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2009-2010 UMass Dartmouth Undergraduate Catalog 
2009-2010 UMass Dartmouth Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Political Science Major

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BA degree


Political Science majors complete 39 credits in political science. In addition, majors must satisfy a specific cognate requirement in selecting their distribution courses for the Bachelor of Arts degree.  Students must maintain at least a 2.0 GPA in the major in order to graduate.

Foundation Courses

Twelve (12) credits required. These courses should generally be taken in the first or second year.


MTH 104 or 120 is a prerequisite for PSC 349.

Research Methods

 Three (3) credits required.


Three (3) internship credits are required; up to fifteen (15) Internship credits may be earned.

Recommended in senior year; may be waived in lieu of a study abroad of at least 4-weeks duration plus an upper-division course in PSC.

Specialized Courses

Seven (7) courses, a total of twenty-one (21) credits. PSC courses must be above the 100 level, and may not include PSC 349 or PSC 305.

One of these 7 courses must be a non-Western course in any department (can also count toward other degree requirements).

  • A maximum of 2 of the 6 PSC courses can be completed at PSC 200 level
  • A minimum of 2 of the 6 PSC courses must be completed at PSC 400 level

Upper division courses (PSC 300+) must be taken in a minimum of 2 of the 4 main subfields:  American Politics/Policy, Comparative Politics, International Relations, Political Theory

Total Credits: 39

Total Credits including one 3-credit math course: 42

General Education Departmental Requirements

Students majoring in Political Science will meet their departmentally-determined General Education requirements as follows:

Area E

Satisfied by:

Area O

Satisfied by two (2) PSC 400-level seminars.

Area I, Tier 2

Satisfied by:

Area W, Tier 1

Satisfied by two courses:

Area W, Tier 2

Students may choose a course from approved “W” (writing) courses.

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