Course Number Key

The Department of Political Science offers courses in the fields of American politics, comparative politics, international relations, political theory, and methodology.

Prefixes and suffixes


  • UN: courses numbered 1000-3999 for undergraduates only
  • GU: mixed level courses numbered 4000-4999 open to both undergraduates and graduate students
  • GR: courses numbered 5000-9999 for graduate students

Undergraduates may register for courses designated with a GR prefix by following the instructions for cross-registration.


  • x: courses offered in the fall semester
  • y: courses offered in the spring semester

Course numbers

The first digit of the course number indicates the level of the course. The second digit of the course number indicates the subfield of the course.

Number scheme for UN courses

  • X1XX: political theory
  • X2XX: American politics
  • X5XX: comparative politics
  • X6XX: international relations
  • X7XX: methodology
Undergraduate seminars
  • All sections of 3911 and 3912 are seminars in political theory.
  • All sections of 3921 and 3922 are seminars in American politics.
  • All sections of 3951 and 3952 are seminars in comparative politics.
  • All sections of 3961 and 3962 are seminars in international relations.

Number scheme for GU and GR courses

  • X1XX: political theory
  • X2XX: American politics
  • X4XX: comparative politics
  • X7XX: methodology (see further detail about the scheme for methods courses below)
  • X8XX: international relations
Graduate field surveys, 6000-level courses
  • GR 6101: Issues in Political Theory
  • GR 6210-6211: Issues and Debates in American Politics
  • GR 6411-6412: Comparative Politics Survey I and II
  • GR 6801: Theories of International Relations
Number scheme for methodology courses

Methods courses may be offered as UN, GU, or GR courses at any level. Their second digit is 7. The third digit in the course number indicates the type of methodology covered in the course.

  • X70X: basic tools (math and methods of inquiry)
  • X71X: introductory statistics
  • X73X: game theory
  • X76X: applied empirical methods
  • X78X: qualitative methods
  • X79X: advanced statistics