Political Science and the General Curriculum

Each semester, roughly forty to fifty Political Science courses are offered. While some are smaller classes or seminars primarily geared towards Political Science majors, many do not require prior background and often provide broad overviews that are appropriate for majors and non-majors alike. These courses, typically at the 200-level or below, provide excellent opportunities to explore the various fields and subfields that constitute Political Science.

Courses Satisfying General Education Requirements


Courses satisfying the Society sector requirement for all classes:

  • 0100 Introduction to Comparative Politics, (previously PSCI 110)
  • 0101 Comparative Politics of Developing Areas (previously PSCI 116)
  • 0200 Introduction to American Politics (previously PSCI 130 )
  • 0400 Introduction to International Relations (previously PSCI 150)
  • 0401¬†Russia & Eastern European International Affairs (previously PSCI 267; cross-listed as REES 1570)
  • 0680 Feminist Political Thought (previously PSCI 280)


Courses satisfying the History & Tradition requirement for all classes:

  • 0600 Ancient Political Thought (previously PSCI 180)
  • 0601 Modern Political Thought (previously PSCI 181)


Courses satisfying the Humanities & Social Science requirement:

  • 0602 American Political Thought (previously PSCI 183 )

Courses satisfying the Quantitative Data Analysis requirement:

  • 1201 Public Opinion and American Democracy (previously PSCI 230)
  • 1202 Changing American Electorate (PSCI 234)
  • 1800 Introduction to Data Science (previously PSCI 107)
  • 1801 Statistical Methods for Political Science (previously PSCI 338)
  • 3800 Applied Data Science (previously PSCI 207)


Courses satisfying the Cultural Diversity in the U.S. requirement:

  • 1205 Constitutional Law: Public Power & Civil Rights to 1912 (previously PSCI 271)
  • 1206 American Constitutional Law II (previously PSCI 272)
  • 1290 Race & Ethnic Politics (previously PSCI 231)¬†
  • 2203 Healthy Schools (previously PSCI 335 )

Courses satisfying the Cross-Cultural Analysis requirement:

  • 1100 Ethnic Conflict (previously PSCI 226)
  • 1120 Latin American Politics (previously PSCI 213)
  • 1121 U.S. Intervention in Latin America (previously PSCI 250)
  • 1130 African Politics (previously PSCI 210)
  • 1140 Politics in the Contemporary Middle East (previously PSCI 211)
  • 1150 Chinese Politics (previously PSCI 219 )
  • 1172 Russian Politics (previously PSCI 217 )
  • 2420¬†Diplomacy in Americas (previously PSCI 328; cross-listed as LALS 3020)
  • 3150 China's Political Economy (previously PSCI 229)