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, 330, 336, 337, 347, 360, 361, 372, 379, 380, 382; IPE 380
- International Relations: PG 330, 331, 332, 333, 334, 335, 336, 337, 338, 339, 343, 354, 381, 382, 383, 384, 385, 387; IPE 380
- Political Theory: PG 334, 340, 341, 342, 343, 344, 345, 346, 347, 348, 349, 390
- One 400-level senior capstone course in the student's area of concentration;
- 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 one approved course toward a minor or two approved courses toward their Politics and Government Major. Of these courses, only one may apply to the student's area of concentration.
- 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.