B.A., B.S. Degrees
The political science and public administration majors at CMU are designed for you to take courses in a wide variety of topics. These fields include comparative politics, political theory, international relations, American state and local government, American national political institutions, nonprofits, public administration and research methods and processes.
Students must choose between the following:
- Political Science Major
- International Relations Major
- Public and Nonprofit Administration Major
Courses taken on a Credit/No Credit basis may not be counted toward majors and minors in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, with the following exceptions: internship (PSC 395), practicums (PSC 393 & 394) and lab course (PSC 355). In the case of these exceptions, no more than three credits total may be applied to the major or minor. Majors and minors in International Relations should enroll in PSC 150 as freshman (see course description). Transfer students majoring in International Relations will be expected to take at least 15 hours of course work in the department; transfer minors, 12 hours.
It is recommended that all political science majors enroll in PSC 280 during their sophomore year.
Any regular faculty member in the department can serve as the student's advisor on a major or minor.
Internships: The department has established an internship program where students are provided relevant firsthand work experience. The duration of an internship can vary depending on the number of credit hours (1-12) taken. Students majoring in political science, international relations and public and nonprofit administration majors are allowed to count three internship credit hours toward their major.