Majors

Requirements for Concentration:

10 units, including 1 unit at the 100-level in Political Science; 1 unit at the 100- or 200-level in each of the four major fields of political science, i.e., American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Politics, Political Theory; 2 units of graded 300-level work including one 300-level seminar (i.e. a course with a number in the 340s, 350s, 360s, 370s or 380s). Students are required to take 1 unit at the 100-level in political science, and are allowed to count up to 2 units in different subfields at the 100-level in political science toward the major. No more than 1 unit of field work may be counted toward the major. After declaring a major, no course in political science may be elected NRO.

Transfer students and students taking academic leaves of absence:

A minimum of 6 graded units in the political science major must be taken at Vassar.

Senior-Year Requirement:

One 300-level seminar (i.e. a course with a number in the 340s, 350s, 360s, 370s or 380s)

Recommendation:

POLI 207 is highly recommended to all majors because it deals specifically with a basic methodology of political science.

Sequence of Courses:

The department recommends that students take POLI 270 - Modern Political Thought before electing subsequent 200- and 300-level political theory courses. There is no requirement to specialize in one of the four fields, although specialization is permitted.