Political Science Major

Bachelor of Arts - Political Science
60 Credits
 

At Western Washington University, the study of Political Science is divided into four fields: American Politics and Public Policy, Political Theory, International Relations, and Comparative Politics. 

Students undertaking the major must take a core course in each of the four fields of Political Science.  These courses represent 20 of the 60 credits required for the major and are pre-requisites for most upper division coursework in Political Science.  Core courses include:

  • PLSC 250 The American Political System

  • PLSC 261 Introduction to Political Theory

  • PLSC 271 Introduction to International Relations

  • PLSC 291 Introduction to Comparative Politics

 

Students majoring in Political Science must also complete:

  • One upper division course in any two fields (no course may count for more than one field)
  • One Senior Seminar course from: PLSC 431, PLSC 432, PLSC 433, PLSC 434

 

The balance of the required 60 credits may be taken in any Political Science field.  Courses in the four fields are organized as follows:

American Politics and Public Policy—250, 311, 313, 314, 321, 323, 327, 330, 345, 346, 347, 348, 353, 355, 357, 366, 414, 415, 420, 423, 427, 431, 449, 450, 467, 489

Political Theory—261, 361, 362, 364, 432, 462, 463, 469, 471, 472, 473, 480, 493

International Relations—271,310, 312, 315, 325, 366, 370, 372, 376, 399, 403, 434, 436

Comparative Politics—291, 301, 302, 307, 308, 309, 312, 315, 325, 366, 374, 383, 385, 390, 399, 402, 403, 406, 430, 433, 436, 449, 452, 453, 491

 

Note:  PLSC 101, 435, 443, 444, 447, and 448 credits apply toward the major but do not count in any field.  No more than ten credits of internship, or of independent study combined, may be counted toward the major.  Up to 10 credits of approved study abroad credit may also be applied to the major.

 

Plan of Study/Evaluation: 

Click here for a copy of the Political Science Major Plan of Study listing course offerings and prerequisites.  Major evaluation/plan of study forms are available in the Political Science Office (AH415) or print one:  Major eval PS 18-19.pdf

Students who declared the major prior to June 13, 2016 should refer to the prior Major evaluation/plan of study:  Major eval PS 15-16.pdf