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2025 Political Science Major: American Politics Curriculum


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Subject Area Description Credit Hour
Required Courses Choose 4 of 4
SS360 POL SCI RESEARCH METHODS 3.0  
SS366 COMPARATIVE POLITICS 3.0  
SS376 AMERICAN POLITICAL DEVELOPMENT 3.0  
SS386 POLITICAL THOUGHT 3.0  
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American Politics Electives Choose 4 of 13
SS370 MASS MEDIA & AMER POLITICS 3.0  
SS373 THE AMERICAN PRESIDENCY 3.0  
SS379 LEGISLATIVE POLITICS 3.0  
SS392 POLITICS-RACE,GENDER,SEXUALITY 3.0  
SS464 HOMELAND SECURITY 3.0  
SS465 TERRORISM: NEW CHALLENGES 3.0  
SS466 COMBATING TERRORISM 3.0  
SS468 POLITICAL PARTICIPATION 3.0  
SS472 THE AM STATE & THE SOLDIER 3.0  
SS473 AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY 3.0  
SS481 POLITICS OF DEFENSE POLICY 3.0  
SS490A COLLOQUIUM (AMER POLITICS) 3.0  
SS493 SENIOR STUDIES - AMER POLITICS 3.0  
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International Relations and Comparative Politics Elective Choose 1 of 19
SS372 POLITICS AND GOV OF CHINA 3.0  
SS374 POL & GOV OF KOREAS & JAPAN 3.0  
SS375 GOV & POL RUSSIA & NEIGHBORS 3.0  
SS377 POLITICS & GOV OF EUROPE 3.0  
SS378 ADV INTL RELATIONS THEORY 3.0  
SS381 CULTURAL/POLIT ANTHROPOLOGY 3.0  
SS383 POLITICS & GOVT-MIDDLE EAST 3.0  
SS384 POLITICS & GOVT-LATIN AMER 3.0  
SS457 INTRODUCTION TO GRAND STRATEGY 3.0  
SS475 COMP POLITICAL INSTITUTIONS 3.0  
SS476 CONFLICT AND NEGOTIATION 3.0  
SS478 DIST PROF OF SECURITY STUD SEM 3.0  
SS483 NATIONAL SECURITY SEMINAR 3.0  
SS485 GOV & POLITICS SUB-SAHARAN AFR 3.0  
SS486 STATE BUILDING 3.0  
SS487 INT'L POLITICAL ECONOMY 3.0  
SS490C COLLOQUIUM (INTER RELATIONS) 3.0  
XH397 GRAND STRATEGY FIELD STUDY 3.0  
XH467 WINNING THE PEACE 3.0  
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Complementary Support Courses Choose 3 of 70
Complementary Support Courses provide cadets exposure to concepts relevant to the study of American Politics from a different disciplinary perspective. For a study-in-depth, choose three complementary support courses from within any of the focus areas (see the Department Academic Counselor for a list of the current focus areas). For a broadening study, choose any three complementary support courses from this list.
DS345 MILITARY INNOVATION 3.0  
DS370 STRATEGY AND POLICY 3.0  
DS455 COMPARATIVE DEFENSE POLICY 3.0  
DS490 SPECIAL TOPICS: STRAT STUDIES 3.0  
EN321 AMERICAN LITERATURE I 3.0  
EN322 AMERICAN LITERATURE II 3.0  
EN353 WAR LITERATURE 3.0  
EN370 SHAKESPEARE 3.0  
EV300 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE 3.0  
EV365 GEOGRAPHY OF GLOBAL CULTURES 3.0  
EV390B URBAN GEOGRAPHY 3.0  
EV391A LAND USE PLAN & MGT 3.0  
EV482 MILITARY GEOGRAPHY 3.0  
EV486 ENVIRONMENT AND DEVELOPMENT 3.0  
EV487 ENVIRONMENTAL SECURITY 3.0  
HI344 MODERN DIPLOMACY 3.0  
HI358 POLICY, STRATEGY & GENERALSHIP 3.0  
HI365 THE ANCIENT WORLD 3.0  
HI372 US FGN RELATIONS SINCE 1898 3.0  
HI385 WAR & ITS THEORISTS 3.0  
HI391 WORLD RELIGIONS 3.0  
HI392 AMERICAN HISTORICAL MEMORY 3.0  
HI396 MAKING OF MODERN AMERICA 3.0  
HI397 COLD WAR AMERICA 3.0  
HI398 CIVIL RIGHTS IN AMER HIST 3.0  
LW472 CRIMINAL LAW 3.0  
LW473 ENVIRONMENTAL LAW 3.0  
LW475 ADV CONSTITUTIONAL LAW SEM 3.0  
LW481 INTERNATIONAL LAW 3.0  
LW482 NATIONAL SECURITY LAW 3.0  
MA367 MATH FOR THE SOCIAL SCIENCES 3.0  
MA376 APPLIED STATISTICS 3.0  
MA394 FUNDAMENTALS/NETWORK SCIENCE 3.0  
MG381 INTRODUCTION TO MANAGEMENT 3.0  
MG382 HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT 3.0  
MG390 NEGOTIATION FOR LEADERS 3.0  
MG421 STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT 3.0  
PL361 RESEARCH METHODS I 3.0  
PL372 SOCIOLOGY OF THE FAMILY 3.0  
PL377 SOCIAL INEQUALITY 3.0  
PL383 SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY 3.0  
PL393 CRIMINOLOGY-CRIM JUST SYSTM 3.0  
PL396 SNA FOR PUBLIC POLICY 3.0  
PL398 LEADERSHIP THEORY & DEVEL 3.0  
PL479 LEADING ORGNZS THRU CHANGE 3.0  
PY305 LOGICAL REASONING 3.0  
PY310 REALITY AND KNOWLEDGE 3.0  
PY325 MILITARY ETHICS 3.0  
PY330 POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY 3.0  
PY345 PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION 3.0  
PY350 PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE 3.0  
PY355 PHILOSOPHY OF MIND 3.0  
PY360 ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY 3.0  
PY369 ASIAN PHILOSOPHICAL TRADITIONS 3.0  
PY370 17TH & 18TH CENTURY PHILOSOPHY 3.0  
PY375 KANT & 19TH CENTURY PHILOSOPHY 3.0  
PY380 20TH CENTURY PHILOSOPHY 3.0  
SS364 GAME THEORY 3.0  
SS368 ECONOMETRICS I 3.0  
SS380 MANPOWER-LABOR ECONOMICS 3.0  
SS382 MICROECONOMICS 3.0  
SS385 HISTORY OF ECONOMICS 3.0  
SS387 PUBLIC FINANCE 3.0  
SS388 MACROECONOMICS 3.0  
SS394 FIRM ANALYSIS FINANCIAL STATEM 3.0  
SS462 ECON OF STABILIZATION & GROWTH 3.0  
SS469 ECONOMETRICS II 3.0  
SS470 MONEY AND BANKING 3.0  
SS477 ECONOMICS OF NATIONAL SECURITY 3.0  
SS494 PRINCIPLES OF FINANCE 3.0  
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Integrative Experience for the Major Choose 1 of 1
SS480 PUBLIC POLICYMAKING PROCESS 3.0  
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Science Depth  
Cadets in this major may choose any of the authorized courses to satisfy the Science Depth requirement.
CH102 GENERAL CHEMISTRY II 4.0  
CH275 BIOLOGY 4.0  
PH202 PHYSICS II 4.0  
PH206 PHYSICS II 4.0  
PH252 ADVANCED PHYSICS II 4.0  
PH256 ADVANCED PHYSICS II 4.0  
STEM Depth  
Cadets in this major must take CY305/355 to satisfy the STEM Depth requirement.
CY305 CYBER FOUNDATIONS 3.0  
CY355 CYBER FOUNDATIONS - COMPUTING 3.0  
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Curriculum Requirements  
This section describes how cadets in this major satisfy various curriculum requirements.
IT/CYBER Requirement  
Cadets in this major will satisfy the IT/CYBER requirement by successfully completing the IT/CYBER content in the core curriculum and CY305/355.
CY305 CYBER FOUNDATIONS 3.0  
CY355 CYBER FOUNDATIONS - COMPUTING 3.0  
Core Engineering Sequence  
Cadets in this major may choose any authorized engineering sequence.
Writing-in-the-Major  
Cadets in this major satisfy the West Point Writing Program requirement by successfully completing writing requirements in the core curriculum and this course in the major.
SS376 AMERICAN POLITICAL DEVELOPMENT 3.0  





