Major in Politics

Program Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • master and critically analyze key political concepts, systems, and institutions in global, national and local contexts
  • demonstrate critical thinking skills and formulate and defend a thesis in written and oral form
  • design, implement and communicate original research
  • develop skills in collective deliberation, through collaboration and engaging diverse viewpoints
  • examine the relationship between the theories and practices of politics through structured service learning opportunities

Requirements

44 units

Introductory Sequence (8 units)

  • POLS 100 Introduction to Politics: Ideas and Institutions
  • POLS 110 Introduction to Politics: Change and Conflict

Note: Students must achieve a C (2.0) in each introductory course to graduate with a major degree in Politics.

200-Level Courses (8 units)

  • POLS 210 Immigration and Citizenship
  • POLS 220 Urban Politics
  • POLS 230 Political Behavior
  • POLS 240 Money and Power
  • POLS 250 Social Movements
  • POLS 260 Cities, Slums, ad Democracy
  • POLS 270 American Indian Politics

Prerequisite: At least one 100-level course must be completed before taking a 200-level course.

Politics concentration (16 units)

Choose three electives and at least one research (R) course in one of the following:

Politics of Transformation

Principles of Transformation, Extra-Institutional/Informal Processes, Impact of Transformation on Society

  • POLS 302 Modern American Political and Legal Thought
  • POLS 306 Revolutions (R)
  • POLS 307 The Socialist Tradition (R)
  • POLS 308 Literature and Political Thought
  • POLS 310 Politics, Film and Hollywood (R)
  • POLS 314 Theories of Citizenship and Globalization (R)
  • POLS 317 Religion and Politics
  • POLS 319 Baroque to Enlightenment (Honors in the Humanities 326)
  • POLS 324 African American Politics
  • POLS 325 Latin@ Politics (SL)
  • POLS 326 Politics and the Media
  • POLS 327 American Reformers & Revolutionaries
  • POLS 331 Latin American Politics (CD) (R)
  • POLS 332 Theories of Decolonization (R)
  • POLS 337 Women and the Law
  • POLS 338 Gender & Politics in Comparative Perspective (SL)
  • POLS 340 Politics and Change in Russia/Neighboring States
  • POLS 341 Nonviolence in Theory & Practice (R)
  • POLS 342 Politics and Society in Europe
  • POLS 348 Politics and Development in Africa
  • POLS 349 Government & Politics of the Middle East (R)
  • POLS 351 Global Conflict Resolution (R)
  • POLS 352 Human Rights & Global Change (R)
  • POLS 353 Politics of War & Peace
  • POLS 360 Global Environmental Politics
  • POLS 370 USF in DC: Seminar
  • POLS 372 USF in DC: Research
  • POLS 380 Social Justice and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (R)
  • POLS 381 Feminist International Relations
  • POLS 382 Politics of International Aid and Development
  • POLS 397 Fieldwork in Public Interest Organizations (SL)
  • POLS 450 Political Economy of Developing Nations (R)
  • POLS 495 Senior Politics Honors Seminar (R)

Politics of law and justice

Principles of Law and Justice, Legal and Judicial Institutions and Processes, Impact of Law on Society

  • POLS 301 Early American Political and Legal Thought
  • POLS 302 Modern American Political and Legal Thought
  • POLS 307 The Socialist Tradition (R)
  • POLS 316 Law, Politics and the National Pastime (R)
  • POLS 318 Great Trials in America (R)
  • POLS 322 Politics of American Justice (R)
  • POLS 323 Lawmaking (R)
  • POLS 327 American Reformers and Revolutionaries
  • POLS 330 Crime, Law and the Constitution
  • POLS 335 Political Power and Constitutional Law (R)
  • POLS 336 Race, Equality and the Law
  • POLS 337 Women and the Law
  • POLS 339 Free Expression and the Constitution (R)
  • POLS 345 Global Economic Justice (R)
  • POLS 350 International Law and Organizations
  • POLS 352 Human Rights and Global Change
  • POLS 363 Public Policy: Homelessness
  • POLS 367 Public Policy: Drug Policy
  • POLS 368 Public Policy: Punishment
  • POLS 370 USF in DC: Seminar
  • POLS 372 USF in DC: Research
  • POLS 380 Social Justice and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (R)
  • POLS 381 Feminist International Politics
  • POLS 383 Theories of International Relations (R)
  • POLS 495 Senior Politics Honors Seminar (R)

Politics of Governance

Principles of Governance, Political institutions and Processes, State/Society Relations

  • FYS 195 Politics and Multiculturalism in SF
  • POLS 301 Early American Political and Legal Thought
  • POLS 314 Theories of Citizenship and Globalization (R)
  • POLS 321 U.S. Presidency
  • POLS 322 Politics of American Justice (R)
  • POLS 323 Lawmaking (R)
  • POLS 326 Politics and the Media
  • POLS 331 Latin American Politics (CD) (R)
  • POLS 332 Theories of Decolonization (R)
  • POLS 335 Political Power & Constitutional Law (R)
  • POLS 338 Gender & Politics in Comparative Perspective (SL)
  • POLS 339 Free Expression and the Constitution (R)
  • POLS 340 Politics and Change in Russia/Neighboring States
  • POLS 342 Politics and Society in Europe
  • POLS 345 Global Economic Justice (R)
  • POLS 348 Politics and Development in Africa
  • POLS 349 Government & Politics of the Middle East (R)
  • POLS 350 International Law and Organizations
  • POLS 353 Politics of War & Peace
  • POLS 354 International Relations of the Middle East (R)
  • POLS 355 U.S. Foreign Policy (R)
  • POLS 359 International Politics of the Asia Pacific Rim (R)
  • POLS 360 Global Environmental Politics
  • POLS 364 California Politics
  • POLS 367 Public Policy: Drug Policy
  • POLS 368 Public Policy: Punishment
  • POLS 370 USF in DC: Seminar
  • POLS 371 USF in DC: Internship
  • POLS 372 USF in DC: Research
  • POLS 382 Politics of International Aid and Development
  • POLS 383 Theories of International Relations (R)
  • POLS 396 Public Administration Internship (SL)
  • POLS 450 Political Economy of Developing Nations (R)
  • POLS 495 Senior Politics Honors Seminar (R)

Prerequisite: Both 100-level courses and at least one 200-level course must be completed before taking a 300-level course.

Politics Internship/Service Learning Course (4 units)

  • POLS 325 Latin@ Politics
  • POLS 338 Gender and Politics in Comparative Perspecitive
  • POLS 396 Public Administration Internship
  • POLS 397 Fieldwork in Public Interest Organizations

Politics Open Electives (8 units)

Choose any two courses from the concentration lists above.

Senior Honors Thesis and Seminar

For those who have most excelled in their Politics courses and achieved at least a 3.2 GPA in their major, the Department offers the option of enrolling in POLS 495, Senior Politics Honors Seminar. Enrollment is competitive and based on successful application; a call for rising seniors to apply is sent to eligible students before the spring registration period. The seminar is offered every fall, and taught on a rotating basis by department faculty on themes ranging from justice, to participation, to foreign policy. Over the course of the semester, students design, research, and write a substantial and original thesis. The course culminates in a public presentation. POLS 495 may be used to satisfy a required upper division course for the major. It is also a requirement for graduating with Honors in Politics.