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Political Science Major

The Political Science major is intended to give students a broad understanding of political concepts, political institutions, political behavior and political processes.

Students who earn a B.A. in Political Science at UC Davis will be able to:

  • identify and explain key behavioral and institutional characteristics of political systems, including those within countries and the international political order;
  • understand and assess systematic forces that underlie political processes in the United States and abroad;
  • analyze and critically assess political theories and concepts, including theories developed both in the history of political philosophy and in contemporary social scientific approaches;
  • employ scholarly standards to assess the quality of political science research;
  • effectively write about political systems, processes and theories in a rigorous manner.


Four-year major plan

Three-year major plan

Most students complete the curriculum in the traditional four years. Students who seek an accelerated path to graduation may wish to examine our sample three-year graduation path
Download the Political Science Major 3 Year Plan