To be awarded the A.B. degree, Princeton undergraduates must concentrate in a particular academic department. Politics is one of the most popular concentrations on campus, with more than 150 juniors and seniors enrolled in a typical year.

Students select a concentration in the spring of the sophomore year. In April, the Department of Politics hosts a Sophomore Open House where interested students can learn more about the department. The department also holds individual advising sessions for all sophomores who declare Politics as their concentration.

To declare a Politics concentration, sophomores must normally have completed, as prerequisites, two Politics courses. It is strongly recommended that one or both of these courses be at the 200-level. If you are considering a Politics concentration, be sure to complete these prerequisites, and try to complete your analytical requirement during your sophomore year if possible.

Although students are not required to select a departmental track to graduate with a degree in Politics, some may choose to specialize in one, and will receive an attestation from the department upon completion of the program.

Finally, it is possible for students, with the approval of the Cognate Approval Advisor, to put together a special program that combines the study of politics with the study of some other discipline or geographic area.

The department’s other expectations for Politics concentrators, and the resources available to help students meet those expectations, can be found at the links below.