Important Notes for the PLSI Major

Only three lower-division units may be counted towards the PLSI electives requirement. All other PLSI electives must be upper-division classes (300-level or above).

For a course to count towards the Political Science major, students must earn a grade of C- or better in all core, GWAR, breadth and culminating experience courses.

Political Science majors and minors may take up to four units of political science coursework as credit no credit (CR/NC), as long as those units are part of their electives. All PLSI courses other than electives must be taken for a letter grade (i.e. A-, B, C+ etc)

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.

Effective fall 2020, PLSI 300 has been renumbered PLSI 304, but it is the same course, and it does not matter which is on your transcript.

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 are marked with an asterisk (*) and may be taken up to two times for credit, as long as they are different course topics.

Any 12 units outside the PLSI major counts towards complementary studies. These courses may not be cross listed with PLSI.