Prospective Concentrators

Political Science Concentration Requirements

Political science is the systematic study of governmental and political structures, processes, and policies. This study uses institutional, quantitative, and philosophical approaches. The field is highly diverse, and includes five primary subfields:

  •  Political Theory 
  • American Politics
  • Comparative Politics 
  • World Politics
  •  Research Methods

Political scientists concentrate on public opinion and voting, organized political behavior, governmental institutions, studies of single countries, comparisons across countries and relations among countries. 

As a political science undergraduate at Michigan, you will be encouraged to expand your perspective through supplemental programs and activities such as: 

  • Internships
  • Independent study
  • Research opportunities
  • Senior seminar
  • Political science clubs and student organizations

Qualified students who wish to tackle a rigorous course of study and complete a thesis can apply for the Honors Program.  




Quick Links

Career Guide for Political Science (Career Center)

Careers in Political Science (American Political Science Association)



Concentration Requirements for Majors and Minors (PDF)

Prerequisites, Concentration Core, Cognates are included

Declaration Form for Political Science Majors and Minors (PDF)

Set up an advising appointment to complete and submit this form.