The Undergraduate Minor

Minoring in Political Science can provide a very useful complement to students majoring in such related disciplines as Philosophy, Economics, Women’s Studies, Geography, History, and Sociology/Anthropology. Students electing to minor in Political Science can tailor their coursework in ways that range from a general disciplinary minor to one that focuses on one of the core sub-fields of Political Science. These minors, and their specific course requirements, are:

General Political Science. Required courses are six hours from the following: POLS 102 American Government, POLS210 Law and the Legal System, POLS220 State and Local Government, POLS230 Introduction to Policy Analysis, POLS240 Introduction to Public Administration, POLS250 Introduction to Comparative Politics, and POLS260 Introduction to International Relations. In addition, the minor requires three additional, advanced (i.e., 300-level) courses from any of the Political Science subfields (i.e., any three course from POLS310 through POLS 379). POLS491 and 493 courses may be included where appropriate—department approval required.

American Politics and Policy. Required courses are: six hours from the following: POLS 102 American Government, POLS210 Law and the Legal System, POLS220 State and Local Government, POLS230 Introduction to Policy Analysis, and POLS240 Introduction to Public Administration. Any additional three advanced courses from the Department’s sub-fields in American politics and policy/adminstration (i.e., courses from POLS310 to POLS349). POLS491 and 493 courses may be included where appropriate—department approval required.

International and Comparative Politics. Required courses are POLS250 Introduction to Comparative Politics and POLS260 Introduction to International Relations. Also, any three advanced courses from the Department’s upper level courses in comparative politics and international relations (i.e., POLS350-POLS369). POLS491 and 493 courses may be included where appropriate—department approval required.

Pre-Law and the Legal Studies Required courses are POLS102 American Government and POLS210 Law and the Legal System. In addition, three advanced courses are required from the following: POLS313 American Constitutional Law, POLS 314 Civil Liberties in the US, POLS331 Criminal Law, Policy, and Administration, POLS335 Civil Rights Policy and Politics, POLS344 Administrative Law, and POLS363 International Law. POLS491 and 493 courses may be included where appropriate—department approval required.

Political Theory and Philosophy. Required Course is POLS270 Law, Justice, and Order. In addition, any four courses from Pol, S. 370-379, including POLS372 Modern Political Thought, POLS373 American Political Philosophy, and forthcoming courses. POLS491 and 493 courses may be included where appropriate—department approval required.

For advising purposes, click on the this link for the Political Science Minor Checklist . Note: In the case of each minor option, students must achieve at least a 2.00 grade point average in the 15 hours taken in Political Science. No courses can be graded with Pass/Fail criteria.