Political Science Major

Political Science majors must complete at least 36 semester hours from departmental offerings or from courses of study approved by the department. These courses must include the following:

  • QTM 100: Introduction to Statistical Inference*

  • POLS 100: National Politics in the United States

  • POLS 208: Political Science Research Methods**      

  • POLS 110: Intro to International Politics
  • POLS 120: Intro to Comparative Politics

  • Completion of a concentration in one of the four major fields: American, International, Comparative or Theory. This includes a 200-level intermediate course (corresponding to concentration), elective in concentration, research course in concentration (POLS 394/494 or course with RSCH prefix) and a political theory course. 
  • At least two elective courses chosen from among departmental offerings.

*Appropriate substitutes for QTM 100 include: QTM 220, ECON 220, POLS 310 or BUS 350. 

** One of the following can be used as prerequiste: QTM 100, ECON 220 or POLS 310. 

Requirements checklist effective May 2015

Political Science Courses by Area

To declare a major, please come to the department office, Room 327 Tarbutton Hall. If you have any questions or concerns about major requirements, please contact Genevieve Reavis. 

Additional Requirements and Procedures

  • A minimum of seven courses which must be taken at Emory University or Oxford College. Four courses must be taken at or above the 300 level. Political Science majors may get credit for up to four courses taken outside of Emory (study abroad programs, Bard Globalization and International Affairs & Washington Semester Programs, transfer and transient credits) that have been approved by the department (please submit to Genevieve Reavis).  Students may not double major in Political Science and International Studies; nor may a student major in International Studies and minor in Political Science.
  • No courses taken pass/fail (S/U) may count toward the major. This means that courses taken abroad in non-Emory approved programs, which as such receive only S/U grades, cannot count toward the major. The only exception is the Washington Semester Program or the Bard International Affairs and Globalization Program. Students may use up to eight hours (or two courses) of Washington Semester credit or Bard credit as elective credit towards the Political Science Major.
  • No more than four 100-level Political Science courses may be used to satisfy the major.
  • Four courses must be taken at or above the 300 level.
  • One elective course can be satisfied by a POLS 496 Internship or a POLS 497 Directed Study. 
  • Any course with a POLS prefix may fulfill a major elective, except the elective in concentration (must correspond to concentration). 
  • Major status does not guarantee enrollment in any particular course. Some classes may require course prerequisites or other requirements for enrollment.
  • Courses cross-listed between Political Science and another department or program will count as Political Science courses. 

Note on the Research Course Requirement

Courses that are designated as research classes are NOT focused exclusively on research.  In most cases the course is quite similar to other Political Science classes, except that it contains a major research paper. We encourage students to contact the professor to determine the parameters of the major paper in the research class.