All students intending to major in Political Science must enroll as
Prepolitical Science majors. After completion of preparation for the
major courses, they need to petition to enter the major in the
Undergraduate Office, 4269 Bunche Hall.
Preparation for the Major
Required: Any four lower division courses from Political Science 10,
20, 30, 40, 50. These lower division courses are requisites to some upper
division courses. Students must also take one statistics
course from Political Science 6 or 6R. PS 6 or 6R may be
taken for credit and is not considered a repeat of content if another
of the listed statistics courses has already been taken.
Students must complete all premajor courses with a 2.0
grade-point average by the time they attain 135 units. Admission to the
major is granted only after successful completion of all lower division
To be admitted as Political Science majors, transfer students with
90 or more units must complete the following introductory courses prior
to admission to UCLA: one statistics course and four courses from
political theory, world politics, political economy, American politics,
or comparative politics.
Required: Ten upper division courses (40 units) selected from
Political Science 104A through 199 taken for a letter grade. These courses must be taken
for a letter grade. Students are required to maintain a 2.0 overall
grade-point average in all upper division political science courses.
Upper division political science courses are organized into six fields: (I) political theory, (II) international relations, (III)
American politics, and (IV) comparative politics, (V) methods and models, (VI) Race, Ethnicity and politics.
In fulfilling the requirement of 10 upper division political science courses, students must satisfy the following:
1. A concentration in one field by completing the lower division course and at least three upper division courses in that field
2. A distribution of one upper
division course in each of three other fields (three upper division
3. Four additional elective courses in political science to comprise the total of 10
Field Concentration Requirements
Specific requirements for the field concentration are as follows:
I. Political Theory: Any three courses in Field I
II. International Relations: Any three upper division courses in Field II
III. American Politics: Any three courses in Field III
IV. Comparative Politics: Any three courses in
Field IV. Course 118 may also be applied toward concentration in this
V: Methods and Models: Any three courses in Field V.
VI: Race, Ethnicity and Politics: Any three courses in Field VI
Courses 119, 139, 149, 169 and 179 may be applied no more than twice
toward the field concentration requirement. No more than three of these
courses may be applied toward the major.
Courses 195CE, 191H, 198, and 199 may not be applied toward either the concentration or distribution requirement.
Political Science majors should be aware that the upper division
course requirements in the major (40 units) do not meet the upper
division requirement of 60 units (effective Fall Quarter 1997) for
graduation. Additional upper division units must be taken to reach the
The department offers seminars (Political
Science 191A through 191F) in each field. The requisites are two
upper division courses in the field in which the seminar is offered, a
3.25 average at the upper division level in political science, or
discretion of the instructor. These courses may be applied toward
either the concentration or distribution requirement, and students who
qualify are encouraged to take them.
The department honors program is open to seniors and to students
who (1) have completed five upper division political science courses
(two of which are in one field), (2) have a 3.5 grade-point average in
upper division political science courses, and (3) are eligible for
College of Letters and Science honors. Students should have substantial
experience in writing research papers before they enter the
honors program or course 191H.
Students wishing to qualify for graduation with departmental
honors must complete the following: (1) courses 191H, 198, in
which a senior thesis is written; (2) six upper division courses
(excluding courses 119, 139, 149, 169 and 179) distributed as follows: three
courses in one field, three additional courses, one in each of three
other fields. Click here for more specific honors information.