B.A., B.S. Degrees
The political science and public administration majors at CMU are designed for you to take courses in a wide variety of topics. These fields include comparative politics, political theory, international relations, American state and local government, American national political institutions, nonprofits, public administration and research methods and processes.
Students must choose between the following:
- Political Science Major
- International Relations Major
- Public and Nonprofit Administration Major
Courses taken on a Credit/No Credit basis may not be counted toward majors and minors in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, with the following exceptions: internship (PSC 395), practicums (PSC 393 & 394) and lab course (PSC 355). In the case of these exceptions, no more than three credits total may be applied to the major or minor. Majors and minors in International Relations should enroll in PSC 150 as freshman (see course description). Transfer students majoring in International Relations will be expected to take at least 15 hours of course work in the department; transfer minors, 12 hours.
It is recommended that all political science majors enroll in PSC 280 during their sophomore year.
Politics& Political Science, Social Sciences
4 years | Full time
- - Total Credit Hours: 33 semester hours - Lower Level Programs costs 789 $ per Hour
A political science major consists of 33 hours. A minimum of 15 hours of course work must be at the 300 level or above. Courses taken on a Credit/No Credit basis may not be counted toward political science majors or political science minors, with the following exceptions: Internships (PSC 395), Practicums (PSC 393 & 394) and lab courses (PSC 355). In the case of these exceptions, no more than three credits total may be applied to the major or minor. Majors and minors in political science should enroll in PSC 105 as freshmen (see course description). Transfer students majoring in political science will be expected to take at least 15 hours of coursework in the department; transfer minors, 12 hours. It is recommended that all political science majors enroll in PSC 280QR during their sophomore year. Any regular faculty member in the department can serve as the student’s advisor on a major or minor. Internships: The department has established an internship program where students are provided relevant firsthand work experience. The duration of an internship can vary depending on the number of credit hours (1-12) taken. Students majoring in political science are allowed to count three internship credit hours toward their major or minor.
Total: 33 semester hours Note: A minimum of 15 hours of PSC and/or PAD course work must be at the 300 level or above.
- Required Courses I (15 hours)
PSC 100 Introduction to Political Science 3 hours
PSC 105I ntroduction to American Government and Politics 3 hours
PSC 261 State and Local Government 3 hours
PSC 275 Great Political Thinkers 3 hours
PSC 280 QRIntroduction to Empirical Methods of Political Research 3 hours
- Required Courses II (3 hours)
Select one of the following:
PSC 513 Citizen Engagement in Public Life 3 hours
PSC 520 American National Government and Politics 3 hours
PSC 590I ndependent Study1-6 hours
- Required Courses III (15 hours)
Select 15 hours of PSC and/or PAD courses. OR Select one of the following certificates: Undergraduate Certificate – Citizen Engagement Undergraduate Certificate – Political Advocacy and Elections Undergraduate Certificate – Lawmaking and Legal Processes A student earning a certificate must choose courses different than those chosen to fulfill the major required courses. Up to 6 hours of course work from one certificate may be used to fulfill requirements in another certificate in the department. Although the major may be combined with any of the certificates, students pursuing the major in Political Science are advised to consider choosing one from among the list above.
Only one is required