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 subfield (International Relations, American Politics, Political Theory, Public Law, and Comparative Politics); one Junior Writing Seminar which can "double-dip" with a subfield requirement (Politics 272 or any 300-level Politics, DWA, or UEP course except Politics 300); and three elective courses from any subfield. A maximum of 3 course 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: International Relations, Comparative Politics, American Politics, Political Theory, and Public Law.

For the subfield courses, DWA courses may count towards International Relations or Comparative Politics with department approval, and UEP courses may count for American Politics with department approval, but 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

Comparative Politics

POLS 120Introduction to Comparative Politics

4 units

POLS 218Russian Relations with the World

4 units

POLS 221Latin 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 Developing World

4 units

POLS 325Politics and Security in New Europe

4 units

American Politics

POLS 201Work and Labor in America

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 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

Political Theory

POLS 150Introduction to Political Theory

4 units

POLS 251European Political Thought: From Plato to Machiavelli

4 units

POLS 252European Political Thought: From Hobbes to Marx

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 258Theoretical Accounts of Racism

4 units

POLS 350Hobbes, Plato, Machiavelli, and Hobbes

2 units

POLS 351Tocqueville, Marx, and Nietzsche

4 units

POLS 352Black Political Thought

4 units

POLS 353Seminar: Advanced Study in Political Theory

2 units

POLS 354Seminar on How Tyrannies Work

4 units

POLS 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 342Human Rights in the United States

4 units

POLS 345The Fourth Amendment

4 units

POLS 346Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

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.

SECOND-STAGE WRITING REQUIREMENT

The Junior Writing Seminar is Politics 272 or any 300-level Politics, DWA, or UEP course (except Politics 300) that focuses on research and oral presentation skills.

COMPREHENSIVE REQUIREMENT

All politics majors must complete a Comprehensive Seminar in the spring of their senior year (preliminary preparation will occur in the fall semester of the senior year). In the seminar, students will read and discuss political science journal articles that raise interesting questions for the field, combine theory with empirical data, and serve as models for their own senior thesis. Each student will develop a senior thesis on a topic in one of the sub-fields of the major, demonstrating theoretical sophistication, an ability to find and evaluate sources of data, to develop and test hypotheses, and to argue a thesis. Each thesis is subjected to a rigorous drafting process that includes peer review and feedback from a faculty advisor. All seniors are required to submit a proposal for their thesis in the fall of their senior year. These proposals should state the research problem, demonstrate a significant command of the relevant bibliography, and include a tentative outline of major components in the study.

HONORS

We encourage highly motivated students to pursue Department Honors. They qualify for this program by achieving a 3.25 grade point average overall and a 3.5 grade point average in courses counting toward the Politics major. Only under extraordinary circumstances will the Politics faculty members approve a petition to have this 3.5 grade point average waived. Students interested in pursuing Honors should complete the courses required for the Politics major by the end of Fall Semester. They will be required to meet all of the obligations of the Comprehensive Seminar in the spring semester and complete a major research paper that follows the above requirements, but is a project of greater depth that extends to 40-50 pages.