Loyola University Chicago

Department of Political Science

BA in Political Science

To graduate with a major in Political Science, students must complete 33 hours of course work (11 courses) in the department or through transfer or advanced placement credit. All majors are required to take PLSC 100, 101 and 102, plus one upper-division (200- or 300-level) course from each of the discipline's four subfields: American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations and Political Theory. The remaining four courses are elective and may be taken in any of the discipline's four subfields.

Students who register for 6 hours of internship credit (PLSC 370) may count 3 hours as one of the elective courses required for the major and 3 hours as one of the general university graduation requirements. The Magis/Law internship is exempt from this rule.

Students must earn a grade of C- or better in a course for it to count toward the major.

To enroll as a major, Lake Shore Campus students should first stop by the Dean's Office to pick up a pink registration card. Fill in your name and social security number and bring this card to the Political Science Department on the third floor of Coffey Hall. At that time you will select a faculty advisor and meet with Dr. Peter Schraeder (pschrae@luc.edu), Chair of the Political Science Department. After getting the chair's signature, return the pink card to the Dean's Office. A welcome letter will be sent to you indicating your advisor's contact information.

Majors may choose their Political Science faculty advisor. For faculty contact information, click here.