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Undergraduate Major Requirements


All students pursuing degrees and certificates through the Political Science Department must also fulfill any University of Utah requirements for graduation. For complete information concerning the Undergraduate Program at the University of Utah, consult the Student Handbook.

To complete either a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree in Political Science, students must first declare a major in Political Science. A B.S. requires two Quantitative Intensive (QI) courses. Whereas, a B.A. requires fourth semester proficiency in a second language.

The Political Science Department at the University of Utah also offers a Minor in Political Science and a Certificate in International Relations to any degree-seeking majors, regardless of field.

Undergraduate Major Requirements

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  • 36 Credit Hours - Political Science (POLS) Courses (must be taken for a grade)
  • Overall cumulative GPA must be a minimum of 2.0
  • 9 Credit Hours - Required Courses (grade must be C- or better)
  • 27 Credit Hours - Upper-Division Level (3000-5999), with a minimum of 9 credit hours completed from courses listed between 5000 and 5999
  • 12 Credit Hours - Allied Department Courses from 1000 to 5999 level (must be taken for a grade)

Required Courses:
POLS 1100 U.S. National Government (3)

Choose 2 Core Courses:
POLS 2100 Introduction to International Relations (3)
POLS 2200 Introduction to Comparative Politics (3)
POLS 2300 Introduction to Political Theory (3)

A maximum of six (6) internship hours may be counted toward a degree.

Allied Departments
Anthropology, Communication, Economics, Ethnic Studies, Family and Consumer Studies, Gender Studies, Geography, History, Middle East Studies, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology and City & Metropolitan Planning.

Transfer students majoring in political science must take a minimum of 15 political science credit hours at the University of Utah to fulfill graduation requirements. (No internship hours may be included in the required 15 hours.)

Declaring Your Major

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Students are required to declare a major by the end of their sophomore year (when you have reached 60 cumulative credit hours).

You must meet with the Academic Advisor in order to have your major declared, so it is to your advantage to declare Political Science as early as possible in order to get the best advising and guidance from the department.

Your Academic advisor can also assist you in choosing classes that will fit best with your goals for the future, including the courses that are required from allied departments.

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Graduation Information

To graduate from the University of Utah, you need to apply in advance. Failure to apply on time may delay your graduation.

Spring Graduation (May): November 1
Summer Graduation (August): February 1
Fall Graduation (December): June 1

*If a graduation deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, applications will be accepted without a fee through the next business day.

**Applications will not be accepted more than one year in advance.

Applying for Graduation

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Last Updated: 8/30/17