Political science

Taking the following courses will prepare you to major in political science at any UC campus.

Expected coursework

Choose 3 of the following 4 courses:

  • Introduction to American government & politics
  • Introduction to political theory & thought
  • Introduction to comparative government & politics
  • Introduction to international relations

Note: The following courses count toward the major on some campuses and constitute sound preparation for the major on all UC campuses. Students can complete these courses after transfer without negatively affecting their competitiveness for admission.

  • A fourth course from the above list
  • Introduction to statistics (one course)
  • One UC-transferable history course focusing on civilization or history (e.g., western civilization, U.S. history, East Asian civilization)
  • Microeconomics or macroeconomics (one course)

Use ASSIST to find the specific classes offered at your community college that will satisfy the expected coursework. In addition to the specific coursework above, you will need to fulfill minimum requirements expected of all transfer applicants to UC.

Associate Degree for Transfer

If you're working on an Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) in political science at your community college with the goal of applying to CSU as well as UC, there's a lot of overlap in coursework. The difference between what UC expects and what CSU requires for political science transfer students is that UC does not include introduction to political science nor statistics/research methods as options to fulfill its course expectations.

Applicable majors

The political science pathway applies to the degree programs listed below. (More may be added in the year ahead.)

  • Political science, A.B. at Davis
  • Political science, B.A. at Berkeley
  • Political science, B.A. at Irvine
  • Political science, B.A. at Los Angeles
  • Political science, B.A. at Merced
  • Political science, B.A. at Riverside
  • Political science, B.A. at San Diego
  • Political science, B.A. at Santa Barbara
  • Politics, B.A. at Santa Cruz

Campus GPA requirements

Admission to different UC campuses and majors varies in competitiveness depending on how many students apply and how many slots are available. As a result, the minimum GPA and grade requirements for particular courses may vary from campus to campus. Make sure to look on the campus admissions websites to find minimum expected grade point averages for the major you are interested in.

Transfer Pathways

Political science is one of UC's top majors offering a new Transfer Pathway: a single set of courses students can take to prepare for admission to any of UC’s nine undergraduate campuses.

Tools to help you prepare