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Current Majors

Independent or Directed Study

A directed study on any subject agreed upon by a student and an instructor that does not duplicate a regular course offering may be elected by a student for a total of 1-3 credit hours in any semester.  A maximum of 4 credit hours may be applied toward the major in Political Science.  Students who wish to enroll in a directed study course should work out the details of the course with a faculty supervisor before the start of the term. 

Senior Seminars

Students are urged to complete their major at Michigan by enrolling in a senior seminar.  These courses are limited to 15-20 students who write research papers on a topic in the fields of political theory, American government and politics, comparative government and politics, or world politics.  Different topics in each subfield are offered each term.

Study Abroad

Arrangements can be made for students to study abroad throughout the academic year or during the summer months.  Information on various programs are available through the Center for Global and Intercultural Studies (CGIS).  All foreign credit not taken through CGIS is evaluated through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions (1220 SAB). Before going abroad students should discuss their study abroad program with a major advisor.  Students may apply no more than 9 hours of course work from a one-semester program and 12 hours from a yearlong program to the major in Political Science.


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