Programs of Study

Requirements, Courses, and FAQs for Undergraduate Students

Programs and Requirements

Major

UConn political science majors engage in hands-on experiences that demonstrate the real-world applications of their degrees. Students do this through projects in small, upper-division classes; through internships at the local, state, and national levels; through developing their own independent research projects under the guidance of a faculty mentor; and by engaging with the UConn community via student organizations, publications, and government.

The Department offers a broad range of courses in six categories:

  • Theory and Methodology
  • Comparative Politics
  • International Relations
  • American Politics
  • Public Administration, Policy, and Law
  • Race, Gender and Ethnic Politics

Courses are available in person and online throughout the year, including winter and summer sessions, offering students the maximum flexibility to complete their degree.

Visit the Undergraduate Catalog site for a full list of requirements.

Find out more about the political science honors program.

Minor

Students must complete an introductory 1000-level course selected from POLS 1002, 1202, 1207, 1402, or 1602. At least one additional 1000-level course is recommended.

Students must also complete at least 15 credits of coursework at the 2000 level or higher. A W or Q course may be substituted for the same numbered course. Of these 15 credits, nine credits (three courses) must be taken from three of the six subdivisions. Crosslisted courses may only count once towards this distribution.

  • POLS 3991 and 3999 may not count towards the minor. POLS 3995 will count towards the minor but will only count towards the subdivision requirement with the consent of the advisor.
  • POLS 2998 courses apply to minor and may count towards the subdivision requirement. The subdivisions that these courses are assigned to can be found here.
  • Completion of a minor requires that a student earn a C (2.0) grade or better in each of the required courses for that minor.
    No substitutions are allowed.

Visit the Undergraduate Catalog site for a full list of requirements.

Fifth-Year Master of Arts in Political Science

Current UConn undergraduates can begin graduate-level study during their senior year and continue for a fifth year after completing their undergraduate requirements. This 30-credit master's program exposes students to a wide range of political science methodologies, preparing them to conduct independent research in politics.

Find out more about the Fifth-Year Master of Arts in Political Science.

For questions about any of these programs, please contact your academic advisor.

All political science freshmen, sophomore, and transfer students are assigned to Suzanne Waterman, academic advisor for the Department of Political Science. Juniors and seniors are assigned to faculty advisors. All students are welcome to make an appointment with Suzanne.

Learn more about academic advising and resources.

Undergraduate Courses

Fall 2020

1002. Introduction to Political Theory

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: RHAG students cannot take more than 22 credits of 1000 level courses

Grading Basis: Graded

Major themes of political theory such as justice, obligation, and equality, and their relevance to contemporary political concerns. CA 1.

1202. Introduction to Comparative Politics

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: RHAG students cannot take more than 22 credits of 1000 level courses

Grading Basis: Graded

A survey of institutions, politics, and ideologies in democratic and non-democratic states. CA 2. CA 4-INT.

1207. Introduction to Nonwestern Politics

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: RHAG students cannot take more than 22 credits of 1000 level courses

Grading Basis: Graded

A survey of institutions, ideologies, development strategies, and the political processes in nonwestern culture. CA 2. CA 4-INT.

1402. Introduction to International Relations

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: RHAG students cannot take more than 22 credits of 1000 level courses

Grading Basis: Graded

The nature and problems of international politics. CA 2. CA 4-INT. SM-9/09

1602. Introduction to American Politics

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: RHAG students cannot take more than 22 credits of 1000 level courses

Grading Basis: Graded

Analysis of the organization and operation of the American political system. CA 2.

1602W. Introduction to American Politics

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1007 or 1010 or 1011 or 2011 or 3800. RHAG students cannot take more than 22 credits of 1000 level courses.

Grading Basis: Graded

Analysis of the organization and operation of the American political system. CA 2.

2062W. Privacy in the Information Age

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1007 or 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Grading Basis: Graded

Provides a thematic overview of privacy from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. Public policy, legal and ethical debates surrounding privacy and the impact of technology and scientific advances on how privacy is conceptualized, valued, enacted, and protected.

2072Q. Quantitative Analysis in Political Science

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Recommended preparation: High School Algebra II and a mathematics course.

