Incoming students interested in political science should register for POL101. Advanced placement and IB credits may be counted toward the major but cannot be substituted for POL 101.
Political Science 101 is open to first-year students. Political Science 101 offers a rigorous introduction to the concepts and methods of the discipline.
Students majoring in political science are required to complete four-credit courses in each of the three subfields (comparative politics, international relations, and American politics) and two seminars at the 300 level. Majors must fulfill a specified 200-level prerequisite prior to enrolling in a 300-level seminar. No 200-level course can be used to fulfill the prerequisite for more than one seminar. It is possible to count up to eight credits as cognate from related fields of study in the social sciences if taken at the 200-level or above. In addition to taking 32 credits in the major, political science majors must take a course in statistics (MAT 115 or MAT 209). First year students who enter with college-level or AP credit in statistics will be expected to add to their skills with four additional credits of coursework at Grinnell in statistics or data analysis. Transfer students with prior statistics coursework should consult with the department chair to determine whether they have satisfied the statistics requirement.
There are many ways to complete a major in political science. One possibility, which includes a semester of Off-Campus Study (OCS) is:
|FIRST YEAR FALL||FIRST YEAR SPRING|
|POL 100||POL 2XX|
|SECOND YEAR FALL||SECOND YEAR SPRING|
|POL 2XX, MAT 115 or MAT 209||POL 2XX|
|THIRD YEAR FALL||THIRD YEAR SPRING|
|POL 2XX or OCS||POL 2XX|
|FOURTH YEAR FALL||FOURTH YEAR SPRING|
|POL 2XX and/or POL 3XX||POL 3XX