General Requirements for the Major or Minor
General university degree requirements stipulate that 1) at least four units of the major or three units of the minor be taken in residence at Puget Sound; 2) students earn a GPA of 2.0 in courses taken for the major or the minor; and 3) all courses taken for a major or minor must be taken for graded credit. Any exceptions to these stipulations are indicated in the major and minor degree requirements listed below.
Requirements for the Major
- Completion of a minimum of ten units in the Department of Politics and Government to include
- Three 100-level courses (PG 101, 102, 103, or 104);
- PG 200;
- Five 300-level courses, three of which must be taken in the student's area of concentration within the discipline:
- U.S. Politics: PG 304, 305, 306, 308, 309, 310, 311, 312, 313, 314, 315, 316, 317, 318, 319, 344, 346, 353, 354, or 355
- Comparative Politics: PG 315, 321, 323, 325, 326, 328, 336, 337, 347, 360, 361, 372, 378, 382; IPE 380
- International Relations: PG 331, 332, 333, 334, 335, 336, 337, 338, 339, 343, 354, 381, 382; IPE 380
- Political Theory: PG 334, 340, 341, 342, 343, 344, 345, 346, 347, 348, 349, 390
- One 400-level Senior Seminar in the student's area of concentration;
- One statistical methods course (MATH 160 or equivalent) or completion of one unit of Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Latin, Japanese, or Spanish at the 201 level or above (or other languages approved by the department).
- At least five units of the total must be completed at Puget Sound.
- Any deviation from these requirements requires written approval by the chair of the Politics and Government Department.
Requirements for the Minor
- Completion of a minimum of five units in the Department of Politics and Government to include
- Two 100-level courses (PG 101, 102, 103, or 104);
- Three units at the 300 level. One course may be at the 400 level;
- Any deviation from these requirements requires written approval by the Chair of the Politics and Government Department.
Notes for Majors and Minors
- Students who study abroad may apply two approved courses toward their Politics and Government Major. Of these courses, only one may apply to the student's area of concentration.
- With prior approval of the Politics and Government Department, one unit of PG 498 may apply toward the major.
- Independent study and IPE upper-division courses may count toward the major with prior approval of the department.
- The Politics and Government Department will determine on a case-by-case basis the acceptability of courses that may be applied to a major or minor based on the age of the course.
- Students wishing to write a senior thesis can apply for entry into PG 490 (Thesis in Politics and Government) upon completion of the fall senior capstone course and fulfillment of application requirements.