Finish in Four Curriculum

The USP Major consists of 16 courses:

  • Four (4) lower division courses
  • Twelve (12) upper division courses

The following chart is a helpful guide to ensure successful completion of all required courses in time to graduate at the end of one's 4th year.





Sophomore 1. USP 1 2. USP 2 3. USP 3
4. Political Science 30
Junior 1. Research Methods Course
2. Foundation Course
3. USP Upper Division Course 
4. USP Upper Division Course
5. USP Upper Division Course
6. Foundation Course
7. USP Upper Division Course
Senior 8. USP 186 (6 units)
9. USP Upper Division Course
10. USP 187 (6 units)
11. USP Upper Division Course
12. USP Upper Division Course


  • The above courses (USP 1,2, & 3; USP 186 & 187) are offered in the quarter they are listed.
  • All USP courses taken to satisfy the major must be taken for a letter grade.
  • All USP courses for the major must receive no lower than a C-grade.
  • Completing the USP major is flexible. Courses can be taken in different academic years, except the one (1) required Research Methods Course must be taken junior year, and the senior sequence should be taken the last consecutive fall and winter quarter enrolled.
  • It is recommended that lower division courses be taken before upper division courses, but overlapping is allowed. Seven (7) upper division electives chosen from the USP approved courses are required. 

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