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Bachelor of Science in Political Science/Course 17

General Institute Requirements (GIRs) Subjects
Science Requirement 6
Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Requirement [all but three subjects can inform the Departmental Program] 8
Restricted Electives in Science and Technology (REST) Requirement 2
Laboratory Requirement [can be satisfied by 17.871 in the Departmental Program] 1
Total GIR Subjects Required for SB Degree 17
Communication Requirement  
The program includes a Communication Requirement of 4 subjects:
2 subjects designated as Communication Intensive in Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (CI-H); and 2 subjects designated as Communication Intensive in the Major (CI-M).
PLUS Departmental Program Units
Subject names below are followed by credit units, and by prerequisites, if any (corequisites in italics).
Required Subjects(1) 51
17.869 Political Science Scope and Methods, 12, HASS-S, CI-M
17.871 Political Science Laboratory, 15, LAB; 17.869*
17.ThT Thesis Research Design Seminar, 12, CI-M; 17.869, 17.871, or permission of instructor
17.ThU Undergraduate Political Science Thesis (at least 12 units; additional units by special arrangement)
Restricted Electives 60-84
Normally seven subjects divided as follows: 
Political philosophy/social theory: one political science subject in the field of political philosophy/social theory (17.00–17.099)
American politics:
one political science subject in the field of American politics (17.20–17.299)
Public policy: one political science subject in the field of public policy (17.30–17.399), or a subject in another field designated as fulfilling the public policy requirement
International politics:
one political science subject in the fields of international relations/security studies (17.40–17.499) or comparative politics (17.50–17.599)
Plus three additional political science subjects representing a coherent plan of study. Specific subjects satisfying these criteria should be chosen in consultation with a faculty advisor.
Departmental Program Units That Also Satisfy the GIRs (65-75)
Unrestricted Electives 120-134
Total Units Beyond the GIRs Required for SB Degree 180
No subject can be counted both as part of the 17-subject GIRs and as part of the 180 units required beyond the GIRs. Every subject in the student's departmental program will count toward one or the other, but not both.  
* Alternate prerequisites are listed in the subject description.
(1) Students typically enroll in subjects as follows: 17.869, fall term, junior year; 17.871, spring term, junior year; 17.ThT, fall term, senior year; 17.ThU, spring term, senior year.
For an explanation of credit units, or hours, please refer to the online help in the MIT Subject Listing & Schedule,


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