Grading Basis: Graded

Explanation of the quantitative methods used in political science. Application of these methods for the analysis of substantive political questions.

2607. American Political Parties

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: POLS 1602.

Grading Basis: Graded

An analysis of the aims, organization, and growth of parties in the United States.

2998. Political Issues

3.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

An exploration of the fundamental nature of political conflicts on the national and international levels. May be repeated for credit with a change in subject matter.

2998W. Political Issues

3.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: ENGL 1007 or 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Grading Basis: Graded

An exploration of the fundamental nature of political conflicts on the national and international levels.

3002. Classical and Medieval Political Theory

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

An examination of Greek, Roman and early Judeo-Christian political ideas and institutions, and their relevance to the present.

3012. Modern Political Theory

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Major political doctrines of the modern period up through the end of the 19th century, and their influence upon political movements and institutions as they are reflected in the democratic and nondemocratic forms of government.

3032. American Political Thought and Ideology

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

American political thought from the colonial to the contemporary period. Political thought discussed as the ideological expression of the larger sociopolitical situation.

3042. Theories of Human Rights

Also offered as: HRTS 3042

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Various theories of human rights, both historical and contemporary. Conceptual arguments both in favor and critical of the theory and practice of human rights will be considered, with literature taken primarily from philosophy and political theory.

3202W. Comparative Political Parties and Electoral Systems

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1007 or 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

A focus on political party and electoral systems around the world, including advanced industrial nations, transitional nations, and less developed nations. Issues such as the relationship between electoral and party systems, democratic reform, voting behavior, and organization of political parties are examined.

3208W. Politics of Oil

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1007 or 1010 or 1011 or 2011; Recommended preparation: POLS 1202 or 1207.

Grading Basis: Graded

Historical and contemporary role of oil in comparative politics and international relations. CA 2. SM-3/31/08

3212. Comparative Perspectives on Human Rights

Also offered as: HRTS 3212

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Cultural difference and human rights in areas of legal equality, women's rights, political violence, criminal justice, religious pluralism, global security, and race relations.

3216. Women in Political Development

Also offered as: WGSS 3216

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open to juniors or higher, others by consent

Grading Basis: Graded

How women and gender circumscribe political life and generate relationships of inequality and justice on a global scale. Topics may include conflict and security, development, human rights and legal systems, labor and migration, nation building, political economy, and transnational justice.

3235. Latin American Politics

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Theories and institutions of Latin American politics, with emphasis on issues of stability and change.

3402. Contemporary International Politics

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Problems in international relations with emphasis on changing characteristics of international politics.

3406. Globalization and Political Change

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Origins and contested definitions of globalization, and its impact on national, regional and international institutions and political processes. Designed for upper-level undergraduate students with a solid grounding in comparative politics and international relations.

3412. Global Environmental Politics

Also offered as: EVST 3412

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Politics of how humans and natural systems interact. Managing the global environment, regulating resource commons, and coordinating to solve environmental problems.

3429. Political Violence

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open to Juniors or higher. Recommended preparation: POLS 1402.

Grading Basis: Graded

Nature and origins of violence, including torture, genocide, terrorism, and civil war, on the part of individuals, non-state groups, and states.

3430. Evaluating Human Rights Practices of Countries

Also offered as: HRTS 3430

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Examination of the ways in which governments, businesses, NGOs, IGOs, and scholars assess which human rights are being respected by governments of the world. Hands-on experience in rating the level of government respect for human rights in countries around the world.

3464W. Arab-Israeli Conflict

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1007 or 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Grading Basis: Graded

Political relations between Arabs and Israelis with an emphasis on war and diplomacy.

3472. South Asia in World Politics

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Relations among countries of South Asia and between this region and the rest of the world. Problems of development and security confronting South Asian countries. CA 4-INT. SM-2/25/08

3606. The Politics of Election Administration

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: POLS 1602.

Grading Basis: Graded

An analysis of the politics of election administration. Topics include: the roles of state and local governments; the participation of candidates, political parties, and voters; convenience-voting options, new technologies, voter turnout, and voter errors; redistricting; voter suppression and voter fraud; and prospects for reform.

3608. The Art, Science, and Business of Political Campaigns

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: POLS 1602.

