Students hoping to transfer in lower-division credits in Political Science should meet with an advisor as soon as they declare their minor to see if a course substitution is possible. In some cases, lower-division electives may be transferred in and accepted as a substitute course for POL 101.
This course introduces students to the structure of American government, the core ideas and values that underlie it, and approaches to effective civic engagement. Through reading, class exercises, and case studies students gain an understanding of how American political institutions function and how to engage in meaningful political action.
Full course description for Introduction to American Government and Politics
Students must take 3 upper division courses in political science. Students may substitute SSCI 300, SSCI 311, SSCI 401, or SSCI 501 for one upper division political science course.