Dec 03, 2020  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

4+1 Political Science BA to MA

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Please click here  to see Political Science department information.

Students will follow the undergraduate curriculum for Political Science  and work closely with their faculty advisor to begin taking Political Science graduate level coursework as they complete their undergraduate degree. They will complete no more than 15 credits as an undergraduate that will apply to both their undergraduate and graduate degrees. Students should officially declare their intent to complete this program by their junior year and apply to the graduate program during their senior year. Application requirements may differ from the traditional 2 year MA, which is why students need to work closely with faculty advisors and the political science graduate program director for more information and to ensure they are following the best track to complete coursework so that they only have one year after completing the undergraduate degree, to complete the graduate requirements.

Program Delivery

  • This is an on-campus program.

Declaring This Program

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  • Application process: Interested students would submit a short application to the Department early on during or after the first semester of their junior year. The application will include:
    • A letter of interest that describes the student’s reasons for applying into the program.
    • Undergraduate transcripts.
    • The names of at least two faculty members in the CU Denver Political Science Department who can attest to applicant’s advanced levels of reading, writing and analytical skills, and to their outstanding intellectual curiosity and work ethic.
    • Following review and admission by the faculty, students would begin their 4+1 curriculum during the second semester of their junior year, or in a subsequent semester.

General Requirements

To earn a degree, students must satisfy all requirements in each of the three areas below, in addition to their individual major requirements.

Program Requirements

  1. Hours for major: 39 (minimum) 
  2. GPA Requirement: 2.0
  3. Minimum Grade: C- or better
  4. Residency requirements: 15 credit hours
  5. Upper-Level Division Requirements: at least 21 credit hours
  6. Ancillary Coursework: None Required
  7. Additional Unclassified Rules


1. All majors must complete the following Political Science course “distribution” requirements:

  • Complete both   (Intro to Political Science) and   (American Political System)
  • Complete   (Logic of Inquiry) within the first 24 hours of the program
  • Complete two Political Theory courses (see course distribution list)
  • Complete one 4000-level American Politics course (see course distribution list)
  • Complete one 4000 level Comparative Politics (see course distribution list)
  • Complete one 4000 level  International Relations course (see course distribution list)
  •   (students can only enroll in the capstone course after completing at least 27 credit hours in the major)
  • Experiential Learning Course: Complete one of the following options
  • Significant Experiential Learning project completed in any Political Science course, as certified by faculty member responsible for that course.
  • Significant civic leadership, service, or political engagement work outside of formal course work, as  certified by Department undergraduate advisor.

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