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Graduation Requirements

US Constitution and Ideals General Education Requirement

The state’s Education Code requires each college graduate to meet

1. a federal government requirement and

2. a California state and local government requirement.

Both of these requirements can be met by POSC 100 (for lower division students) or POSC 391 (for upper division students). If you have completed the federal government requirement, but not the California state and local government requirement, you should take POSC 326, California Government in Comparative Perspective. Students who have taken American federal, state or local government at another institution should make sure to check with a political science advisor before enrolling in POSC 100, POSC 391, or POSC 326.

Honors in Political Science

Students with a major in Political Science may be admitted to the Political Science Department’s honors program (option of the University Honor’s Program). Minimum requirements for eligibility are:

1.             Junior standing, completion of POSC 300, and at least two additional upper-division courses in Political Science;

2.             A minimum of two semesters remaining before graduation following the spring semester in which the application is submitted;

3.             A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3, and 3.5 in Political Science courses

Applications for fall admission are due April 15, and must include:

1.             A completed application form(click here for the form)

2.             One letter of recommendation from the faculty sponsor that has agreed to oversee the applicant’s honors thesis.

3.             One letter of recommendation from a second faculty member (preferably in Political Science)

4.             A 5-10 page research or analytical paper written for a previously taken course in Political Science

In order to graduate with Honors in Political Science a student must:

1.             Complete all regular requirements for the major in Political Science;

2.             Complete 3 units of POSC 490H: Honors Seminar (offered in the fall semester only);

3.             Complete 3 units of POSC 491H: Honors Research (offered in the fall semester only);

4.             Complete 3 units of POSC 492H: Honors Thesis (offered in the spring semester only);

5.             Have at the time of graduation a cumulative GPA of at least 3.3 and a GPA of at least 3.5 in Political Science courses.

Major requirements

Click on the “major requirements” link to the left.