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Program Requirements and Opportunities

The information listed below is a direct excerpt from the 2015-16 Course Catalog.

Published annually, the Course Catalog sets out the requirements of the academic programs--the majors, minors, and concentrations. Each Bryn Mawr student must declare her major before the end of her sophomore year. Students may also declare a minor or a concentration, but neither is required for the A.B. degree. Students must comply with the requirements published in the Course Catalog at the time when they declare the major, minor and/or concentration.

The Course Catalog also sets out the College requirements. Students must comply with the College requirements published at the time they enter Bryn Mawr College.

2015-16 Catalog
2014-15 Catalog
2013-14 Catalog
2012-13 Catalog

Major Requirements

What is Political Science, and what will the major prepare me for?

Political Science is the study of justice and authority, peace and conflict, public policies and elections, government and law, democracy and autocracy, freedom and oppression. More than any other social science, Political Science uses a wide variety of approaches to explain how and why political events and institutions come about as they do, and to evaluate the actions of polities, policies, and leaders.

The Political Science major develops reading, writing, and thinking skills needed for a critical understanding of the political world. The major is excellent preparation for those planning to go on to law or public policy schools as well as to graduate work in Political Science. Majors in the department have pursued careers worldwide in public service, journalism, advocacy, law, and education, to name a few.

Majoring in Political Science at Bryn Mawr: getting started

There are a variety of ways to begin studying Political Science, and so we offer a wide variety of introductory courses. While it is not necessary to begin right away, by the end of the sophomore year prospective majors should have completed at least two of the following Political Science courses: 101, 121, 123 (at HC), 131, 141, 143 (at HC), 151 (at HC), 228, and 231. These courses may be taken in any order.

Students who wish to declare Political Science as a major should choose an advisor, who can be any member of the Political Science faculty. It is generally best to choose an advisor whose courses are in at least one substantive area in which the student intends to focus. Students should write a brief essay (