Major Requirements

In total, majors must complete at least 11 courses (44 units). ECON 101 is strongly recommended. No course will count toward the Politics major that the student takes CR/NC.

In addition to the Fundamental Courses listed below, a Politics major must take one course in each sub-field (American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, Political Theory, and Public Law); one Junior Writing Seminar which can "double-dip" with a sub-field requirement (Politics 272 or any 300-level Politics, approved DWA, or UEP course except Politics 300); and three elective courses from any sub-field. A maximum of three courses outside the Politics Department can count towards the major, including approved DWA, UEP, and Study Abroad courses. Finally, a Politics major will complete a Senior Comprehensive seminar in the spring of the senior year.

Fundamental Courses

Every Politics major must take these courses.

POLS 101American Politics and Public Policy

4 units

POLS 300Research Methods in Politics and Public Policy

4 units

POLS 495Comprehensive Seminar

4 units

Subfields

Students must select one course in each of the following subfields: American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, Political Theory, and Public Law.

For the subfield courses, DWA courses may count towards International Relations with department approval, and select UEP courses may count for American Politics with department approval, but Comparative Politics, Political Theory, and Public Law must be taken within the Politics Department.

International Relations

POLS 130Introduction to International Relations

4 units

POLS 218Russian Relations with the World

4 units

POLS 232International Political Economy

4 units

POLS 233/DWA 250International Security

4 units

POLS 235United States Foreign Relations

4 units

POLS 250American Intelligence and National Security

4 units

POLS 286Seminar in Washington Politics: International and Foreign Policy Studies

4 units

DWA 101International Relations: The Changing Rules of the Game

4 units

DWA 102International Organizations

4 units

DWA 103Introduction to Global Political Economy

4 units

DWA 231Gender and International Relations

4 units

DWA 241International Relations of the Middle East

4 units

DWA 337Junior Seminar: International Relations Theory

4 units

DWA 342Junior Seminar: Transnational Identity and International Relations

4 units

DWA 343Junior Seminar: Transnationalism and Global Governance

4 units

Comparative Politics

POLS 120Introduction to Comparative Politics

4 units

POLS 218Russian Relations with the World

4 units

POLS 221/DWA 224Latin American Politics

4 units

POLS 223/DWA 226Dilemmas of Democracy

4 units

POLS 226Contemporary Chinese Politics

4 units

POLS 227East Asian Politics: China, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan

4 units

POLS 320Advanced Theories of Comparative Politics

4 units

POLS 321Gender and Politics in the Global South

4 units

POLS 325Politics and Security in New Europe

4 units

POLS 283Seminar in Washington Politics: Global Public Health Policy

4 units

POLS 284Seminar in Washington Politics: Global Women’s Leadership Development

4 units

American Politics

POLS 200/AMST 200Democratic Socialism, American Style

4 units

POLS 201Media and Politics

4 units

POLS 202Leadership in the Public and Private Sphere

4 units

POLS 204Campaigns and Elections

4 units

POLS 205/LLAS 205Latino/a Politics

4 units

POLS 206Race and American Politics

4 units

POLS 207Los Angeles Politics

4 units

POLS 208Movements for Social Justice

4 units

POLS 209/UEP 209Health Policy

4 units

POLS 250American Intelligence and National Security

4 units

POLS 262California Politics

4 units

POLS 264Disaster Politics: New Orleans in the Wake of Hurricane Katrina

4 units

POLS 265/UEP 265Community Planning and Politics Practicum

4 units

POLS 280Washington, D.C. Internship

8

POLS 281Seminar in Political Leadership

4 units

POLS 282Seminar in Washington Politics: Environmental Law and Policy Studies

4 units

POLS 285Seminar in Washington Politics: Inside Washington Politics and Policies

4 units

POLS 301Urban Policy and Politics

4 units

POLS 302The American Presidency

4 units

POLS 303Gender and American Politics

4 units

POLS 336National Security in Practice: How Washington Works

4 units

UEP 204Environmentalism: Past, Present, and Future

4 units

UEP 301/POLS 301Urban Policy and Politics

4 units

Political Theory

POLS 150Introduction to Political Theory

4 units

POLS 251European Political Thought: From Plato to Machiavelli

4 units

POLS 253European Political Thought: From Nietzsche to the Present

4 units

POLS 254American Political Thought

4 units

POLS 256Ethics and Politics

4 units

POLS 257Conservative and Libertarian Political Philosophy

4 units

POLS 258/BLST 258Theoretical Accounts of Racism

4 units

POLS 351Tocqueville, Marx, and Nietzsche

4 units

POLS 352/BLST 352Black Political Thought

4 units

POLS 355/BLST 355Critical Fanonism

4 units

Public Law

POLS 140Law and Society

4 units

POLS 243Restorative Justice

4 units

POLS 244Constitutional Law

4 units

POLS 247Supreme Court Politics

2 units

POLS 340Rebellious Lawyering

4 units

POLS 341Justice Lab: Contemporary Issues in Law and Public Policy

4 units

POLS 342Human Rights in the United States

4 units

POLS 345The Fourth Amendment

4 units

POLS 347Race and Law

4 units

Additional Electives

Three required electives in any subfield must be taken within the Politics Department. Study Abroad courses may be accepted with departmental approval.