At least 28 of the 40 units for the Political Science major must be upper-division courses (numbered PLSI 300 or higher). No more than three lower-division units may be counted as electives.
The breadth requirement may be met with Political Science courses other than those listed in the four breadth subfields, but only if approved in advance by an adviser.
For a course to count towards the Political Science major, students must earn a grade of C- or better in all core, breadth and culminating experience courses; a C- or better is required in the GWAR course.
Political Science majors and minors may take up to four units credit no credit (CR/NC), as long as those units are part of their electives. All courses other than electives must be taken for a grade.
The GWAR (writing-emphasis) course must be taken in the Political Science Department, even if a student has completed a GWAR course in another department.
Students who want to do an independent study/special study must arrange it with faculty, fill out a Petition for Course by Individual Study (PLSI 699) form and have at least a 3.0 grade-point average. Independent Study units count only as electives.
Variable topic courses below are marked with an asterisk (*) and may be taken up to two times for credit, as long as they are taken with a different instructor.