All majors are required to take introductory courses in each of the four subfields of political science:
- POLS 101 Introduction to American Politics
- POLS 102 Introduction to International Politics
- POLS 103 The Nature of Politics
- POLS 104 Introduction to Comparative Politics
Students must also take four POLS electives and the senior seminar in political science.
The College degree requirement of eight semester hours of independent learning may be met by a combination of the following:
- POLS 350 Independent Study
- POLS 355 Thesis
- POLS 370 Internship (eight credit hours)
- POLS 380 Field Work
- POLS 390 Seminar
The independent study requirement may also be met with one course from another department. With the exception of a seminar, these eight semester hours are in addition to the 36 semester hours required in the political science major.
Please use our Political Science Major Tracking Form to chart your progress.
Many Simmons political science majors choose to combine political science with another major, most commonly with economics, international relations, history, education, a foreign language, psychology, English, sociology, management, or communications. Students have also combined political science with many other courses of study, including pre-med, accounting, and music. We encourage double majors and deliberately have kept the requirements for political science majors flexible to accommodate them. Please note, however, that double majors are expected to fulfill all the departmental requirements in political science. If you choose to major in Political Science, you must take the department's senior seminar during the fall semester of your senior year.