The Department of Politics offers three tracks that provide more focused guidance to students who wish to address themes that bridge the sub-fields. The tracks include the following three programs:
- Program in American Ideas and Institutions
- Program in Political Economy
- Program in Quantitative and Analytical Political Science
You are encouraged to navigate to the links highlighted above to learn more about these tracks. Feel free to also contact any of the Program Advisors directly to further inquire about their requirements.
All students who declare their concentration in Politics are eligible to pursue one of the three 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 program will still need to fulfill the requirements of a Politics concentrator. Courses may simultaneously fulfill both the program 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: As of September 2020, the Department has returned to the normal policy that all departmental courses must be taken on a graded basis. Students may not P/D/F Politics courses in the Fall 2020 semester or beyond. This rule also applies to the upper-level, macro- and micro-Economics courses that count towards the Political Economy track which must be taken for a grade.
For students pursuing a Departmental Track, any Politics courses that they took on a P/D/F basis in Spring 2020 will both count as a departmental and toward the Program(s) they are pursuing, provided the student earned 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 Program. In short, P/D/F courses that were taken as regular departmental courses and/or toward a Departmental Track will count, provided that the student received a passing grade. This exception to our rule applies to P/D/F courses only taken during Spring 2020.
Please note: The degree will read A.B. in Politics and unlike University Certificates, the departmental program will not appear on the transcript. Concentrators who successfully complete the program’s requirements will receive a departmental attestation on Class Day.