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Degree Programs

Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Arts

Majors Offered

Political Science

Minors Offered

Political Science
Pre-Law

(The content posted here may not be up to date. Please see the latest General Catalog for current degree requirements.)

I. General Education Requirements
Minimum 42 units and 12 courses, including:

  • PACS 001  Pacific Seminar I: What is a Good Society?
  • PACS 002  Pacific II Topical Seminar
  • PACS 003  Pacific Seminar III: The Ethics of Family, Work, and Citizenship

Note: 1) Pacific Seminars cannot be taken for Pass/No Credit. 2) Transfer students with 16 or more transfer units complete 2 additional General Education elective courses from below in place of taking PACS 001 and 002.

One course from each subdivision below:

  • The Individual and Society
    • IA. Individual and Interpersonal Behavior
    • IB. U.S. Studies
    • IC. Global Studies
  • Human Heritage
    • IIA. Literature, Letters and Language
    • IIB. Fundamental Human Concerns
    • IIC. Practice and Perspective in the Visual and Performing Arts
  • Natural World and Formal Systems of Thought
    • IIIA. Life and Physical Laboratory Sciences
    • IIIB. Formal Systems of Thought
    • IIIC. Science, Technology, and Society
      or  a second Life and Physical Laboratory Science


Note: 1) A complete list of the courses that satisfy the subdivisions above can be found in the front General Education section of this catalog and the online course search. 2) No more than two courses from a discipline may be applied to meet the requirements of the general education program.
 
II.   College of the Pacific B.A. Requirement
a.  One year of college instruction or equivalent training in a language other than English.
Note: 1) Transfer students with sophomore standing are exempt from this requirement.

III.  Fundamental Skills
Demonstrate competence in:

 
  1. Reading
  2. Writing
  3. Quantitative analysis


Note: 1) A detailed description of how you can satisfy the fundamental skills above can be found in the front General Education section of this catalog.

IV.  Breadth Requirement
Complete 64 units outside the primary discipline of the first major, regardless of the department who offers the course(s) in that discipline (Including general education courses, transfer courses, CPCE/EXTN units, internships, etc.).
 
V. Major Requirements
Minimum 12 courses, including:

 
  • POLS 041 U.S. Government and Politics
  • POLS 051 International Politics
  • POLS 081 Career and Internship Preparation
  • POLS 119 Government in Action: Public Policy Analysis
  • POLS 131 Approaches to Political Theory
  • POLS 133 Political Science Research
  • POLS 151 Principles of Comparative Politics
  • Minimum 3 units from the following internship or research courses:
    • POLS 187a Political Science Internship
    • POLS 187c Pre-Law Internship
    • POLS 197 Undergraduate Research in Political Science
    • JCTR 187 Internship
  • POLS Electives (3 additional courses at the 100-level) or from:
    • PHIL 106 Philosophy of Law
    • PHIL 135 Political Philosophy
    • INTL 174 Global Environmental Policy
  • POLS 189 Capstone Seminar