Political Science Program Requirements

Political science at Fisher covers all the major subfields of the discipline, including American government and politics, comparative politics, international relations, political theory, and law and legal studies.

B.A. Political Science

For students majoring in political science, all courses designated as political science (POSC) that may be applied to the major and STAT 160, are included in the determination of the grade point average in the major. Unless otherwise noted, courses are three credits each.

Requirements

  • POSC 111C - P3 Introduction to American Government
  • POSC 200 - Doing Political Science
  • POSC 208D - CC Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • POSC 209C - P2 Introduction to Political Thought
  • POSC 218 - P3 International Relations
  • POSC 400 - Portfolio Presentation (1)
  • STAT 160 - P4 Introduction to Data Science
  • Three POSC 200-level electives*
  • Three POSC 300-level electives**

Total: 37 credits

*Only POSC 200 level courses or above (with the exception of POSC 104, 105, and 106) may be used for elective credits in the major. Excludes the following 200 level law/legal studies courses:

  • POSC 210 – P3 Law, Politics, and Society
  • POSC 212 – Legal Research and Analysis
  • POSC 217 – The American Jury
  • POSC 252 – Theories of Law
  • POSC 253 – Legal Realism: Old and New
  • POSC 254 – Criminal Courts and Trial
  • POSC 267 – P3 Foundations of U.S. Law

**Excludes internships and the following 300 level law/legal studies courses:

  • POSC 326 – Judicial Behavior
  • POSC 328 – New York Civil Procedure
  • POSC 332 – Constitutional Law I: Government Powers
  • POSC 333 – Constitutional Law II: Civil Liberties, Civil Rights
  • POSC 355 – Issues in Lawyering
  • POSC 398 – Special Topics in Legal Studies

Note: Majors are required to complete POSC 400 Portfolio Presentation during their senior year, unless an alternative course or time is approved by the department chair.

3+3 Legal Education Admissions Program (LEAP)

Political science majors interested in the 3+3 Legal Education Admission Program should consult the Pre-Law Experience section of the Undergraduate Catalog. Upon acceptance into the program and in consultation with their political science advisor, LEAP students complete the following requirements.

Requirements

  • POSC 111C - P3 Introduction to American Government
  • POSC 200 - Doing Political Science
  • POSC 208D - CC Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • POSC 209C - P2 Introduction to Political Thought
  • POSC 218 - P3 International Relations
  • POSC 400 - Portfolio Presentation (1)
  • Two POSC 300-level electives*
  • 15 law school credits in transfer (grades of C or higher)

Total: 37 credits

*Excludes internships and the following 300 level law/legal studies courses:

  • POSC 326 – Judicial Behavior
  • POSC 328 – New York Civil Procedure
  • POSC 332 – Constitutional Law I: Government Powers
  • POSC 333 – Constitutional Law II: Civil Liberties, Civil Rights
  • POSC 355 – Issues in Lawyering
  • POSC 398 – Special Topics in Legal Studies

Minor in Political Science

No course taken to meet a student's major may also be applied to the political science minor unless approved by the department chair. A grade point average of 2.00 is required for all courses take in residence that may be applied to the minor. Unless otherwise noted, all courses are three credits.

Requirements

  • POSC 111C - P3 Introduction to American Government
  • POSC 208D - CC Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • POSC 209C - P2 Introduction to Political Thought
  • POSC 218 - P3 International Relations
  • Two POSC electives at the 300 level or above*

Total: 18 credits

*Excluding internships and the following 300 level law/legal studies courses:

  • POSC 326 - Judicial Behavior
  • POSC 328 - New York Civil Procedure
  • POSC 332 - Constitutional Law I: Government Powers
  • POSC 333 - Constitutional Law II: Civil Liberties, Civil Rights
  • POSC 355 - Issues in Lawyering
  • POSC 398 - Special Topics in Legal Studies

Note: The information here is provided for informational purposes only. For exact requirements as well as course descriptions, visit the Undergraduate Catalog.