Major/Minor Requirements

Major Requirements

Prerequisite Course:

  • 152 Politics of American Democracy

 

Required Courses:

  • 204 Political Thought (3)
  • 206 International Politics (3)
  • 207 Comparative Politics (3)
  • 217 American Public Policy (3)

 

Advanced Elective Courses: Twelve (12) hours of credit selected from 203 or any 300 or 400 level courses. (Normally four courses)

Senior Thesis (May count as advanced credit or be fulfilled on the Washington Semester Program with departmental approval.)

Special Conditions:

  1. POSC 151 (Political Issues) may not be credited toward the major.
  2. POSC 204, 206, 207, and 217 must be taken in residence at Saint Mary's College. Exceptions will be made for transfer students and qualifying foreign programs with the approval of the chair.
  3. Courses taken at other institutions by transfer students must be evaluated by the department chair if the courses are to fulfill major requirements.
  4. Credits from independent study and internships may not be applied toward major requirements. Internships and independent study may be taken only by juniors and seniors.
  5. Washington Semester Program:
    • Students applying to the Washington Semester Program must have completed POSC 152, 206 (for the Foreign Policy Semester), and 217 and be in good academic standing. The department retains discretion to assign, limit, or deny applications to the program because of coursework, grade point average, or number of applicants.
    • Students attending the Washington Semester Program must take two advanced elective courses in residence at Saint Mary's College. The Washington Semester Program fulfills two advanced elective courses (eight credits) in the department. Students using Washington Semester credits in two departments (e.g. Journalism-COTH) will receive fewer credits toward the Political Science major.
    • The senior thesis requirement may be satisfied by completion of a Research Project during the Washington Semester. The department must receive all projects within two weeks of the beginning of the next semester. All projects will be evaluated by the department, and the department reserves the discretion of final approval of project used to meet the senior thesis requirement.
    • College policy prevents students who complete a Washington Semester internship from taking more than two additional credits of internship in any college department and more than two additional credits of independent study in the Political Science Department.
  6. Senior Thesis:
    • All senior theses, whether completed on campus or in Washington, must follow the format established by the department and meet deadlines established by the department.
    • Theses completed on campus may be taken for credit (one credit hour each semester) or no credit.

 

All majors are also governed by the following college rules:

  1. Courses taken at Notre Dame or any other institutions may only be applied to major requirements for exceptional reasons with the approval of the department.
  2. A pass/fail grade in Political Science may only be elected in courses taken beyond the minimum hours required for the major in Political Science.
  3. All courses in the major must be passed with a grade C or better. This includes off-campus courses in all programs or transferred credit.
  4. No more than six (6) credit hours in any internship programs within the department may be counted toward graduation requirements.
  5. No more than six (6) credit hours of independent study within a department may be counted toward graduation requirements.

 

Scheduling:

Currently the department offers 152 each semester, 206 and 207 every fall semester and 204 and 217 every spring semester. Advanced (300, 400 level) courses are usually taught every other year. For example, POSC 314 taught Spring l998 would be taught again in Spring 2000.

Minor Requirements

Prerequisite:

  • 152 Politics of American Democracy
  • Two (2) courses selected from:
    • 204 Political Thought; 206 International Politics;
    • 207 Comparative Politics; or 217 American Public Policy

 

Advanced Courses: At least 6 credit hours, selected from courses at the 300 or 400 level.

Special Conditions:

  1. The department retains the discretion to approve all summer courses that students wish to apply to the minor.
  2. The courses selected from 204, 206, 207, and 217 must be taken in residence at Saint Mary's College.
  3. Not more than three credit hours for the minor may be transferred from another institution.

 

College-Wide Rules on Minors:

  • No more than 50% of the course credits for a minor may be taken at another institution.
  • All course credited toward the minor must be passed with a grade C or better.
  • No pass/fail graded course in Political Science may be credited toward a minor in the Department.

 

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