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2017-2018 Scripps Catalog
Scripps College
  Feb 21, 2018
2017-2018 Scripps Catalog

Politics Major

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Requirements for the Major

Students are strongly encouraged to satisfy their mathematics requirements with a course in statistics or logic.

Breadth of study (three courses):

Students must take three of the following six survey courses:

Students should take the above courses as early as possible in their academic program. Introductory survey courses may be taken off-campus with approval of your major adviser.

Subfield concentrations (four courses):

Students must pursue a concentration in any two of the following six subfields:

  • International Relations
  • Comparative Politics
  • Political Economy
  • Political Theory
  • Public Policy
  • American Politics

A minimum of two courses (besides the associated survey course) must be taken from each of the two subfields, for a total of four courses.

To fulfill the subfield requirement the course MUST be a course in political science. This includes Government at CMC, Political Studies at Pitzer, and Politics at Pomona. Students will consult with their major adviser to determine whether or not a course qualifies for a subfield requirement.

Focus (four courses):

In consultation with their major adviser, students will select four additional courses that build a specific competence (or focus) in depth. Depending on the nature of the focus, and with the adviser’s permission, some of the courses selected for the focus may be outside of the discipline of political science.

Research Design/Research Paper (one course):

Before their senior year, students are required to take POLI180 SC Research Design  or equivalent. With the permission of their adviser, students declaring a primary interest in political theory may fulfill this requirement by completing a theory-based research paper of significant length within the parameters of an existing political theory course.

Senior Seminar and Senior Thesis (two courses):

Students are required to take both seminar and thesis. Dual and double majors may opt to take the senior seminar of the other major.


Students may double-count courses for the subfield concentration and the focus.

Minimum courses

The major is completed with a minimum of 11 courses.

Honors in the Major:

The Department of Politics awards honors within the major to students who meet the following requirements:

1. A grade point average in the major of at least 11.0 (A-).
2. A grade of A- or better on the senior thesis.
3. A successful oral defense of the senior thesis.

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