In addition to the basic requirements, majors in both political science and pre-law should be aware and pay attention to opportunities for special experiences beyond the classroom. Student organizations such as Cal Campaign Consultants, College Democrats and College Republicans co-sponsor candidate debates, election forums and issue expos. The Pre-law Society participates in Mock Trial and arranges visits to area law schools.
At least three courses must be at the 300 level or above in the political science content and/or electives areas.
Majors must take POS 301 (FALL only) in their sophomore year. It is also strongly recommended that they take POS 450 (SPRING only) in their senior year.
Note: Look for unique course offerings listed under POS 379, Special Problems in Political Science. This course offers subject matter of a highly specialized nature, and affords learning experiences outside the traditional academic environment. Students have gone to Washington, D.C. to study Watergate and Soviet espionage, as well as Ghana to study African culture, politics and policy.
All political science majors will take prescribed courses during their freshman year. They may then pursue a more individualized curriculum selecting from an array of course offerings.