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First-Year Focus


First-year students are encouraged to begin with our 200-level gateway courses or the introductory methods courses. Here is a list of courses recommended for first-year students for the upcoming academic year.Please note that course offerings are subject to change until registration begins before each quarter.


Three gateway courses are required for the major: 


A methodology course is required for the major and we recommend taking one of the introductory methods courses for first-year students.

If you have decided to declare Political Science as your major or minor, it is a simple process—see How to Declare for instructions.


Department advisors are available most days of the week during the academic year to answer your questions about the major, minor, and course selection. 

Prospective majors/minors can get additional political science information:

For both Weinberg College and university academic advising:

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