Grading Basis: Graded

An analysis of strategy, communications, fundraising, and voter mobilization in contemporary political campaigns.

3612. Electoral Behavior

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Explaining elections and the basis for voters' decisions.

3618. Politics of Inequality

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Relationship between democracy and inequality. Economic inequality and its causes, poverty, public opinion, inequalities in political voice and representation, public policy, the role of money in politics.

3625. Public Opinion

Also offered as: PP 3030

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Concepts, theories, structure, and substance of public opinion.

3632W. Urban Politics

Also offered as: URBN 3632W

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1007 or 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Political systems and problems confronting urban governments.

3647. Black Leadership and Civil Rights

Also offered as: AFRA 3647

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Black leadership, emphasizing the principles, goals, and strategies used by African-American men and women to secure basic citizenship rights during the civil rights era.

3672. Women and Politics

Also offered as: WGSS 3052

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

An introduction to feminist thought, the study of women as political actors, the feminist movement and several public policy issues affecting women.

3710. Political Science Fiction

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

International relations theory and speculative fiction as interpretations and interrogations of war, peace, politics, knowledge, and imagination.

3802. Constitutional Law

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

The role of the Supreme court in expounding and developing the United States Constitution. Topics include judicial review, separation of powers, federalism, and due process.

3807. Constitutional Rights and Liberties

Also offered as: HRTS 3807, AMST 3807

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

The role of the Supreme Court in interpreting the Bill of Rights. Topics include freedoms of speech and religion, criminal due process, and equal protection.

3812. Judiciary in the Political Process

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: POLS 1602; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

The Supreme Court in the Political Process.

3817. Law and Society

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher. When students intend to take several courses in the Judicial Process field, it is recommended that 3817 be taken first.

Grading Basis: Graded

Leading schools of legal thought, fundamental principles and concepts of law, the basic framework of legal institutions, and judicial procedure. Particular attention is devoted to the general features of American law as it affects the citizen, and primary emphasis is placed on the function of law as a medium for attaining a balance of social interests in a politically organized society.

3822. Law and Popular Culture

Also offered as: AMST 3822

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Exploration of themes in the study of law and courts by contrasting scholarly work against representations of such themes in movies, televisions, and other media of popular culture.

3827. Politics of Crime and Justice

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Criminal justice in the United States, with emphasis on the links between law, politics, and administration.

3832. Maritime Law

Also offered as: MAST 3832

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

International and domestic legal concepts concerning jurisdiction in a maritime setting.

3842. Public Administration

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

The politics of public administration. Role of administrative agencies and officials in American national, state, and local governments.

3991. Supervised Field Work

1.00 - 12.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

Students taking this course will be assigned a final grade of S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory).

3991. Supervised Field Work

3.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

Students taking this course will be assigned a final grade of S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory).

3999. Independent Study

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

May be repeated for credit with a change in subject matter. Open only with consent of instructor and department head.

4994. Senior Seminar

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Required for students in the Honors Program. Weekly seminar on selected topics in political science. Students must complete this course prior to their final semester.

4997W. Senior Thesis

3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

Prerequisites: ENGL 1007 or 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Honors Credit

All honors students writing an honors thesis in Political Science must take this course in each of their last two semesters. Course may be repeated once for credit.

Spring 2021

1002. Introduction to Political Theory

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: RHAG students cannot take more than 22 credits of 1000 level courses

Grading Basis: Graded

Major themes of political theory such as justice, obligation, and equality, and their relevance to contemporary political concerns. CA 1.

1202. Introduction to Comparative Politics

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: RHAG students cannot take more than 22 credits of 1000 level courses

Grading Basis: Graded

A survey of institutions, politics, and ideologies in democratic and non-democratic states. CA 2. CA 4-INT.

1402. Introduction to International Relations

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: RHAG students cannot take more than 22 credits of 1000 level courses

Grading Basis: Graded

The nature and problems of international politics. CA 2. CA 4-INT. SM-9/09

1602. Introduction to American Politics

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: RHAG students cannot take more than 22 credits of 1000 level courses

Grading Basis: Graded

Analysis of the organization and operation of the American political system. CA 2.

1602W. Introduction to American Politics

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1007 or 1010 or 1011 or 2011 or 3800. RHAG students cannot take more than 22 credits of 1000 level courses.

