Degree Requirements

Required Courses

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

Required Supporting Course

  • PH 255 Introduction to Social & Political Philosophy

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 18 credits can be taken as electives.

Suggested Four-Year Sequence of Study | Fall 2018 & Later

Year 1, Semester 1

  • FYXX 125 or First Year Seminar
  • CTL 125 Critical 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
  • CTL 125 Critical 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
  • Free Elective
  • PO Political Science Elective

YEAR 2, Semester 4

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

YEAR 3, Semester 5

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

YEAR 3, Semester 6

  • PO Political Science Elective
  • PH 255 Introduction to Social & Political Philosophy
  • Free 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

Foundational Core should be completed by Semester 4.