Majors and Minors

Requirements for Major

  • A minimum of nine units is required to satisfy the major in political science. The major is comprised of three streams of inquiry: American politics and policy; international and comparative politics; and law, jurisprudence, and political thought. Political science majors are required to take and pass Political Science 100 (Introduction to Political Inquiry) as the gateway course to all upper-level (300- and 400-level) courses in the major. In addition, students are required to take and pass at least one entry-level course for each of the three streams (Political Science 101; either 102 or 103; and 105). Students are also required to take and pass at least one upper-level one-unit course (at the 300 level) in each stream of inquiry. Finally, all political science majors are required to take and pass one 400-level capstone seminar. It is expected that seven of the nine units in political science will be taken at Albion College. Other arrangements can be made for bona fide transfer students and students in approved off-campus programs. Exceptions are at the discretion of the department chair after consultation with other faculty members in the department.
  • No more than one unit of 391 or 392 (Internship) may be counted toward a major.
  • All courses for the major must be taken for a numerical grade, except those offered only on a credit/no credit basis. In order for a course to count for the political science major, the student must earn at least a 2.0 in the course.
  • Political science majors are strongly encouraged to achieve basic competency in statistics (Mathematics 209 is appropriate) and at least one foreign language.

Note: First-year students may enroll in 300-level courses only with permission of the instructor.

Requirements for Minor

  • Six units in political science, including Political Science 100, and at least one 100-level course from each of the three streams of inquiry, and two elective one-unit political science courses taken at the 300 level. 

Requirements for Major with Secondary Education Certification

  • A minimum of nine units in political science, including: 100, 101, 102 or 103, 105, 216, 224, 256, and 336.
  • One elective one-unit political science course taken at the 200- or 300-level.
  • History 131.
  • No more than one unit of 391 or 392 (Internship) may be counted toward a major.
  • All courses for the major must be taken for a numerical grade, except those offered only on a credit/no credit basis. In order for a course to count for the political science major, the student must earn at least a 2.0 in the course.
  • Political science majors are strongly encouraged to achieve basic competency in statistics (Mathematics 209 is appropriate) and at least one foreign language.
  • Completion of all other requirements for teacher certification.

It is expected that seven of the nine units in political science will be taken at Albion College. Other arrangements can be made for bona fide transfer students and students in approved off-campus programs. Exceptions are at the discretion of the department chair after consultation with other faculty members in the department.

Requirements for Minor with Secondary Education Certification

  • A minimum of five units in political science, including: 101, 102 or 103, 224, 256, and 336.
  • History 131.
  • Completion of all other requirements for teacher certification.

Requirements for Social Studies Major with Elementary or Secondary Education Certification

Students interested in pursuing elementary or secondary education certification in social studies may choose to major in social studies. The detailed requirements for the major with elementary certification and secondary certification are provided in this catalog or are available from the Education Department.