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2016-2017 Academic Catalogue 
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Politics, B.A.

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A minimum of 11 courses distributed as follows:

At Least 10 Courses in Politics Including:

  • At least one course in Political Thought;
  • At least three courses in International Relations and Comparative Government;
  • At least three courses in American Politics and Public Policy;
  • At least six courses at the 300 or 400 level (including no more than two POL 380  courses and including the capstone);
  • As the capstone for the major, POL 483  or, for qualified students, course credit for an independent project directed toward pursuit of departmental honors.

The Department Strongly Encourages

Students to participate in an internship or comparable off-campus program while at Cornell.

Teaching Certification:

Students who are interested in pursuing K-12 certification to teach social studies should seek admission to the Teacher Education Program. See the Education  department section for application and certification information.


Majors who intend to pursue graduate study in political science or public policy should take STA 201  (Statistical Methods I) and POL 382. Majors who have a special interest in legislative and electoral politics should take POL 262, POL 280 /POL 380 , POL 325 , POL 363 , and POL 364 . Politics courses of particular value to pre-law students include POL 222, POL 250 , 262, POL 325 , POL 361  , POL 364 , POL 365 , and POL 366 . Law schools will accept majors in any academic discipline.

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