|Current Students Prospective Students Faculty & Staff Alumni|
|Schedule of Classes
All students intending to major in Political Science must enroll as Prepolitical Science majors. After completion of preparation for the major courses, they need to petition to enter the major in the Undergraduate Office, 4269A Bunche Hall.
Required: Four lower division courses from Political Science 10, 20, 30, 40, 50. These lower division courses are requisites to upper division courses and are required in those fields designated as the concentration or distribution field. Students must also take Political Science 6 or 6R. Students who concentrate in Fields I, II, III, or IV may substitute Statistics 10 or 12 for course 6 or 6R.
Students must complete all premajor courses with a 2.0 grade-point average by the time they attain 135 units. Admission to the major is granted only after successful completion of all lower division requirements.
Transfer applicants to the Political Science major with 90 or more units must complete the following introductory courses prior to admission to UCLA: one statistics course and four courses from political theory, world politics, game theory, American politics, or comparative politics.
Refer to the UCLA Transfer Admission Guide at http://www.admissions.ucla.edu/prospect/adm_tr.htm for up-to-date information regarding transfer selection for admission.
Required: Ten upper division courses (40 units) selected from Political Science 104A through 199, each taken for a letter grade. Students are also required to complete four upper division courses (16 units) in one or two of the following social sciences: anthropology, communication studies (only Communication Studies 160), economics, geography, history, management (only Management 150), psychology (except Psychology 115, 116), sociology. Each course must be taken for a letter grade. Students are required to maintain a 2.0 overall grade-point average in all upper division political science courses.
Upper division political science courses are organized into five fields: (I) political theory, (II) international relations, (III) American politics, (IV) comparative politics, and (V) methods and models.
The lower division course is requisite to upper division courses in those fields designated as the concentration field and the two distribution fields for majors. Specific requirements for the field concentration are as follows:
V. Methods and Models: Courses 6 or 6R (Statistics 10 and related courses may not be substituted), 30, and any four courses from 104A, 104B, M105, M106, 124A, M142D, 149 (collective action; congress, institutions, and collective choice; legislative strategy), 153B, 156D, 166, 169 (political economy of development), 170A, 191B (international negotiation)
Political Science majors should be aware that the upper division course requirements in the major (56 units) do not meet the upper division requirement of 60 units for graduation. Additional upper division units must be taken to reach the 60-unit total.
Each term the department offers a series of seminars (Political Science 191A through 191E) in each field. The requisites are two upper division courses in the field in which the seminar is offered, a 3.25 average at the upper division level in political science, or discretion of the instructor. These courses may be applied toward either the concentration or distribution requirement, and students who qualify are encouraged to take them.
The department honors program is open to seniors and to students who (1) have completed five upper division political science courses (two of which are in one field), (2) have a 3.5 grade-point average in upper division political science courses, and (3) are eligible for College of Letters and Science honors. Students should have substantial experience in writing research papers and take at least one seminar course in the Political Science 191 series before they enter the honors program or course 191H.
Students wishing to qualify for graduation with departmental honors must complete the following: (1) courses 191H and 198, in which a senior thesis is written; (2) eight upper division courses (excluding courses 119, 139, 149, 169, and 179) distributed as follows: four courses in one field and four additional courses, two in each of two other fields; (3) four upper division courses in one or two of the social sciences other than political science.
The undergraduate specialization in International Relations can only be taken jointly with a major in Political Science, and all requirements for the Political Science major must be met by or in addition to meeting the requirements of this program. Students completing the program receive a degree with a major in Political Science and specialization in International Relations. The program is designed to serve the needs of (1) students desiring a general education focused on international affairs and (2) students preparing for graduate work in international affairs, whether in a social science or area study.
The program is also beneficial for (1) students planning careers (in business, law, journalism, or library service) with an international emphasis and (2) those preparing to teach social sciences in the secondary schools. These students should structure their programs primarily to meet the preparation requirements of the professional school or instructional credential of their choice.
Required: Political Science 20, 50, and two courses from 10, 30, 40; Anthropology 9; Economics 1 and 2, 5, or 100; Geography 3 or 5; History 1A, 1B, and 1C, or any three courses from 8A, 8B, 8C, 9A, 9C, 9D, M10A, 10B, 11A, 11B; Sociology 1.
Other required social sciences courses include one course from Anthropology 161, 167, 171, 173Q, 174P, 175R, 175T, 175U, 177, Sociology 179, 182, 183, 186, 187; two courses from Economics 110, 111, 112, 120, 121, 122, 180, 181A, 181B; one course from Geography 110, 121, 125, M128, 133, 140, 181, 182A, 182B, 183, 185, 186, 187; two courses from History 113A, 113B, 114A, 123A, 123B, 137A, 137B, 140C, 144.
Completion of the sixth quarter course (or equivalent as prescribed by the language department), with a grade of C or better, of any modern foreign language is also required. French 6, German 6, Spanish 25, and Russian 6 are most frequently offered in fulfillment of this requirement, but also refer to the offerings listed under African Languages, Asian Languages and Cultures, Germanic Languages, Italian, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, and Portuguese. Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish are the languages of widest career utility in international affairs.
Students are advised but not required to concentrate their political science, geography, history, and language courses so as to achieve broad familiarity with one area, such as Africa, East Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, South Asia, or Southeast Asia.
Each minor course must be taken for a letter grade, and students must have an overall grade-point average of 2.0 or better. Successful completion of the minor is indicated on the transcript and diploma.
|About Us Site Administration Campus Directory Student Affairs MyUCLA URSA UCLA Home|