Undergraduate Courses

*See the bottom of this page for a list of courses by sub field.

   

Tentative Winter 2023 Course Offerings (Subject to Change without Notice):

*Planned for in-person instruction - per University directive.

  • PS 1 - Intro to Political Theory - Prof. Keum
  • PS 6 - Intro to Comparative Politics - Prof. Freeman
  • PS 7 - Intro to International Relations - Prof. Morse
  • PS 15 - Intro to Research Methods - Prof. Stokes
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  • PS 127 - American Foreign Policy (IR/AP) - Dr. Strathman
  • PS 135 - Government & Politics of Japan (CP) - Prof. Freeman
  • PS 141 - Civil War (IR) - Prof. Coggins
  • PS 142 - Decisionmaking (IR) - Dr. Strathman
  • PS 143 - Russian Domestic Politics (CP) - Prof. Kaplan
  • PS 149 - Israeli Politics (CP) - Prof. Amado
  • PS 155/155L - Congress & Congress Lab (AP) - Prof. Smith
  • PS 161 - Minority Politics (AP) - Prof. Lien
  • PS 172 - U.S Political Communication (AP) - Prof. Bimber
  • PS 176 - Energy Politics (AP/CP) - Prof. Stokes
  • PS 197B – Honors Thesis Seminar (Enrollment by Instructor Approval ONLY) - Prof. Masterson

 

Special Topics Courses [Open to full POLS majors ONLY during PASS 1 registration]

  • PS 106AM - African American Politics (AP) - Prof. Rice
  • PS 106GR - Gender Rights (CP/IR) - Prof. Brysk
  • PS 110ET -  Environmental Theory (PT/AP) - Dr. Hobbs-Morgan

 

SENIOR SEMINARS: Open only to Seniors.  Requires a 3.0 GPA in all GPA (UCSB cumulative; POLS overall major; and POLS upper division major) categories, as well as a B earned in an upper division POLS course of the same subfield.  Students may take only ONE Senior Seminar during their time at UCSB.

  • PS 196-01 - Right Wing Movements (AP) - Prof. Parker
  • PS 196-02 - Plato's Political Thought (PT) - Prof. Keum
  • PS 196-03 - Gender and Multicultural Leadership in America (AP)  - Prof. Lien

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Tentative Spring 2023 Course Offerings (Subject to Change without Notice):

*Planned for in-person instruction - per University directive.

 

  • PS 1 - Intro to Political Theory - Prof. Keum
  • PS 6 - Intro to Comparative Politics - Prof. Bruhn
  • PS 7 - Intro to International Relations - Prof. Coggins

 

  • PS 119JW - Just War (PT/IR) - STAFF
  • PS 126 - International Security (IR) - Dr. Strathman
  • PS 127 - American Foreign Policy (IR/AP) - Dr. Strathman
  • PS 162 - Urban Government  & Politics (AP) - Prof. Nall
  • PS 170 - Public Policy Analysis (AP) - Prof. Nall
  • PS 173 - Comparative Politics and Media (CP) - Prof. Freeman
  • PS 187 - Classical Political Theory (PT) - Prof. Keum
  • PS 197C – Honors Thesis Seminar (Enrollment by Instructor Approval ONLY) - Prof. Masterson

 

Special Topics Courses [Open to full POLS majors ONLY during PASS 1 registration; POLS pre-majors and other majors can enroll druing PASS 2 & 3]

  • PS 106AM - African American Politics (AP) - Prof. Parker
  • PS 106CI - Causal Inference (Area D, POLS elective) - Prof. Mildenberger
  • PS 106DQ - Democracy and Inequality (AP) - Prof. Rice
  • PS 106EA - Northeast Asian Politics (CP) - Prof. Freeman

 

SENIOR SEMINARS: Open only to Seniors.  Requires a 3.0 GPA in all GPA (UCSB cumulative; POLS overall major; and POLS upper division major) categories, as well as a full "B" earned in an upper division POLS course of the same subfield.  Students may take only ONE Senior Seminar during their time at UCSB.

