Political Science, B.A.

At least 30 credits of political science course work (based on the three-credit-hour per course system), earned in at least ten courses.* Only four credits of honors thesis research may be counted in the total 30 credits. Students may choose one of three options to complete the major in political science.

*Transfer credit for courses taken outside Tulane University involving different credit systems will be evaluated case by case.


General Major in Political Science

Distribution of Course Work

 At least one course in each of the following subfield areas:


Level of Course Work
  1. At least one course at the 100 or 200 level.
  2. At least two courses at the 400 level or above. This does not include internships, independent studies, or honors thesis credits.
  3. Either one course at the 600 level or one four-credit writing course in political science.

Grade Point Average

According to School of Liberal Arts rules, all students must have an overall GPA of 2.0 or better, and a GPA in their major of 2.0 or better, at the time of graduation.


Political Science Major with a Concentration in International Relations

Distribution of Course Work

At least one course in each of the following subfield areas:


Level of Course Work
  1. At least one course at the 100 or 200 level.
  2. At least two courses at the 400 level or above. This does not include internships, independent studies, or honors thesis credits.
  3. Either one course at the 600 level or one four-credit writing course in political science.

Economics Component (nine credits)

Foreign Language Component

Students must demonstrate a proficiency in a modern foreign language normally attained by the completion of three credits of course work beyond the college foreign language proficiency requirement.


Electives

Students selecting the concentration in international relations are expected to focus their political science course work in the two subfields most relevant to their international interests (international politics, organization, and law and comparative political processes and institutions) and to select elective courses which are complementary to their major. Students interested in the concentration should consult with the Chair or Undergraduate Adviser.


Grade Point Average

According to college rules, all students must have an overall GPA of 2.0 or better, and a GPA in their major (including both their political science courses and their political science courses plus required components) of 2.0 or better, at the time of graduation.


Political Science Major with a Concentration in American Politics and Policy

Distribution of Course Work

At least one course in each of the following subfield areas:


Level of Course Work
  1. At least one course at the 100 or 200 level.
  2. At least two courses at the 400 level or above. This does not include internships, independent studies, or honors thesis credits.
  3. Either one course at the 600 level or one four-credit writing course in political science.

Policy Analysis Component

Students will elect one of the following indicated tracks.


Methods Track:

Note(s):

This is a two-course sequence.


Practice Track:

Note(s):

According to College rules, students may not exceed six credits of internship toward their total hours for graduation.


Electives

Students selecting the concentration in American politics and policy are expected to focus their political science course work in the subfield most relevant to their interests (American political processes and institutions). In addition, students will select three courses for a total of nine credits from related electives in American area studies in economics, history, sociology or communication courses. Students should consult with the program director, Professor Maveety, the Chair, or the Undergraduate Adviser for approval of their elective course selections.


Grade Point Average

According to college rules, all students must have an overall GPA of 2.0 or better, and a GPA in their major (including both their political science courses and their political science courses plus required components and electives) of 2.0 or better, at the time of graduation.