Political Science - MINOR

The Political Science minor prepares students to engage with questions of power, governance, justice and injustice in American and international politics. This program provides students with a rigorous grounding in the analytical and ethical thinking necessary to be an effective professional in the world of politics and public service. Students studying political science encounter the dynamic, complex world of politics through courses that emphasize political literacy and communication, civic and global engagement, ethical decision-making, and the application of theory to politics. A political science minor is one that is readily recognized by employers, and demonstrates students have a focused interest and skill set that deepens their efficacy in dealing with a variety of sociopolitical conditions at local, national and global scales, as well as a nuanced understanding of human power relations, current practices in politics, governance, research methods and data analysis, leadership, diplomacy, and conflict analysis. 

Political Science


PSCI1001Introduction to Political Science3
PSCI2001International Relations and World Politics3
Choose three of the following: *9
Power and Leadership
Introduction to Political Theory
Political Communications
Comparative Politics and Government
American Constitutional Law
Race, Politics and Power in America
Political Ideologies and the 21st Century
American Politics, Policy and Institutions
Research Methods in Political Science
Ethics in Public Life
Women in American Political Life
Dynamics of Contemporary Diplomacy and Statecraft
Politics of Food, Human Security and Social Justice
Political Parties, Social Movements and Interest Groups
Special Topics in Political Science
Issues in Political Theory: The Politics of Human Rights in Global Perspective
Sustainability Policy and Planning
Total Credits15.0

Students are responsible for meeting prerequisites.

If a minor course is listed as a major course in a student’s major program, the student must choose additional courses from an elective list to complete the minor. Please see the Minors, Specializations and Certificates page for additional information.