Political Science Minor

Explore the major political systems and activities in modern society and gain real-world knowledge and expertise on:

  • American politics and law
  • comparative politics
  • international politics
  • political theory and methodology

Hands-on experiential learning in certain courses are available in the Washington Semester program and through the department's internship program.

Minor in Political Science (15 hours)

Three of the following:

  • POSC 201 American Politics 3 hours
  • POSC 204 Political Thought 3 hours
  • POSC 206 International Politics 3 hours
  • POSC 207 Comparative Politics 3 hours
  • POSC 217 American Public Policy 3 hours

Two of the following (6 hours):

American Politics and Law

  • POSC 307 Introduction to American Law 3 hours
  • POSC 313 Mass Media and Public Opinion 3 hours
  • POSC 314 Political Participation 3 hours
  • POSC 315 Political Parties and Interest Groups 3 hours
  • POSC 320 Congress and the Legislative Process 3 hours
  • POSC 322 The Presidency 3 hours
  • POSC 323 The U.S. Constitution 3 hours
  • POSC 324 American Civil Liberties 3 hours
  • POSC 325 American Political Development 3 hours
  • POSC 355 Public Administration 3 hours

Comparative Politics

  • POSC 203RM Contemporary Italian Problems 3 hours
  • POSC 304 Latin American Politics 3 hours
  • POSC 319 The Global Politics of International Development 3 hours
  • POSC 329 Middle East Politics 3 hours
  • POSC 360 The Politics of Race 3 hours
  • POSC 365 Gender and Politics 3 hours
  • POSC 370 Democratization 3 hours

International Politics

  • POSC 316 International Law and Organization 3 hours
  • POSC 326 Global Environmental Politics 3 hours
  • POSC 333 Transnational Feminisms 3 hours
  • POSC 346 International Political Economy 3 hours
  • POSC 416 United States Foreign Policy 3 hours

Political Theory and Methodology

  • POSC 301 The Quest for Human Rights 3 hours
  • POSC 341 Politics and Religion 3 hours
  • POSC 342 American Political Thought 3 hours
  • POSC 344 Catholic Political Thought 3 hours
  • POSC 350 Politics and Film 3 hours

Other courses

  • POSC 390 Special Topics in Political Science 3 hours

Note: The following courses cannot be used as Political Science electives:

  • POSC 151 Political Issues
  • POSC 160 Global Political Issues
  • POSC 290 Model UN
  • POSC 495/496 Senior Thesis I, II
  • POSC 497 Independent Study
  • POSC 499 Internship in Politics