Political Science Minor

Gain real-world knowledge and expertise on the major political systems and activities in modern society with a minor in Political Science. You will study American politics and law, comparative politics, international politics, and political theory and methodology, with course offerings in topics ranging from public policy to democratization. Opportunities for hands-on experiential learning exist in certain courses, in the Washington Semester program, and through the department's internship program. A variety of career options will be open to you after graduation in fields such as public administration, law, journalism, graduate and business school, and management.

Minor in Political Science (15 hours)

  • POSC 152 Politics of American Democracy

Two of the following:

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

Two of the following (6 hours):

American Politics and Law

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

Comparative Politics

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

International Politics

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

Political Theory and Methodology

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

Other courses

  • POSC 390 Special Topics in Political Science

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

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