Four options are offered in the Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, each adapted to a different objective as described below. The options contain the same common core of foundation courses designed to provide students with a general background in the discipline of political science as well as knowledge essential for attaining a high level of civic literacy.
The General Political Science option is a general program of undergraduate preparation for graduate study that allows students to choose their own upper division courses to prepare for professions in both the public and private sectors.
The Global Politics option is a program of undergraduate preparation for graduate study that focuses on the changing nature of international politics and the emergence of a global political space.
The Prelegal Studies option provides undergraduate preparation for professions in law, education, and public service. While a strong emphasis is placed on developing skills of legal analysis and research, courses in this option also provide students with a critical understanding of the interrelationship between law and politics in American society.
The Public Administration option provides undergraduate preparation for career government service or positions in nonprofit organizations.
The total number of units required for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science is 180 units, of which 65 units are in the major. Consult with an advisor for the specific number of units required in all areas of the degree including GE and free electives.