Mar 02, 2021  
2018-2019 Academic Catalog 
2018-2019 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Political Science, B.A.

Requirements for Major

  • A minimum of nine units is required to satisfy the major in political science. The major is comprised of three streams of inquiry: American politics and policy; international and comparative politics; and law, jurisprudence, and political thought. Political science majors are required to take and pass PLSC 100: Introduction to Political Inquiry  as the gateway course to all upper-level (300- and 400-level) courses in the major. In addition, students are required to take and pass at least one entry-level course for each of the three streams (PLSC 101 ; either PLSC 102  or PLSC 103 ; and PLSC 105 ). Students are also required to take and pass at least one upper-level one-unit course (at the 300 level) in each stream of inquiry. Finally, all political science majors are required to take and pass one 400-level capstone seminar. It is expected that seven of the nine units in political science will be taken at Albion College. Other arrangements can be made for bona fide transfer students and students in approved off-campus programs. Exceptions are at the discretion of the department chair after consultation with other faculty members in the department.
  • No more than one unit of PLSC 391  or PLSC 392  (Internship) may be counted toward a major.
  • All courses for the major must be taken for a numerical grade, except those offered only on a credit/no credit basis. In order for a course to count for the political science major, the student must earn at least a 2.0 in the course.
  • Political science majors are strongly encouraged to achieve basic competency in statistics (MATH 209  is appropriate) and at least one foreign language.