Requirements

The Yale College Program of Study (YCPS) provides an authoritative description of the Department’s programs and requirements. (The YCPS can be accessed here.)

The two most popular versions of the major are the Standard major and the Interdisciplinary Concentration major (described below).

  Standard Major Interdisciplinary Concentration Major Intensive Major
       
Requirements of the Major: 12 term courses 12 term courses 15 term courses
       
Distribution of Courses: 2 courses in each of 3 fields* 2 courses in each of 2 fields* plus 7 in field of concentration** 2 courses in each of 3 fields*
  2 Political Science Seminars (at least one in senior year) 2 Political Science Seminars (at least one in senior year) 2 Political Science Seminars (at least one in senior year) plus PLSC 474b
       
Substitution permitted: Up to 2 courses in other departments** Up to 3 courses in other departments** Up to 2 courses in other departments**
       
Specific Courses Required: None None PLSC 474b, PLSC 490a/493b
       
Senior Requirements: Senior Essay in a seminar, or in PLSC 480 a or b, or in PLSC 490a/491b Senior Essay in a seminar, or in PLSC 480 a or b, or in PLSC 490a/491b Senior essay in PLSC 490a/493b

*There are five fields: (1) American Government, (2) Comparative Government, (3) International Relations, (4) Analytical Political Theory, and (5) Political Philosophy.  
** Requires DUS approval.

List of Fall 2017 PLSC courses

Previously course listings:

List of Spring 2017 PLSC courses

List of  Fall 2016 PLSC courses

List of all courses offered (Fall 2010 - Spring 2015) with field distributions