  • PS 196-01 - Black Political Thought (PT) - Prof. Rice
  • PS 196-02 - Contemporary Israeli Society: Its Cleavages and Complexities (CP) - Dr. Amado

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(Last) Summer 2022 Course Offerings:

Session A:

  • PS 6 - Intro to Comparative Politics - Prof. Tsouloufas
  • PS 7 – Intro to International Relations - Prof. Rohrer
  • PS 15 - Intro to Research Methods - Prof. Stein
  • PS 146 - Globalization & Politics (IR/CP) - Dr. Moosbrugger
  • PS 157 - The American Presidency (AP) - Prof. Fontaine

 

Session B:

  • PS 1 - Intro to Political Philosophy - Prof. Stein
  • PS 12 - Intro to American Government - Prof. Nall
  • PS 121 W - International Politics (IR) - Dr. Strathman (ON LINE version of POLS 121)
  • PS 145 - European Union (IR/CP) - Dr. Moosbrugger
  • PS 172 - US Political Communication (AP)
  • PA 186 - Intro to Political Economy (IR) - Prof. Rochat

 

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Fall 2022 Course Offerings:

*Planned for in-person instruction - per University directive.

  • PS 7 - Intro to International Relations - Prof. Narang
  • PS 12 - Intro to American Politics - Prof. Nall
  • PS 15 – Intro to Research Methods - Prof. Mahdavi
  • PS 110CD - Civil Disobedience (PT) - Prof. Hobbs Morgan
  • PS 118 - Comparative Ethnic Politics (CP) - Prof. Kaplan
  • PS 121 - International Politics (IR) - Dr. Strathman
  • PS 126 - International Security (IR) - Dr. Strathman
  • PS 140 - Water Politics (CP) - Prof. Singh
  • PS 149 - Israeli Politics (CP) - STAFF
  • PS 150A - Middle East Politics (CP/IR) - Prof. Masterson
  • PS 160 - Asian American Politics (AP) - Prof. Lien
  • PS 166 - U.S. Immigration Policy (AP) - Prof. Lien
  • PS 175 - Politics of the Environment (AP) - Prof. Smith
  • PS 178 - Democracy & the Internet (AP) - Prof. Bimber
  • PS 188 - Modent Political Theory (PT) - Prof. Norris
  • PS 197A – Honors Thesis Seminar (Enrollment by Instructor Approval ONLY) - Prof. Masterson

 

SENIOR SEMINARS: Open only to Seniors.  Requires a 3.0 GPA in all GPA (UCSB cumulative; POLS overall major; and POLS upper division major) categories, as well as at least a B in an upper division POLS course of the same subfield.    Students will be dropped administratively if they fail eligibility.  Students may take only ONE Senior Seminar during their time at UCSB.

 

  • POLS 196 0100: Senior Seminar: Hegel's Philosophy (PT) - Prof. Norris

 

  • POLS 196 0200: Senior Seminar: Political Violence (PT) - Prof. Hobbs-Morgan

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COURSES BY SUB FIELD: 

Below are the default subfield classifications for POLS courses appearing in the UCSB CatalogParentheses alongside a course number indicate other subfields that a course may be petitioned toward.  Please see this page of our website for downloadable course petition forms: https://www.polsci.ucsb.edu/undergrad/major-requirements#Forms  Please submit course petition forms to the POLS Advising Office (Advising@polsci.ucsb.edu) as scanned PDF documents or in person.

A student may petition for a different subfield classification (than what has been listed below) of a POLS course - if justified by course content as demonstrated with a course syllabus.  Requests for variances to the list below require Department approval (which is rare). Such approval is conditioned upon course content only, and not student need to satisfy a degree requirement. 

