Computer Science and Political Science, BS

The computer science and political science combined major offers both a strong computer science foundation and a deep understanding of global and societal needs. You will become an engaged citizen of the world, participating in interdisciplinary scholarship and translational research to address regional and global issues.

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified and complete any additional courses needed beyond specific college and major requirements to satisfy graduation credit requirements.

University-Wide Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the University-Wide Requirements.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

Computer Science Courses

Computer Science Overview
CS 1200Computer Science/Information Science Overview 11
CS 1210Computer Science/Information Science Overview 2: Co-op Preparation1
Computer Science Fundamental Courses
A grade of C– or higher is required:
CS 1800
and CS 1802
Discrete Structures
and Seminar for CS 1800
5
or CS 1801 Recitation for CS 1800
CS 2500
and CS 2501
Fundamentals of Computer Science 1
and Lab for CS 2500
5
CS 2510
and CS 2511
Fundamentals of Computer Science 2
and Lab for CS 2510
5
Computer Science Required Courses
CS 3200Database Design4
CS 3500Object-Oriented Design4
CS 4800Algorithms and Data4
IS 2000Principles of Information Science4
Presentation Requirement
THTR 1170The Eloquent Presenter1
Computer Science Elective Courses
Complete three upper-division computer science courses that are not already required in the following ranges:12
CS 2500 or higher, except CS 5010
IS 2000 or higher, except IS 4900
DS 2000 or higher, except DS 4900

Political Science Courses

Political Science Requirements
POLS 1150American Government4
POLS 1155Comparative Politics4
POLS 1160International Relations4
POLS 2399Research Methods in Political Science4
POLS 2400Quantitative Techniques4
Political Theory
Complete one of the following:4
Ancient Philosophy and Political Thought
Modern Political Thought
American Political Thought
Contemporary Political Thought
Political Science Capstone
POLS 4701Political Science Senior Capstone4
Political Science Electives
Complete four courses in the following range:16
POLS 2000 to POLS 5999

Integrative Requirement

Integrative Requirement
Complete one of the following:4
Science, Technology, and Public Policy
International Political Economy
International Law
International Security
Homeland Security Policy and Politics

Supporting Course

Complete one of the following:4
Computers and Society
Environment, Technology, and Society
The 21st-Century Workplace
Wired/Unwired: Cybercultures and Technopolitics
Technology and Human Values
Cyberlaw: Privacy, Ethics, and Digital Rights
Bostonography: The City through Data, Texts, Maps, and Networks

Computer Science Writing Requirement

College Writing
ENGW 1111First-Year Writing4
or ENGW 1102 First-Year Writing for Multilingual Writers
Advanced Writing in the Disciplines
Complete one of the following:4
Advanced Writing in the Technical Professions
Advanced Writing in the Social Sciences
Advanced Writing for Prelaw
Interdisciplinary Advanced Writing in the Disciplines

Required General Electives

Complete seven general electives.28

Major GPA Requirement

Minimum 2.000 GPA required in all CS and IS courses

Computer Science and Political Science Major Credit Requirement

100 semester hours required in the major

NUpath Requirements Satisfied

  • Engaging with the Natural and Designed World
    
  • Conducting Formal and Quantitative Reasoning
    
  • Analyzing and Using Data
    
  • Writing in the First Year
  • Writing-Intensive in the Major
    
  • Advanced Writing in the Disciplines
    
  • Demonstrating Thought and Action in a Capstone
    

 Integrating Knowledge and Skills Through Experience is satisfied through co-op.

Program Requirement

132 total semester hours required

Note: CCIS intentionally makes the total credits required one less than the sum of the credits to allow for a 1-credit waiver if needed.

Sample Patterns:

Four Year, Two Co-ops in Summer 2/Fall

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 1800
and CS 1802
5CS 2510
and CS 2511
5CS 32004Vacation
CS 2500
and CS 2501
5IS 20004CS 35004 
CS 12001ENGW 11114  
POLS 1150
and POLS 1151
4POLS 1160
and POLS 1161
4  
POLS 1155
and POLS 1156
4   
 19 17 8 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 48004CS 12101ENGW 3302, 3308, 3311, or 33154Co-op
POLS 23994CS elective 14Elective4 
POLS elective 14POLS 24004  
Elective4POLS elective 24  
 Elective4  
 16 17 8 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-opCS elective 24Elective4Co-op
 POLS elective 34Elective4 
 POLS elective 44  
 Computing and social issues requirement4  
 THTR 11701  
 0 17 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1Hours 
Co-opCS elective 34 
 POLS 47014Elective4 
 POLS elective 54Elective4 
 POLS integrative requirement4  
 0 16 8 
Total Hours: 134

Five Year, Three Co-ops in Summer 2/Fall

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 1800
and CS 1802
5CS 2510
and CS 2511
5VacationVacation
CS 2500
and CS 2501
5IS 20004  
CS 12001ENGW 11114  
POLS 1150
and POLS 1151
4POLS 1160
and POLS 1161
4  
POLS 1155
and POLS 1156
4   
 19 17 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 35004CS 12101VacationCo-op
CS 48004CS 32004  
POLS 23994POLS 24004  
POLS elective 14POLS elective 24  
 Elective4  
 16 17 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-opCS elective 14ENGW 3302, 3308, 3311, or 33154Co-op
 POLS elective 34Elective4 
 Computing and social issues requirement 4  
 Elective4  
 THTR 11701  
 0 17 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-opCS elective 24Elective4Co-op
 POLS elective 44Elective4 
 POLS integrative requirement4  
 Elective4  
 0 16 8 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
Co-opCS elective 34  
 POLS 47014  
 POLS elective 54  
 Elective4  
 0 16  
Total Hours: 134