2025 Political Science Major: American Politics w/ Thesis Curriculum


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PAP2T Political Science: American Politics w/ Thesis Political Science Major: American Politics w/ Thesis Political Sci: American Politics w/ Thesis 1 0

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Subject Area Description Credit Hour
Required Course Choose 1 of 1
SS498A SENIOR THESIS IN AMER POLITICS 3.0  





2025 Political Science Major: American Politics w/ Thesis (Honors) Curriculum


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PAP2H Political Sci: Am Politics w/ Thesis (Honors) Political Science Major: American Politics w/ Thesis (Honors) Political Sci: Am Pol w/ Thesis (Honors) 1 1

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Subject Area Description Credit Hour
Program Requirements  
The Political Science Honors Program, available to cadets concentrating in American Politics, Comparative Politics and International Relations, will consist of a two-course sequence, in addition to the requirements of the major, culminating in the cadet writing a thesis and defending it in front of a thesis committee.
 
Cadets aspiring to graduate with a Political Science major with Honors will take an additional elective course to increase the depth of study in their major. They will then take the integrative experience (SS480, SS483 or SS486) in the fall of their Firstie year as part of a two-course thesis sequence, rather than the spring semester when cadets enrolled in the regular political science majors will normally take it. Both semesters of the integrative experience will include the same in-depth study of topics relevant to each political science major; only the analytical requirements will differ between semesters. In the spring semester, political science students will write and present an in-depth research paper that brings together theoretical perspectives acquired during their earlier studies. In the fall semester, political science honors students will complete the literature review, a full sentence outline with annotated bibliography, and introductory chapter of their theses, present their preliminary findings to their class, and finalize the selection of a three-member thesis committee.
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Honors students will continue work on their theses in SS498A Senior Thesis in American Politics, taken in the spring of the first class year when they will finish writing and defend their theses. SS498A Senior Thesis in American Politics consists of independent study and weekly meetings between individual cadets and their thesis advisors. Cadets will be responsible for coordinating meetings with their advisor. Course requirements will include a 30-50 page thesis submitted NLT lesson 35, and a defense of the thesis before their entire committee during the final two weeks of classes. Upon completion of the thesis and defense, the thesis committee recommends a final grade to the thesis advisor.
SS498A SENIOR THESIS IN AMER POLITICS 3.0  
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Grade Requirements  
Complete the requirements of the major as shown above, and attain an APSC of at least 3.0 in the core curriculum and an APSC of at least 3.5 in the major.