Undergraduate Programs

 


Political Science 499

Political Science 499 is a course that allows students to pursue their own topics and fields of concentration under the supervision of a political science faculty member. Students interested in this option should either download the Learning Contract or pick one up from an adviser in Smith 215. Working with the faculty member, the student should design the topic and course of study. This course may be taken either for a grade or on a Credit/No Credit basis. Students may earn up to 20 credits using this option. Note: Pol S 499 credits do not count toward the Political Science major, but may be used as University elective credits.

Political Science does not require all of its majors to write a senior thesis. Political Science 499C, however, provides an opportunity for those students interested in completing a longer research paper to receive credit for doing so. For additional information, consult an adviser in the Political Science Advising Office.


International Security Option

The study of international security focuses on the relationship between politics and security, and specifically on the causes of war and the use and control of force: threats, promises, and the tactics, techniques, and ethics of violence. It teaches the theories and the historical context for understanding contemporary security issues.  

The option is for students interested in an in-depth study of international security. It is not an official major or minor or track, but an optional program of study.  Students who elect to follow this option must satisfy both the 50 credits required for the general Political Science Major and the option requirements.  Up to 25 credits may overlap between the Pol S major and the option.

No more than 20 credits can be used to satisfy both the option and the requirements for any other major.  Courses that are not in Pol S (i.e., courses offered by a department other than Pol S) fulfill only elective coursework towards the option, not the major. 

Students who complete the international security option will receive the notation International Security Option on their UW transcript and a certificate of completion from the department.

Apply for the option when you have completed at least 6 courses or when you apply to graduate. The Political Science Advising Office is located in 215 Smith Hall. If you have questions, call 543-1824 or email us at polsadvc@uw.edu

Download an application and requirement list for the International Security Option:
International Securtity Application and Checklist


Political Economy Option

The study of political economy concentrates on the relationship between politics and economics. It involves the application of economic theory to the analysis of non market behavior and examination of the interplay between governmental and economic institutions. It teaches the use of theoretical tools in analyzing contemporary problems.

The option is for students interested in an in-depth study of political economy. It is not an official major or minor or track, but an optional program of study.  Students who elect to follow this option must satisfy both the 50 credits required for the general Political Science Major and the option requirements.  Up to 25 credits may overlap between the Pol S major and the option.

No more than 20 credits can be used to satisfy both the option and the requirements for any other major.  Courses that are not in Pol S (i.e., courses offered by a department other than Pol S) fulfill only elective coursework towards the option, not the major.

Students who complete the political economy option will receive the notation Political Economy Option on their UW transcript and a certificate of completion from the department.

Download an application and requirement list for the Political Economy Option:
Political Economy Application


CAPPP Undergraduate Fellows Program

The purpose of the Undergraduate Fellowship Program at the Center for American Politics and Public Policy is to facilitate close working relationships between undergraduates and faculty by:

  • encouraging motivated undergraduate political science majors to pursue research opportunities
  • implementing a minimal set of course requirements designed to familiarize and prepare students to conduct research
  • requiring participating students to complete a minimum number of credit hours of independent research under the supervision of a faculty member

For further information, visit the CAPP website at: http://www.cappp.org


Center for Communication and Civic Engagement

The Center for Communication and Civic Engagement is dedicated to research, the creation of citizen resources and student-designed learning experiences that develop new areas of positive citizen involvement in politics and social life. Their primary focus is to understand how new information technologies can supplement more traditional forms of communication to facilitate new forms of civic engagement. The Center for Communication and Civic Engagement offers undergraduate research opportunities in the form of academic internships and paid research assistantships.

Students whose interests lie within the scope of the Center's research agenda may assist with the development of current projects; others may pursue new projects.

Current research assistants and interns are involved in collecting, coding and analyzing large amounts of data related to global citizen issue campaigns for the Center's archives. Research positions with the Center are flexible to allow the pursuit of a broad range of research interests.

For additional information, visit the CCCE website at: depts.washington.edu/ccce/


Center for Labor Studies

Since its foundation, the Center for Labor Studies (CLS) has sought opportunities for graduate and undergraduates students to work with the Labor Community and in research initiatives of Labor Studies faculty. CLS provides opportunities for students to participate in Service Learning Courses, Research Seminars, and Internships. In addition, the Center administers the Minor in Labor Studies. To apply for a minor, you must have completed at least 90 college credits. You may declare a minor through your major department advisor, by meeting with a History or Political Science Undergraduate Advisor, or at the time that you file a graduation application.

The requirements for the Minor in Labor Studies are available on the Center's website.


The Honors Program in Political Science

The department offers a program of advanced study in political science for undergraduates who wish to pursue a more challenging course of study in their junior or senior year.  The program provides students with a thorough understanding of the interdisciplinary bases of the study of politics. Students completing this program will earn 'Honors in Political Science' at graduation.  Students who are in the University Honors Program, as well as in the Political Science Honors Program, will earn 'College Honors in Political Science' at graduation.

This one year program consists of three honors seminars (POL S 398 in autumn, winter, and spring quarters).  These seminars are specifically designed for the honors program and cover at least two different fields of political science.  Additionally, students write an honors thesis (POL S 488 and 489) during winter and spring quarters.  Thesis credits do not count toward the major, but they do count as W-courses.

Eligibility requirements for the program are:
-major in Political Science
-a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3
-a minimum Pol S major GPA of 3.5
-five courses in political science (may have four courses completed with the fifth in progress when submitting the application)
-completion of 90 credits minimum (i.e. junior standing) by the start of the program in autumn quarter (sophomores may apply for their junior year)

Some applicants may be contacted to schedule an interview with the Honors Admission Committee during spring quarter.  All applicants will be notified by email regarding their acceptance into the program before the end of spring quarter.


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Certificate in Advanced Political Studies and Research

The Political Science Department offers a Certificate in Advanced Political Studies and Research to qualified undergraduates who are declared majors.  The certificate provides the challenging, focused study needed to pursue graduate and professional degrees in political science and related fields of study, such as law, public administration, international affairs, and public policy.  Successful post-baccalaureate study in political science and related fields is built on the ability to combine critical inquiry with the concise, organized expression of ideas, both orally and in writing.  Similarly, leadership positions in most professional fields rely on research skills, effective communication, and the ability to create consensus and motivate effective discussion for purposes of analysis, planning, and problem-solving.

To qualify for the certificate, students must:

  1. Complete two 400-level Pol S seminars and achieve a minimum grade of 3.0 in each.
  2. Submit a research paper (minimum of 10 pages) for one of those seminars.
  3. Submit a proposal and present their research at the Annual UW Undergraduate Research Symposium.

The Political Science Advising Office will post a quarterly list of courses that may count as 400-level seminars for this Certificate.  The list will also indicate which seminars include the required research paper.  No course substitutions will be allowed.
Students receive a certificate of completion from the Political Science Department.  Although certificate information is not posted on student transcripts, students who complete the certificate may include it on their resumes or vitaes.
See the application handout for more information.



Pi Sigma Alpha, National Political Science Honor Society

Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society, is the only honor society for college and university students of government in the United States. Pi Sigma Alpha is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies. The University of Washington's Pi Sigma Alpha chapter is named the "NU Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha". The Nu Chapter invites qualified UW students members to join.

Please visit our website to learn more about Pi Sigma Alpha and the events and activites Pi Sigma Alpha sponsors on campus. You may also download the application on this website.
http://nupsa.blogspot.com/