As a Political Science major, you can pursue a bachelor of arts or a bachelor of science degree. Lower-division courses at the 100 and 200 levels are introductory, setting foundations for the major. Upper-division courses at the 300 level develop skills and are usually offered in lecture format. Our 400 level courses generally offer smaller, more advanced and specialized opportunities to refine skills.
There are no departmental prerequisites for students who wish to declare a Political Science major.
Students are encouraged to pick Career Paths, to guide them through courses and toward career objectives. PS Majors may be awarded up to two Career Path Certificates of Completion upon graduation. Find details on Career Paths webpage.
In addition to the major requirements, undergraduates must also satisfy university requirements for a bachelor of science or bachelor of arts degree, including group and multicultural requirements, as described on the Registrar’s Office website. Many political science courses simultaneously satisfy university and major requirements.
Students planning to transfer to the university should take the basic introductory political science courses offered at their current institution. To best match UO PS requirements, students should take two 100 level and two 200 level, if possible. At least 20 credits in upper-division graded political science courses must be completed in residence at the University of Oregon to qualify for a bachelor’s degree in Political Science.
Students who transfer with junior or higher standing (90+ credits) should complete an Initial Degree Review prior to initial registration at UO or during the first term of enrollment. During this review, the advisor and student will discuss how previous political science coursework will count toward their degree. Exceptions for transferred courses may only be granted during the first term as a PS major. It is the student’s responsibility to request a review of the degree guide.
Second Bachelor’s Degree
Students who would like to earn a second bachelor’s degree or a second or double major in political science must complete 48 credits in political science, as outlined in the Major Requirements above. Students who are considering a second bachelor’s degree and have prior political science credits should consult with the Undergraduate Advisor, as some prior political science credits may not be applicable to a second bachelor’s degree.
Looking to learn more? Discuss your academic plans with our PS Advisors.
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