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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. in Political Science

All POSC courses that may be applied to the major as well as STAT 160 and STAT 330, are included in the determination of the grade point average in the major.

Requirements

  • POSC 111C – P3 Introduction to American Government (3)
  • POSC 200 – Doing Political Science (3)
  • POSC 208D – CC Introduction to Comparative Politics (3)
  • POSC 209C – P2 Introduction to Political Thought (3)
  • POSC 218 – P3 International Relations (3)
  • POSC 400 – Portfolio Presentation (1)
  • STAT 160 – P4 Introduction to Data Science (3)
  • Three POSC 200-level electives (3)*
  • Three POSC 300-level electives (3)**

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 internships and the following 200 level law/legal studies courses:

  • POSC 210 – P3 Law, Politics, and Society (3)
  • POSC 212 – Legal Research and Analysis (3)
  • POSC 217 – The American Jury (3)
  • POSC 252 – Theories of Law (3)
  • POSC 253 – Legal Realism: Old and New (3)
  • POSC 254 – Criminal Courts and Trial (3)
  • POSC 267 – P3 Foundations of U.S. Law (3)

**May include STAT 330 - Sample Survey Methods, but excludes internships and the following 300 level law/legal studies courses:

  • POSC 325 – Constitutional Law (3)
  • POSC 326 – Judicial Behavior (3)
  • POSC 328 – New York Civil Procedure (3)
  • POSC 355 – Issues in Lawyering (3)
  • POSC 398 – Special Topics in Legal Studies (3)

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.


Political Science Transfer Students

Major Requirements

Students transferring to Fisher with 60 credits are required to complete the following as part of the total 37 credit hours for the major:

  • POSC 200 - Doing Political Science (3)
  • POSC 400 - Portfolio Presentation (1)
  • POSC 200 - level Electives (24)
    Only POSC 200-level courses or above (with the exception of POSC 104, 105,106, and 111) may be used for elective credits in the major. STATS 160 may be applied as a political science elective. The same restrictions apply here as for traditional majors regarding the use of internships and law/legal studies courses as 200-level political science electives (see above).
  • POSC 300-level Electives (9)
    May include STAT 330 - Sample Survey Methods. Excludes internships. All or part of these nine hours may be accepted in transfer. The same restrictions apply here as for traditional majors regarding the use of law/legal studies courses as 300-level political science electives (see above).

Total: 37 credits


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 (3)
  • POSC 200 - Doing Political Science (3)
  • POSC 208D - CC Introduction to Comparative Politics (3)
  • POSC 209C - P2 Introduction to Political Thought (3)
  • POSC 218 - P3 International Relations (3)
  • POSC 400 - Portfolio Presentation (1)
  • TWO POSC 300-level electives, excluding internships and the following courses:
    • POSC 325 – Constitutional Law (3)
    • POSC 326 – Judicial Behavior (3)
    • POSC 328 – New York Civil Procedure (3)
    • POSC 355 – Issues in Lawyering (3)
    • POSC 398 – Special Topics in Legal Studies (3)
  • 15 law school credits in transfer (grades of C or higher)

Total: 37 credits


Minor in Political Science

A grade point average of 2.00 is required for all courses take in residence that may be applied to the minor.

Requirements

  • POSC 111C - P3 Introduction to American Government (3)
  • POSC 208D - CC Introduction to Comparative Politics (3)
  • POSC 209C - P2 Introduction to Political Thought (3)
  • POSC 218 - P3 International Relations (3)
  • TWO POSC electives at the 300 level or above (6)*

Total: 18 credits

*May include STAT 330 - Sample Survey Methods, but excludes internships and the following 300 level law/legal studies courses:

  • POSC 325 - Constitutional Law (3)
  • POSC 326 - Judicial Behavior (3)
  • POSC 328 - New York Civil Procedure (3)
  • POSC 355 - Issues in Lawyering (3)
  • POSC 398 - Special Topics in Legal Studies (3)

Note: No course taken to meet a student's major may also be applied to the political science minor unless approved by the department chair.


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