Degree Requirements

Required Courses

  • PO 121 Introduction to American Government
  • PO 122 Introduction to International Relations
  • PO 200 Approaches to Political Science
  • PO 300 Foundations of Political Thought
  • PO 395 Senior Seminar or PO 400 Senior Thesis

Students are also required to take at least one course in comparative politics (PO 313-318), and at least one additional course in American Politics (PO 212, 213, 215, 216, 217, 218, 322, 325, 351, 352). The remaining 15 credits can be taken as electives.

Suggested Four-Year Sequence of Study (Fall 2015 & Later)

Year 1, Semester 1

  • FYXX 125 or First Year Seminar
  • FLO 125 The Art of Thinking
  • Foundational Core Course
  • Foundational Core Course
  • MA College Math Course
  • PO 121 Introduction to American Government

Year 1, Semester 2

  • FYXX 125 or First Year Seminar OR
  • FLO 125 The Art of Thinking
  • Foundational Core Course
  • Foundational Core Course
  • Foundational Core Course
  • PO 122 Introduction to International Relations

YEAR 2, Semester 3

  • CIT 201 Catholic Intellectual Tradition Seminar
  • Foundational Core Course
  • Thematic Liberal Arts
  • Foreign Language
  • PO Political Science Elective

YEAR 2, Semester 4

  • CIT 202 Catholic Intellectual Tradition Seminar
  • Foundational Core Course
  • Thematic Liberal Arts
  • Foreign Language
  • PO Political Science Elective

YEAR 3, Semester 5

  • Thematic Liberal Arts
  • PO 200 Approaches to Political Science
  • PO Political Science Elective
  • Free Elective
  • Free Elective

YEAR 3, Semester 6

  • PO 300 Foundations of Political Thought
  • PO Political Science Elective
  • Free Elective
  • Free Elective

YEAR 4, Semester 7

  • PO Political Science Elective
  • PO Political Science Elective
  • Free Elective
  • Free Elective
  • Free Elective

YEAR 4, Semester 8

  • PO 395 Senior Seminar or PO 400 Senior Thesis
  • PO Political Science Elective
  • Free Elective
  • Free Elective
  • Free Elective

NOTE: Foundational Core should be completed by Semester 4.