accomplished in one of the following ways:

International Studies Core Courses (3 courses)

All courses are 4-units, upper-division and must be taken for a letter grade of C- or better.

Disciplinary Focus (8 courses)

All eight (8) courses must be 4 units, upper-division and taken for a letter grade of C- or better.

Eight (8) upper-division courses must be selected from the following:

  • Comparative Politics: POLI 120A – POLI 139A
  • International Relations: POLI 140A – POLI 142J and POLI 142L - POLI 154

A maximum of three (3) courses may be selected from the following subfields:

  • American Politics: POLI 100A – POLI 108
  • Political Theory: POLI 110A - POLI 112C and POLI 114C - POLI 119A
  • Policy Analysis: POLI 160AA – POLI 168
  • Research Methods: POLI 170A – POLI 181

Interdisciplinary Elective Courses (3 courses)

All three (3) courses must be upper-division, 4 units and taken for a letter grade of C- or better.

Course Pre-requisites: Students are responsible for meeting all departmental pre-requisite courses. Please refer to the General Catalog for additional information.

Regional Requirement

At least three (3) of the eleven (11) Disciplinary Focus and Interdisciplinary Elective courses must focus on one region.

  • Note: This requirement is an overlap requirement comprised of courses that count for both the Disciplinary Focus or Interdisciplinary Elective courses and the Regional Requirement.
  • Regional Requirement courses may come all from within the Disciplinary Focus, Interdisciplinary Electives, or a combination of the two.
  • Possible regions include: Africa, East Asia, Europe, Latin America or the Middle East.

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