Political Science

The political science minor, open to all students, strengthens your understanding of government systems that you can apply to your career interests. Beyond foundational courses in political theory, you can customize the minor to your interests. The department suggests courses if you’re interested in pre-law, public administration, communications or politics. You can spend a semester abroad or in Washington, D.C., to enhance your understanding of politics. Outside the classroom, you can participate in student organizations such as the pre-law club, mock trial team or student chapters of political parties.

Minor Requirements

Required Course - 3 hrs.

  • PLS 105: Introduction to American Government - 3 hrs.

Elective Courses (choose one) - 3 hrs.

  • PLS 205: Introduction to Comparative Politics - 3 hrs.
  • PLS 207: Introduction to Political Thought - 3 hrs.
  • PLS 208: Fundamentals of International Relations - 3 hrs.

Senior Seminar (choose one) - 3 hrs.

  • PLS 491: Seminar in Comparative Politics - 3 hrs.
  • PLS 492: Seminar in International Relations - 3 hrs.
  • PLS 493: Seminar in Political Theory - 3 hrs.
  • PLS 494: Seminar in American Politics - 3 hrs.

Minors must also take 6 hours of junior senior-level courses representing a coherent program of study and meeting the approval of a political science department faculty advisor. Suggested programs of study:

  • Pre-Law
    • PLS 105: Introduction to American Government - 3 hrs.
    • PLS 300: Topics in Political Thought - 3 hrs.
    • PLS 360: Judicial Politics - 3 hrs.
    • PLS 419: Introduction to Public Administration - 3 hrs.
    • PLS 459: Constitutional Law - 3 hrs.
    • PLS 460: Constitutional Law - 3 hrs.
    • PLS 494: Seminar in American Politics - 3 hrs.

  • Public Administration
    • PLS 105: Introduction to American Government - 3 hrs.
    • PLS 419: Introduction to Public Administration - 3 hrs.
    • PLS 420: Public Personnel Administration - 3 hrs.
    • PLS 422: Urban Politics - 3 hrs.
    • PLS 494: Seminar in American Politics - 3 hrs.

  • Communications & Politics
    • PLS 105: Introduction to American Government - 3 hrs.
    • PLS 301: Topics in American Politics - 3 hrs.
    • PLS 310: Political Behavior - 3 hrs.
    • PLS 314: The U.S. Congress - 3 hrs.
    • PLS 315: The U.S. Presidency - 3 hrs.
    • PLS 419: Introduction to Public Administration - 3 hrs.
    • PLS 494: Seminar in American Politics - 3 hrs.

  • Applied Politics
    • PLS 105: Introduction to American Government - 3 hrs.
    • PLS 301: Topics in American Politics - 3 hrs.
    • PLS 310: Political Behavior - 3 hrs.
    • PLS 311: Political Parties Electorate and Politics - 3 hrs.
    • PLS 314: The U.S. Congress - 3 hrs.
    • PLS 315: The U.S. Presidency - 3 hrs.
    • PLS 494: Seminar in American Politics - 3 hrs.

  • Behavioral Politics
    • PLS 105: Introduction to American Government - 3 hrs.
    • PLS 301: Topics in American Politics - 3 hrs.
    • PLS 310: Political Behavior - 3 hrs.
    • PLS 311: Political Parties Electorate and Politics - 3 hrs.
    • PLS 360: Judicial Politics - 3 hrs.
    • PLS 422: Urban Politics - 3 hrs.
    • PLS 494: Seminar in American Politics - 3 hrs.

  • International & Comparative Politics
    • PLS 105: Introduction to American Government - 3 hrs.
    • PLS 205: Introduction to Comparative Politics - 3 hrs.
      or PLS 208: Fundamentals of International Relations - 3 hrs.
    • PLS 302: Topics in International Relations - 3 hrs.
    • PLS 304: Governments of West Europe - 3 hrs.
    • PLS 305: Topics in Comparative Government - 3 hrs.
    • PLS 306: Comparative Public Policy - 3 hrs.
    • PLS 317: International Law - 3 hrs.
    • PLS 318: International Organization - 3 hrs.
    • PLS 319: International Political Economy - 3 hrs.
    • PLS 491: Seminar in Comparative Politics - 3 hrs.
      or PLS 492: Seminar in International Relations - 3 hrs.
    • IS 312: American Foreign Policy - 3 hrs.
      or IS 410: Globalization in World Affairs - 3 hrs.

  • Urban Politics
    • PLS 105: Introduction to American Government - 3 hrs.
    • PLS 419: Introduction to Public Administration - 3 hrs.
    • PLS 420: Public Personnel Administration - 3 hrs.
    • PLS 422: Urban Politics - 3 hrs.
    • PLS 494: Seminar in American Politics - 3 hrs.

  • Political Philosophy
    • PLS 105: Introduction to American Government - 3 hrs.
    • PLS 207: Introduction to Political Thought - 3 hrs.
    • PLS 300: Topics in Political Thought - 3 hrs.
    • PLS 307: Classical Political Philosophy - 3 hrs.
    • PLS 308: Modern Political Philosophy - 3 hrs.
    • PLS 407: American Political Thought - 3 hrs.
    • PLS 493: Seminar in Political Theory - 3 hrs.