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Phone. (619) 594-6244
Fax: (619) 594-7302

Nasatir Hall 126
Mail Code: 4427
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego CA, 92182-4427
Office Hours: M-F 8:30-4:00

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Last Update: 11/1/14

UNDERGRADUATES

Prospective Students

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Requirements

Preparation for the Major

Students interested in entering the major must fulfill the following pre-requisites:

  • Cumulative GPA of 2.4 or higher.
  • Complete a minimum of 30 semester units.
  • Complete POL S pre-requisite courses with a C or better.

Pre-requisites for the Major & Minor -- 9-12 units
(Requirement: Grade of C or better)

  • POL S 101 Intro to Am. Pol Global Perspective
  • POL S 102 Intro to Am. & Calif. Gov’t Politics
  • POL S 103 Intro to Comparative Politics
  • POL S 201 Elem. Stat for Poli Sci or equivalent (not req. for Minor)

Major Requirements — 27 additional units

  • At least 1 course (3 units each) from EACH of the following fields of emphasis:

Field I. Political Theory
Field II. American Politics
Field III. Comparative Politics
Field IV. International Politics

  • Four additional courses (3 units each) in ANY field.
  • One capstone course (3 units). Choose ONE of the following options:

Senior Thesis
Internship
Any 500-level POL S course (except 515, 516)

Minor Requirements— 12 additional units

  • At least 3 courses (9 units) from ONE of the following fields of emphasis:

Field I. Political Theory|
Field II. American Politics
Field III & IV. Comparative and Int’l Politics

  • One additional course (3 units) in ANY field.

For more information, please visit our Courses page.



What can I do with a Political Science Major?

Advocate/Organizer
Attorney
Archivist
Banking, Political Risk
Manager
Budget Analyst
Campaign Worker
CIA Agent
City Planner/Manager
Civilian Consultant,
Department of Defense
Congressional Research
Service
Consultant
Corporate Legislative
Issues Manager
Corp. Manager,
Environmental/
Regulatory Affairs
Corporate Social Policy
County Council Member
County Economic
Development Officer
Diplomat
Editor
Education Policy Analyst
Educator/Teacher
Environmental Policy
Analyst
FBI Agent
Financial Services
Foreign Affairs Specialist
Foundation Employee
Grassroots Organizer

Human Rights Officer
Import Export Manager
Info. Technology Officer
Intelligence Specialist
Int’l Business Analyst
Interest Group Manager
Journalist
Juvenile Justice Specialist
Labor Union Official
Lobbyist
Media Specialist
Mediator
Non-profit/Non-gov’t
org./Interest Group
Manager or Employee
Paralegal
Peace Corps
Policy Analyst/
Development/Researcher
Political Action Committee
Political Correspondent
Politician
Pollster
Professor
Public Affairs Specialist
Public Interest/Consumer
Advocate
Social Security Admin.
Social Services Advocate
State Governor’s Office
Staff Member
Urban Policy Planner
White House Advisor
Women’s Policy Analyst

 

For more information, contact:
Professor Brian Adams, Undergraduate Adviser
Department of Political Science
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-4427
619-594-4289
psadvice@mail.sdsu.edu


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