Major Code: POLISCI
BA degree awarded
36 hours to complete
11 courses required
For the Declaration of Major Form, contact the department:


Political Science majors must complete at least 11 courses (36 semester hours) from departmental offerings or from courses of study approved by the department. These courses must include the following:

  • POLS 100: National Politics in the United States (preferably by the end of the fifth semester) [3 hours]
  • POLS 208: Political Science Methods (preferably during the freshman or sophomore year) [4 credits]

  • One course from each of the four major fields: American; International, Comparative and Theory. The International sub-field will be satisfied only by POLS 110 [4 credits]. The Comparative sub-field will be satisfied only by POLS 120 [4 credits]

  • At least five elective courses chosen from among departmental offerings

A minimum of seven courses which must be taken at Emory University or Oxford College.  Political Science majors may get credit for up to four courses taken outside of Emory (AP classes, study abroad programs, Bard Globalization and International Affairs & Washington Semester Programs, transfer and transient credits) that have been approved by the department. Use of AP Comparative credit requires submission of the AP syllabus for review and approval by the Director of Undergraduate Studies

Additional Requirements and Procedures

1. Students may not double major in Political Science and International Studies; nor may a student major in International Studies and minor in Political Science.

2. Students wishing to apply AP credit towards the comparative politics requirement must supply a syllabus of the Advanced Placement class to Tarbutton Hall, Room 327 for review by the appropriate faculty member.

3. No courses taken pass/fail (S/U) may count toward the major. This means that courses taken abroad in non-Emory approved programs, which as such receive only S/U grades, cannot count toward the major. The only exception is the Washington Semester Program or the Bard International Affairs and Globalization Program. Students may use up to eight hours (or two courses) of Washington Semester credit or Bard credit as elective credit towards the Political Science Major.

4. No more than four 100-level courses may be used to satisfy the major.

5. No more than four hours of internship credit may be used to satisfy the major.

6. Major status does not guarantee enrollment in any particular course. Some classes may require course prerequisites or other requirements for enrollment.

7. POLS 100 does not fulfill the American Politics Requirement.