Grading Basis: Graded

Analysis of the organization and operation of the American political system. CA 2.

2072Q. Quantitative Analysis in Political Science

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Recommended preparation: High School Algebra II and a mathematics course.

Grading Basis: Graded

Explanation of the quantitative methods used in political science. Application of these methods for the analysis of substantive political questions.

2450. Nuclear Security

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Recommended preparation: POLS 1402. Not open for credit to students who have passed POLS 2998 when offered as "Nuclear Security."

Grading Basis: Graded

The development of nuclear weapons and their consequences. Topics include the science and history of nuclear weapons, as well as nuclear proliferation, terrorism, and strategy.

2602W. Religion and Politics in America

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1007 or 1010 or 1011 or 2011. Not open for credit to students who have passed POLS 2998 when taught as Religion and Politics. Recommended preparation: POLS 1602.

Grading Basis: Graded

The interaction and relationship between religion and politics in the U.S. political system. CA 4.

2607. American Political Parties

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: POLS 1602.

Grading Basis: Graded

An analysis of the aims, organization, and growth of parties in the United States.

2998. Political Issues

3.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

An exploration of the fundamental nature of political conflicts on the national and international levels. May be repeated for credit with a change in subject matter.

2998W. Political Issues

3.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: ENGL 1007 or 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Grading Basis: Graded

An exploration of the fundamental nature of political conflicts on the national and international levels.

3017. Contemporary Political Theory

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Major political writings from 1900 to the present.

3023W. Politics and Literature

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1007 or 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher, first year students and sophomores by permission.

Grading Basis: Graded

An examination of major works of literature that either describe governing systems and institutions, interpret political processes and clashes, or address perennial themes in political philosophy and theory. CA 2.

3027W. Historical Women Political Thinkers

Also offered as: WGSS 3027W

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1007 or 1010 or 1011 or 2011, open to juniors or higher. Recommended preparation: POLS 1002. Not open to students who have passed POLS 2998W when offered as "Historical Women Political Thinkers."

Grading Basis: Graded

Critical study of the writings of several historical women political thinkers.

3062. Democratic Theory

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open to juniors or higher. Recommended preparation: POLS 1002, 3002 or 3012.

Grading Basis: Graded

Survey of theories of democracy from classical times to the present; analysis of defenders and critics of democracy.

3072. Political Protest and Ideology

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Variants of major ideologies such as liberalism, socialism, communism, anarchism, fascism, and feminism in their socio-historical context, as well as alternative visions from the Third World.

3082. Critical Race Theory as Political Theory

Also offered as: AMST 3082

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open to Juniors or Higher. Recommended preparation: POLS 1002.

Grading Basis: Graded

Interdisciplinary scholarship on racial identity, legal decisions, and political action from the perspective of political science and political theory. Topics include interactions between states and social movements, the intersections of race, class, gender, and membership, and the problems with both post-racialism and identity politics.

3209. Sustainable Energy in the 21st Century

Also offered as: ENGR 3209, HRTS 3209

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Political, socioeconomic, environmental, science and engineering challenges of energy sources; comparison of feasibility and sustainability of energy policies around the world.

3216. Women in Political Development

Also offered as: WGSS 3216

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open to juniors or higher, others by consent

Grading Basis: Graded

How women and gender circumscribe political life and generate relationships of inequality and justice on a global scale. Topics may include conflict and security, development, human rights and legal systems, labor and migration, nation building, political economy, and transnational justice.

3245. Chinese Politics and Economy

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher. Recommended preparation: a 1000-level course in Economics

Grading Basis: Graded

Chinese political structure and policymaking process, attempts at democratization, process and outcome of economic reforms, development challenges in contemporary China.

3247. Gender and War

Also offered as: WGSS 3247

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Gender aspects of war. Masculinities and militaries; gender-based war violence; laws of war and post-war conditions for male and female soldiers and civilians.

3252. Politics In Africa

Also offered as: AFRA 3252

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

The political systems in contemporary Africa; the background of the slave trade, imperialism, colonialism, and the present concerns of nationalism, independence, economic development and military rule. Emphasis on sub-Saharan Africa.

