For students who entered fall 2015 to spring 2020.
Note: Majors must choose a focus area.1
Total Minimum Credits = 120
Minimum Political Science Credits: 36
Maximum Political Science Credits That Can Be Counted Toward Graduation: 45
Minimum Upper Level Credits: 18 with a minimum of 6 at 4000 level plus 12 at 3000 Level or higher (POLI.3010, POLI.4960 or POLI.4970 count toward these requirements). One of these advanced courses must be a Seminar, which is a small class of advanced students, focused on more intensive writing than usual classes. The topics of seminar courses will vary each semester with the interests of department faculty. An alternative to a standard Seminar course is to select POLI.4010 Research Seminar in Political Science after prior discussion with a professor. This individualized course requires an extensive research paper. The course can be taken in conjunction with a regular course in the same or subsequent semester, working with that professor to produce a research project in addition to the normal work of that course.
You should meet with your faculty advisor to determine how you will meet the Political Science and Core Curriculum requirements.
1The department focuses on four main fields within the discipline: American Politics, International Politics, Law & Politics, and Political Communication. Majors choose one area of focus, in which they take the following courses:
2No more than two Breadth of Knowledge courses can be taken with the same prefix. The Core Curriculum courses may be taken in any sequence. Refer to the Core Curriculum policy for further details.
3World Ready Language Track (WR track) requires successful completion of a two course sequence in a World Language (depending on placement) and three approved courses on the culture/history/literature/film related to that laanguage, but taught in English. (Total of 15 credits.) For detailed information refer to Policies - Language Requirements in the undergraduate catalog.
4Political Science majors satisfy the Written and Oral Communication (WOC) ELO by taking an approved, 4000-level Political Science seminar course. See your Advisement Report or the WOC Course Listing for a current list of approved courses.
Current UMass Lowell students should be using their Advisement Report in SiS. If you need assistance, please contact your advisor.
Restriction on off-campus study:
American Politics, Government, and Policy
International Relations & Comparative Politics
Law & Politics
Political Communication & Public Opinion
Last updated: 07/02/2020