 

  • AMERICAN POLITICS:
  • 108 (also CP & PT)
  • 115
  • 151
  • 152
  • 153
  • 154 (also PT)
  • 155 
  • 156
  • 157 & W157
  • 158
  • 160 [Cross-listed with Asian American Studies as AS AM 160]
  • 161
  • 162 (also CP in W18)
  • 165
  • 166 (Replaces 106IP effective S17)
  • 170
  • 171 (also CP)
  • 172 (Replaces 171 effective M17)
  • 175 [Cross-listed with Environmental Studies as ENV S 178]
  • 176 (also CP) [Cross-listed with Environmental Studies as ENV S 176]
  • 178
  • 180
  • 182
  • 185

 

  • COMPARATIVE POLITICS:
  • 101
  • 105 (also IR)
  • 108 (also AP & PT)
  • 109
  • 116
  • 117 (Replaces 106SM effective W18)
  • 118
  • 128 (also IR)
  • 130
  • 132
  • 133 (also IR)
  • 134
  • 135
  • 136
  • 137
  • 138
  • 140
  • 143
  • 144
  • 145 (also IR; Cross-listed with Italian as ITAL 161AX]
  • 147
  • 148
  • 149
  • 150A & B (also IR)
  • 173 (Replaces 171 effective M17)
  • 176 (also AP) [Cross-listed with Environmental Studies as ENV S 176]
  • 177 [Cross-listed with Environmental Studies as ENV S 177]

 

  • INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS:
  • 121 & W121
  • 123 
  • 124
  • 126
  • 127 (also AP)
  • 141 (Replaces 106CW effective S17)
  • 142 (Replaces 106DM effective S17)
  • 144 (also CP)
  • 146 (also CP)
  • 186 [Cross-listed with Global Studies as GLOBL 123]

 

  • POLITICAL THEORY:
  • 108 (also AP & CP)
  • 110 series (all)
  • 110AM (also AP)
  • 110AN
  • 110CT
  • 110CD
  • 110DT (also CP or AP)
  • 110ET (also AP)
  • 110J
  • 110PC
  • 114 [also AP; Cross-listed with Chicano Studies as CH ST 179]
  • 119 series (all – also IR)
  • 154 (also AP)
  • 187
  • 188
  • 189

 

  • AREA D, POLS UPPER DIVISION ELECTIVES​:  
  • 106AC (CP)
  • 106AF (AP)
  • 106AM (AP)
  • 106AT (AP)
  • 106BP (CP) 
  • 106CE (AP or CP)
  • 106CL (AP)
  • 106CI (Area D)
  • 106CP (AP)
  • 106CW (IR -- Replaced by 141 effective S17)
  • 106DG (CP)
  • 106DI (AP - Replaced by 178 effective S22)
  • 106DM (IR -- Replaced by 142 effective S17)
  • 106DP (CP)
  • 106DG (CP)
  • 106DQ (AP or PT)
  • 106EA (CP)
  • 106EC (CP)
  • 106ED (CP)
  • 106EP (AP or CP)
  • 106ER (CP or IR)
  • 106GR (CP/IR)
  • 106HR (CP or IR)
  • 106IC (IR or AP)
  • 106IG (AP)
  • 106IL (AP)
  • 106IP (AP -- Replaced by 166 effective S17)
  • 106IV (AP)
  • 106LC (CP or IR)
  • 106LP (AP)
  • 106LR (CP or IR)
  • 106MI (CP or IR -- Replaced by 133 effective F20)
  • 106MM (AP -- Replaced by 156 effective W17)
  • 106MO (IR -- Replaced by 123 effective W21)
  • 106MS (CP)
  • 106ND (CP or IR)
  • 106NG (AP or IR - Replaced by 120 effective S21)
  • 106NS (IR)
  • 106PK (IR)
  • 106PO (AP)
  • 106PP (IR)
  • 106PW (CP) (Replaced by 140 effective F22)
  • 106RM (CP)
  • 106RP (AP)
  • 106SM (CP -- Replaced by 117 effective W18)
  • 106UN (IR)
  • 120 (AP or IR)
  • 133 (CP or IR)
  • 148 (CP)
  • 155L
  • 176 (AP or CP)
  • 177 (CP)
  • 178 (AP)
  • 192 
  • 196 (petitionable toward a sub field with syllabus)
  • 197ABC (up to 8 units may be petitionable toward a sub field, see form on website)
  • 199 (petitionable toward a sub field with syllabus)
  • 199RA (petitionable toward a sub field with syllabus)
  • UCDC 192DC
  • UCDC 199DC (AP or IR depending on content)
  • UCCS 192A
  • UCCS 193 (also AP)
  • UCCS 195 (also AP)
  • UCCS 196E