3406W. Globalization and Political Change

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1007 or 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Origins and contested definitions of globalization, and its impact on national, regional and international institutions and political processes. Designed for upper-level undergraduate students with a solid grounding in comparative politics and international relations.

3410. International Political Economy

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Politics of international economic relations: trade, finance, foreign direct investment, aid.

3418. International Organizations and Law

Also offered as: HRTS 3418

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

The role of intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations and international law in world affairs with special attention to contemporary issues.

3426. Politics, Propaganda, and Cinema

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Lectures and films from several nations serve to illustrate techniques and effects of propaganda, analyzing the pervasive impact that propaganda has on our lives. The course concentrates on the World War II era.

3430. Evaluating Human Rights Practices of Countries

Also offered as: HRTS 3430

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Examination of the ways in which governments, businesses, NGOs, IGOs, and scholars assess which human rights are being respected by governments of the world. Hands-on experience in rating the level of government respect for human rights in countries around the world.

3434W. Honors Core: Excavating the International in Everyday Practices

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1007 or 1010 or 1011 or 2011. Recommended Preparation: POLS 1402.

Grading Basis: Graded

Examination of daily international practices utilizing an everyday objects lens, with attention to ethical implications for activism, change, and social justice.

3601. Modern American Presidency

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Not open for credit to students who have passed POLS 2998 when taught as Modern American Presidency. Recommended preparation: POLS 1602 and 3600.

Grading Basis: Graded

Developments in the presidency from President Franklin Roosevelt to the present.

3610W. American Politics in Film

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: POLS 1602 and ENGL 1007 or 1010 or 1011 or 2011

Grading Basis: Graded

An examination of films that describe the development of American political institutions, norms, and values; that portray the processes exhibited in contemporary political institutions or the behaviors that characterize modern-day politicians; or that interpret recurring clashes in American politics. CA 2.

3612. Electoral Behavior

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Explaining elections and the basis for voters' decisions.

3617. American Political Economy

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Theoretical foundations of the American political economy. Examination of selected public policy issues, including interaction between economic factors and incentives, and democratic institutions and processes.

3618. Politics of Inequality

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Relationship between democracy and inequality. Economic inequality and its causes, poverty, public opinion, inequalities in political voice and representation, public policy, the role of money in politics.

3622. American Political Leadership

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Study of American political leadership as it relates to political culture, institutions and democratic principles.

3632. Urban Politics

Also offered as: URBN 3632

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Political systems and problems confronting urban governments.

3633. Race and Policy

Also offered as: PP 3033, AFRA 3033

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Examination of contemporary public policy through the lens of race.

3642. African American Politics

Also offered as: AFRA 3642

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Political behavior, theory, and ideology of African-Americans, with emphasis on contemporary U.S. politics. CA 4.

3802. Constitutional Law

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

The role of the Supreme court in expounding and developing the United States Constitution. Topics include judicial review, separation of powers, federalism, and due process.

3807. Constitutional Rights and Liberties

Also offered as: HRTS 3807, AMST 3807

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

The role of the Supreme Court in interpreting the Bill of Rights. Topics include freedoms of speech and religion, criminal due process, and equal protection.

3817. Law and Society

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher. When students intend to take several courses in the Judicial Process field, it is recommended that 3817 be taken first.

Grading Basis: Graded

Leading schools of legal thought, fundamental principles and concepts of law, the basic framework of legal institutions, and judicial procedure. Particular attention is devoted to the general features of American law as it affects the citizen, and primary emphasis is placed on the function of law as a medium for attaining a balance of social interests in a politically organized society.

3822W. Law and Popular Culture

Also offered as: AMST 3822W

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1007 or 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Exploration of themes in the study of law and courts by contrasting scholarly work against representations of such themes in movies, televisions, and other media of popular culture.

3827. Politics of Crime and Justice

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Criminal justice in the United States, with emphasis on the links between law, politics, and administration.

3991. Supervised Field Work

1.00 - 12.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

Students taking this course will be assigned a final grade of S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory).

3999. Independent Study

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

May be repeated for credit with a change in subject matter. Open only with consent of instructor and department head.

4894. Political Science Colloquium

1.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 2 credits.

Prerequisites: Instructor consent. Recommended preparation: recommended for sophomore or junior Honors students.

