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Political Science, American Politics Emphasis, B.A.

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In addition to adhering to General Education  and School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts Requirements , the Political Science major requires 52 units, some of which may simultaneously meet general education requirements. Courses in the major must be taken for a letter grade, and may not be taken on a pass/no pass basis unless the course is only offered on a pass/no pass basis.

Political Science, B.A. Four-Year Course Plan   

Lower Division Major Requirements [16 Units]

Lower Division Major Core Requirement [8 units]

Complete the following courses:

Lower Division Political Science Requirement [8 units]

Complete two of the following courses:

Upper Division Major Requirements [36 Units]

American Politics Emphasis Requirement [16 units]

Complete four courses within your emphasis track:

  • American Politics: POLI 100-127

Breadth Requirement [8 units]

Complete two courses outside your emphasis track:

  • Comparative Politics: POLI 130-142
  • International Relations: POLI 150-165
  • Law and Policy (POLI 100, POLI 102, POLI 106, POLI 107, POLI 108, POLI 110, POLI 111, POLI 112, POLI 138, POLI 165, POLI 192/POLI 092)

Additional Elective Requirement [12 units]

Complete three additional upper division courses in Political Science.

Political Science Honors Program

UC Merced Political Science majors may petition to join the Political Science Honors Program, which will consist of coursework and an Honors thesis in addition to the standard Political Science major requirements. Undergraduate majors who are accepted and successfully complete the Honors Program will receive a notation to that effect on their diploma and on their undergraduate transcript thereafter.

Students apply to join the Honors Program in the spring of their second or third year, and can fulfill the requirements during their third or fourth year. To be eligible for the Honors Program, a Political Science major must have an overall GPA of 3.3 and a minimum GPA of 3.7 in the major. A student with a GPA in the major between 3.5 and 3.69 may request an exemption from the Political Science Undergraduate Chair. Students admitted to the Political Science Honors Program will be required to complete POLI 175 (or an equivalent such as ECON 110, PSY 105, or COGS 105) and then, enroll in POLI 194H during the spring of their third or fourth year and will count toward the three nonemphasis track specific upper division courses that are required of all Political Science. Please contact SSHA Advising for more information.

Transfer Students

Transfer students planning to major in Political Science should complete the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) at their community college. Transfer students may not be admitted to the Political Science major without specific major preparation. Below are the current Transfer Selection Criteria for the Political Science Major.

Transfer Selection Criteria

To be admitted to the Political Science major transfer students must meet the following requirements:

Applicants will, at the time of admission have completed the following courses (or their equivalent) with a “C-” or better:

 At least one course chosen from:

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