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College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Department of Political Science

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Areas of Study

Major Requirements

As an undergraduate political science major at the University of Denver, you can take advantage of the close interaction and attention of small classes, critical thinking exercises and intensive writing assignments.

You'll explore the meanings of concepts such as justice, democracy, totalitarianism, rights and responsibilities. We aim to develop your capacity to think and act in the world in ways that that will serve you long after graduation.

Degree requirements

  1. Take a minimum of 40 quarter hours of courses in the department—at least 28 of which are 2000- or 3000-level courses.
  2. Take TWO of the following introductory PLSC courses:
    • PLSC 1000: Introduction to American Politics
    • PLSC 1110: Comparative Politics
    • PLSC 1610: Power and Justice
    • PLSC 1810: Law and Society
  3. Complete at least one course at the 2000 or 3000 level in each of four sub-fields:
  4. If you entered the University in Fall 2010 or later (including transfer students), you must take Political Inquiry (PLSC 2901), which will prepare you for in-depth research in the Capstone Seminar in Politics (PLSC 3290). It also prepares qualified students for honors theses. We recommend taking Political Inquiry in your sophomore year.
  5. Take the Capstone Seminar in Politics (PLSC 3290) during your senior year.

Find out about the many other learning opportunities for political science majors, or explore information on the Honors Program—including writing an honors thesis, internships, service learning, study abroad and faculty-student research.

For more information on majoring in political science, see our pages about advising and frequently asked questions.