Political Science Minor

Requirements for a Minor in Political Science

The minor is to provide students with a flexible, coherent and guided study of political science as it relates to their special academic major or personal interests. The minor requires a minimum of 15 hours in political science of which 9 hours must be taken in junior-senior level courses. The 9 hours of junior-senior level courses cannot also be used to satisfy the requirements of any other major or minor.

All minors must take PLS 105, PLS 209, and a senior seminar (PLS 491, 492, 493 or 494). In addition, the student must take 6 hours of junior-senior level courses representing a coherent program of study and meeting the approval of a political science faculty advisor. It is the role of the student's departmental advisor to help work out a specific program coinciding with the student's interests and needs. The department’s policy is that coursework used to complete the minor must be drawn from its regularly scheduled, subfield-specific course offerings; use of internship, reading, or research courses (PLS 380, 480, 483, 484, 485) to complete the minor requires prior approval by both the Political Science Department faculty advisor and department chairperson.

Some suggestions for programs of study:  

  • Pre-Law: 105, 209, 360, 419, 459, 460, 494.
  • Public Management: 105, 209, 419, 420, 421, 422, 494.
  • Communications and Politics: 105, 209, 301, 310, 360, 419, 494.
  • Behavioral Politics: 105, 209, 301, 310, 311, 360, 422, 494.
  • International and Comparative Politics: 105, 209, 302, 303, 304, 305, 306, 317, 318, 319,  491 or 492.
  • Urban Politics: 105, 209, 419, 420, 421, 422, 494.
  • Political Philosophy: 105, 209, 307, 308, 407, 493.