Minors

 

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The department offers two minor programs: the Minor in Political Science and the Minor in Public Policy. Both flexible programs allow students to combine their passion for political and international issues with a major in another department. Potential classes include Freedom and Equality, Women and Politics, The Arab-Israeli Conflict and Politics in the Two Koreas.

 

 


Minor in Political Science

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Students minoring in political science complete three courses in foundational political science material — Comparative Politics, International Relations and American Politics and Government — and choose a course from a selection of theoretical topics. They also choose four political science electives for a total of 18 credits.

Political Science Minor Course Requirements

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 18 credits in political science (PSC) courses.

Required
One course from the following:
PSC 1001Introduction to Comparative Politics
PSC 1002Introduction to American Politics and Government
PSC 1003Introduction to International Politics
One course from the following:
PSC 2105Major Issues of Western Political Thought I
PSC 2106Major Issues of Western Political Thought II
or PSC 2106W Major Issues of Western Political Thought II
PSC 2107Twentieth-Century Political Thought
PSC 2108Freedom and Equality
PSC 2110American Political Thought
PSC 2120
or PSC 2120W Freedom in American Thought and Popular Culture
or AMST 2120W Freedom in American Thought and Popular Culture
PSC 2991Special Topics in Political Thought
Four additional PSC courses.

 


Minor in Public Policy

 

The 24-credit hour public policy minor delves into economics and U.S. government and policy in addition to core discipline material. Core courses include Comparative Politics, American Politics and Government, Economics and either Scope and Methods or Visualization and Modeling Politics. 

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Public Policy Minor Course Requirements 

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 24 credits, including 15 credits in required courses and 9 credits in elective courses.

Required
PSC 1001Introduction to Comparative Politics
PSC 1002Introduction to American Politics and Government
PSC 2101Scope and Methods of Political Science
or PSC 2102 Visualizing and Modeling Politics
ECON 1011Principles of Economics I
ECON 1012Principles of Economics II
Electives
Three courses (9 credits) from the following:
PSC 2212State and Urban Policy Problems
PSC 2213Judicial Politics
PSC 2216The American Presidency
PSC 2217Executive Branch Politics
PSC 2218Legislative Politics
PSC 2219Political Parties and Interest Groups
PSC 2222Science, Technology, and Politics
PSC 2224Issues in Domestic Public Policy
PSC 2240Poverty, Welfare, and Work
PSC 2446U.S. Foreign Policy
PSC 2468Post-Soviet Foreign Policy