2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog

Political Science

Political science is available as a major and a minor on both the BA and BS degrees. The Department of Political Science offers course concentration in the following seven sub-fields:

  • American Politics
  • Political Theory
  • International Politics
  • Comparative Politics
  • Public Law
  • Research Methods
  • Public Affairs Internships
Honors College

Political science majors who plan to pursue departmental honors must be members of the Honors College and complete the following courses, in order:

POSC 20093

POSC 30003 (or POSC 40093) and POSC 40001

POSC 40003

Students must complete each step in the above sequence in a separate semester. POSC 40001 and POSC 40003 may not be taken simultaneously, although POSC 30003 and POSC 40001 may.

A suggested plan for student completion of the sequence required might be:

Spring of sophomore year or Fall of junior year: POSC 20093

Spring of junior year: POSC 30003 (or POSC 40093) AND POSC 40001

Fall of senior year: POSC 40003

Spring of senior year: Graduate with Departmental Honors

Political Science Honor Society

The department sponsors the Beta Lambda Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, national honor society in political science. Membership requires completion of a minimum of 10 semester hours of political science (at least 6 in regular classroom courses on TCU’s campus and at least 3 advanced, i.e., 30000 level or above), at least a 3.0 GPA in political science courses and at least a 3.5 GPA overall. Applicants need not be a political science major or minor. Washington Internship Program

TCU is affiliated with the Washington Center, which provides placements, supervision and housing for students who seek a professional experience in a public or private organization in the nation's capital. Students selected for the program must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and must return to TCU for at least one semester after the internship. Students apply each fall, a year in advance of their internship, and must attend a non-credit preparatory seminar in the spring. Up to 15 hours of credit may be earned through this program, which is multidisciplinary and available to students in any major field.