Political Science, BA

College of Arts & Sciences

Program Description:

A total of 36 hours is required for a major in political science. These hours must be distributed among the following:

  1. Twelve hours from the core courses (200, 220, 240, 260, 270 and 280), including at least one course from each of the following groups: (200 or 270), (220 or 240) and (260 or 280); and
  2. Twenty-one hours from courses numbered 300 or above; and
  3. Three additional hours from any level.

NOTE: Students who have already had courses in political science may not count POLS 110 toward a major. A grade of C or better is required in all political science courses counted toward the major. Only three credit hours of POLS 299 is permitted toward the major. However, students may enroll in additional hours of POLS 299 and count them as electives. No more than a total of six (6) credit hours of Internship (291 and/or 491) or Independent Study (499) combined can be counted toward the major.


Admission Requirements:

A minimum of 26 credit hours; 23 credit hours must be in courses acceptable toward graduation.

A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.00 on all work.

  • Transfer students must have a 2.0 transfer GPA.
  • Continuing UNM students must have a 2.00 institutional GPA.

Demonstrated academic achievement by satisfying the following:

  • Completion of the University Speaking and Writing Core.
  • Completion of the University Mathematics Core.
  • Completion of the University Foreign Language Core.

Completion of Department of Political Science admission coursework with grades of "C" or better:

  • Two POLS courses from 110, 200, 220, 240, 260, 270 or 280.

Contact Information:

Peter Kierst: Undergraduate Advisor
(505) 277-5104