Required Undergraduate Courses

All required courses are offered every semester, and usually over the summer. See the links below for course descriptions (links to all of these are in the on-line VCU Course Catalog):

  • POLI 103, U.S. Government
  • POLI 105, International Relations
  • POLI 107, Political Theory
  • POLI 109, Comparative Politics
  • POLI 490, Senior Seminar

Electives offered frequently:

  • U.S. Parties and Elections
  • U.S. Congress
  • U.S. Presidency
  • Public Policy
  • U.S. Constitutional Law
  • Courts and Politics
  • Women and American Politics
  • Research Methods in the Social Sciences
  • City Politics
  • State and Local Government and Politics
  • Public Administration
  • History of Political Thought
  • Black Political Thought
  • Contemporary Political Theory
  • African-American Politics
  • Government and Politics of the Middle East
  • European Governments and Politics
  • Latin American Politics
  • Russian and Post-Soviet Politics
  • Asian Governments and Politics
  • Government and Politics of Africa
  • Concepts of Comparative Government
  • Issues in World Politics
  • International Organizations and Institutions
  • U.S. Foreign Policy
  • Women and Global Politics
  • International Political Economy
  • Terrorism
  • Nonprofit Organizations and Society
  • Ethics, Law, and Governance
  • Financial Management for Nonprofits

Political Science also offers a variety of special, occasional topics courses under the rubric of POLI 391. Topics courses include:

  • Human Security
  • Human Rights and Genocide
  • Politics and the Media
  • Comparative and International Law
  • Reading the Law
  • The Arab Spring
  • Politics of Global Health

For a complete list of all VCU Political Science courses, please see the VCU Course Catalog.

For the schedule of courses each semester, please see the VCU Schedule of Classes.