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Political Science Undergraduate Degree

Are You Interested In…
     -preserving social equality and diversity through policy design?
     -community engagement, activism, and the development of non-profit organizations?
     -the use and abuse of governmental powers?
     -studying further the privileges and responsibilities of citizenship?
If so, then Political Science might be the perfect major for you!

Political Science studies the world of politics and government – particularly the manner in which people organize, administer, and seek to improve their governments, the privileges and responsibilities of citizenship, and the use and abuses of power.

Students who major in Political Science gain the knowledge and analytical, problem solving, decision-making, research, and communications skills needed to find professional success in public, private, and non-profit sectors and/or to pursue advanced studies in law, public policy and administration, or other disciplines within Political Science.

Political Science Major Requirements

POLS 1100 US National Government (3 credit hours, AI)

Choose two courses for a total of 6 credit hours:
POLS 2100 Introduction to International Relations (3, BF)
POLS 2200 Introduction to Comparative Politics (3, BF)
POLS 2300 Introduction to Political Theory (3, HF)

6 POLS Upper Division Electives (18 credit hours, 3000 level or higher)

A maximum of 6 internship credit hours may be used towards this requirement.

Check the catalog for a full list of courses and descriptions or meet with an advisor for more details. 

3 POLS 5000 level courses (9 credit hours)

Check the catalog for a full list of courses and descriptions or meet with an advisor for more details. 

4 courses from Allied Departments (12 credit hours, 1000-5000 level)

Approved Departments: Anthropology, City & Metropolitan Planning, Communications, Economics, Ethnic Studies, Environmental & Sustainability Studies, Family & Consumer Studies, Gender Studies, Geography, History, Middle East Studies, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology

Please email or schedule an appointment with your advisor to officially declare your Political Science major!

All undergraduate students must apply in advance for graduation to receive a degree from the University of Utah. 

Before applying, students are encouraged to meet with their advisor and complete the following checklist.

All courses must be taken for a letter grade with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0. A grade of C- or higher must be earned in required POLS courses. A minimum of 15 POLS credit hours (not including internships) must be completed at the University of Utah. Minimum credit hours 48 (36 POLS, 12 Allied).

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

Last Updated: 6/12/18