Our BA in Political Science promotes an extensive understanding of politics by offering a broad course of study. You’ll analyze how people seek influence, exercise authority and justify decisions at local, state, national and international levels. In addition to studying politics, you’ll strengthen writing and speaking skills, evaluate arguments and collect, organize and interpret information from multiple sources, all while working closely with faculty engaged in cutting-edge research.

Our program offers internships, community engagement and study abroad opportunities, which help you gain practical experience, hone organizational skills and form a commitment to public service. You can also qualify for the departmental honors program and undertake an independent research project directed by department faculty. The experience you’ll gain prepares you for a variety of careers in public service, activism and advocacy, lobbying, education or corporate leadership.

What Sets Us Apart

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    We’re an undergraduate-only department, which means our faculty and students can develop close relationships.

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    Our faculty are active researchers, so students have the opportunity to learn about and participate in the research process.

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    Faculty and student research has received support from the American Political Science Association, National Science Foundation, Ford Foundation, Social Science Research Council, Fulbright Program and European University Institute.

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    Students have the opportunity to participate in DU’s Cherrington Global Scholars program or our Global Masters partnership with Lund University, which provides an extended, immersive experience abroad culminating in a joint BA/MS in Political Science.

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Degree Requirements

  • To major in Political Science, students complete 40 credits, 32 of which are at the 2000 or 3000 levels.

  • Distinction in the major includes writing a senior honors thesis, which is dependent upon maintaining a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 and major GPA of 3.7.

  • The minor is 20 credit hours, 12 of which are at the 2000 or 3000 levels.

See the DU Undergraduate Bulletin for full course requirements.


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