The Department of Politics offers four Departmental Tracks that provide more focused guidance to students who wish to address themes that bridge the sub-fields. They include the following:
- Track in American Ideas and Institutions
- Track in Political Economy
- Track in Quantitative and Analytical Political Science
- Track in Race and Identity
You are encouraged to navigate to the links highlighted above to learn more about these tracks. Feel free to also contact any of the Track Advisors directly to further inquire about their requirements.
All students who declare their concentration in Politics are eligible to pursue one of the four tracks and should inform the Undergraduate Program Manager of their intention to pursue a program upon declaring the concentration in Spring of their sophomore year, and no later than February 1 of their junior year. The tracks provide additional guidance for structuring the program of study as a Politics concentrator, but students are not required to select a track to graduate with a degree in Politics. Students who pursue a track will still need to fulfill the requirements of a Politics concentrator. Courses may simultaneously fulfill both the track requirements and the Politics concentration requirements.
All courses taken to satisfy a track must be a on a graded basis and will factor into the Honors calculation.
NOTE: For students pursuing a Departmental Track, any Politics courses that were taken as P/D/F in Spring 2020 as regular departmental courses and/or toward a Departmental Track will count, provided that the student received a passing grade. For Political Economy track students, this means that if you elected to take an upper-level macro- or micro-economics course as a P/D/F, it will be considered as counting as a departmental and toward the Track. This exception to our rule applies to P/D/F courses ONLY taken during Spring 2020. Effective with academic year 2020-2021, the Department returned to the normal policy that all departmental courses must be taken on a graded basis, and students may not P/D/F any Politics courses or others that may count towards a Track.
Please note: The degree will read A.B. in Politics and unlike University Certificates, the departmental track will not appear on the transcript. Concentrators who successfully complete the track's requirements will receive a departmental attestation on Class Day.