Grading Basis: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

Faculty research presentations demonstrating current topics of investigation within the department, literature review skills, and research design techniques. Recommended for sophomore and junior Honors students who are beginning their thesis research. May be repeated for up to two credits. Students taking this course will be assigned a final grade of S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory).

4997W. Senior Thesis

3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

Prerequisites: ENGL 1007 or 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Honors Credit

All honors students writing an honors thesis in Political Science must take this course in each of their last two semesters. Course may be repeated once for credit.


Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

Where is the Political Science Department located?

The Political Science Department is located on the 4th floor of Oak Hall. Political Science faculty and graduate students have offices on the 3rd and 4th floors of Oak Hall. The main office is in Oak 409. Departmental offices are not open during the fall 2020 semester without an appointment.

When is the department office open?

The department is currently closed to in-person visitors. Please contact pols@uconn.edu to speak to an office administrator or to address general questions. For advising with Suzanne Waterman, please make an appointment via Nexus.

Where are the faculty mailboxes?

The political science faculty mailboxes are located in room 409, which is open whenever the department office is open. The department office is closed for Fall 2020, so please email pols@uconn.edu if you need to drop off something in-person.
The graduate student boxes are located in room 437. Some courses are taught by graduate students, so please check both offices if you are not sure or feel free to ask the office staff.

How do I find my professor’s office?

A list of offices, office hours, and phone numbers can be found in our faculty directory.

I need the department head’s signature for a form. How do I get it?

Email pols@uconn.edu and the staff can help you. Most forms will be ready for pick up by the next day.

Majoring in Political Science

How do I declare my major?

You can declare a CLAS major for the first time or change from one CLAS major to another CLAS major by visiting the program plan change website. If you are declaring a double major then you need to schedule an appointment with Suzanne Waterman, academic advisor for political science.

What is a plan of study?

A plan of study is a form that summarizes all the courses that you need to take for your major. Your final plan of study needs to be submitted in Student Administration by the 4th week of the semester in which you expect to graduate. Hard copies of the plan of study are available on our advising and resources page.

I can’t meet with my advisor during their regular office hours. What should I do?

All students are welcome to schedule an appointment with Suzanne Waterman, academic advisor for political science, through the Nexus scheduling application.

What are the grade requirements for a major?

You need to maintain a “C” average (2.0) for the political science courses listed on your final plan of study.

How do I calculate my GPA?

Please use the GPA Calculator tool in Nexus.

Can I get credit for an internship through political science?

Yes, you may earn credit for internships. Please review the requirements for internships on our Beyond the Classroom page.

What courses qualify as “related” courses?

At least 12 credits in courses related to political science courses taken from one or more other departments. These courses must be numbered 2000 or above and cannot be taken on a pass-fail basis. All 2000-level courses in anthropology, economics, geography, history, human rights, philosophy, public policy, and sociology will meet this requirement. Any course within these departments that is cross-listed with POLS will count towards the major and not as a related. Certain other courses have been approved as related. Courses not in the departments listed above or included on the pre-approved list may be approved as related courses at the discretion of your advisor.

Minoring in Political Science

How do I minor in Political Science?

You can declare a the minor by visiting the program plan change website. Please be sure to submit your minor final plan of study in Student Administration by the fourth week of your final semester. For questions regarding the minor, please schedule an appointment with Suzanne Waterman, academic advisor for political science. You can download a copy of the plan of study form on our advising page.

Which courses do I have to take for a minor?

See the minor requirements section above for specific courses.

What are the grade requirements for a minor?

You need to obtain a grade of “C” or better in all courses for the minor.

Will the minor be listed on my diploma?

No, the minor will only be listed on your transcript.

Courses

What classes will the Department of Political Science offer this year?

To see current classes, check StudentAdmin or see the Courses section above.

I need to over-enroll in a class. Who should I talk to?

You can ask the instructor of the course if you can over-enroll. Only the instructor can grant this permission.

What if I want to take more that 17 credits next semester?

If you earned a 2.6 GPA in your last semester you can take 18 credits by stopping by the Registrar’s Office. Otherwise, you need to fill out an excess credit form. The form will not be approved until your most recent semester GPA posts.