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Political Science
209.946.2258
212 Wendell Phillips Center
Sharon Donahue
Administrative Assistant
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA 95211
sdonahue@pacific.edu

Degree Program

**NOTE: In 2014, degree program requirements for the political science changed. For students who declared a political science major prior to 2014, the previous program requirements can be found here.

In order to complete the major in political science, students must take a minimum 14 courses that include:  

POLS 011 Introduction to Comparative Politics OR POLS 151 Principles of Comparative Politics
POLS 021 Introduction to Political Theory  
POLS 041 U.S. Government and Politics    
POLS 051 Introduction to International Relations
POLS 133 Political Science Research            

Minimum 2 units from one of the following orientation courses:            

  • INTL 151 Cross-Cultural Training I *            
  • POLS 081 Career and Internship Preparation          

Minimum 3 units from the following experiential learning courses:          

  • POLS 187A Political Science Internship         
  • POLS 187C Pre-Law Internship        
  • POLS 197 Undergraduate Research            
  • JCTR 187 Community Affairs Internship
  • JCTR 197A/197B Community Independent Research        
  • SACR 187 Sacramento Experience Internship         
  • WASH 187 Washington Semester Internship            

Six (6) Upper-Division Courses with at least one course in four of the following subfields:        

US Government and Politics      

  • POLS 104 Urban Government       
  • POLS 106 California Government and Politics         
  • POLS 112 Congress and the Presidency    
  • POLS 114 Political Parties and Interest Groups       
  • POLS 116 Campaigns and Elections             
  • POLS 119 Government in Action: Public Policy Analysis      
  • POLS 120 Courts and Judicial Behavior       
  • POLS 128 Introduction to Public Administration

Public Law          

  • POLS 122 Constitutional Law          
  • POLS 124 Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties             
  • POLS 126 Criminal Law      

Political Theory

  • POLS 130 Ancient to Medieval Political Theory      
  • POLS 132 Modern to Contemporary Political Theory           
  • POLS 134 American Political Thought         
  • POLS 136 Jurisprudence  

Comparative Politics      

  • POLS 141 Western European Comparative Politics               
  • POLS 146 Latin American Politics  
  • POLS 148 Politics of the Middle East           
  • POLS 150 Political Development   
  • POLS 151 Principles of Comparative Politics            
  • POLS 152 Politics of Asia  

International Relations 

  • POLS 160 Theories of International Politics              
  • POLS 162 International Organization          
  • POLS 164 International Political Economy 
  • POLS 166 International Conflict and Conflict Management               
  • POLS 168 Comparative Foreign Policy        
  • POLS 170 U.S. Foreign Policy          
  • POLS 172 Inter-American Relations            

POLS 189 Capstone Seminar          

*Only students who participate in an approved study-abroad program may take INTL 151-Cross-Cultural Training I