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Political Science, Minor

Students majoring in another field may minor in political science by completing at least 21 credits in an area of study.

They can choose from four interest subjects: general, foreign affairs, public administration and public policy, and American government.

Students always should consult with an adviser on their course of study and their course catalog, as classes and requirements might differ.

An example of a course of study is supplied below.

Minor Interest Subject (General)

  1. PSC 101 - American Politics: Process and Behavior OR PSC 103 - Principles of American Constitutional Government (three credits)
  2. Three courses (nine credits) from the following:
    • PSC 108 - Great Issues of Politics
    • PSC 210 - American Public Policy
    • PSC 211 - Comparative Government and Politics
    • PSC 231 - World Politics
    • PSC 341 - Elements of Public Administration
  3. Three additional upper-division political science or international affairs courses (nine credits)

Minor Interest Subject (Foreign Affairs)

  1. PSC 101 - American Politics: Process and Behavior OR PSC 103 - Principles of American Constitutional Government (three credits)
  2. PSC 211 - Comparative Government and Politics (three credits)
  3. PSC 231 - World Politics (three credits)
  4. Select four upper-division courses (three credits each) from the following two lists. Students must take at least one course from both the comparative politics and international relations lists.

Comparative Politics

  • PSC 404D - Comparative Public Administration
  • PSC 407A - Political Systems of Western Europe
  • PSC 407B - Political Systems of East Asia
  • PSC 407C - Political Systems of Russia and East-Central Europe
  • PSC 407D - Political Systems of the Middle East and North Africa
  • PSC 407E - Political Systems of Latin America
  • PSC 407F - Political Systems of China
  • PSC 407H - Politics and Problems in Developed Areas
  • PSC 407I - Politics and Problems in Developed Areas
  • PSC 407J - Nationalism
  • PSC 407P - The Middle East in World Affairs
  • PSC 407Q - Political Violence and Terrorism

International Relations

  • IAFF 350 - Model United Nations
  • IAFF 300 - Internship
  • PSC 336 - International Community
  • PSC 403D - Global Environmental Policy
  • PSC 405A - International Law
  • PSC 405D - American Foreign Policy
  • PSC 405E - Foreign Policies of the Major Powers
  • PSC 405F - Problems of World Politics
  • PSC 405G - International Conflict
  • PSC 405H - International Human Rights
  • PSC 405I - Holocaust and Genocide
  • PSC 407P - The Middle East in World Affairs
  • PSC 407Q - Political Violence and Terrorism
  • PSC 407S - Comparative Political Economy

Minor Interest Subject (Public Administration and Public Policy)

  1. PSC 101 - American Politics: Process and Behavior OR PSC 103 - Principles of American Constitutional Government (three credits)
  2. PSC 210 - American Public Policy (three credits)
  3. PSC 341 - Elements of Public Administration (three credits)
  4. Four additional courses (three credits each) selected from the following:
    • PSC 354 - Politics and Women
    • PSC 401A - Urban Politics
    • PSC 401M - Intergovernmental Relations
    • PSC 403C - Environmental Policy
    • PSC 403E - Environmental Law
    • PSC 403G - Land and Water Resource Policy
    • PSC 403H - The Supreme Court and Public Policy
    • PSC 403K - Problems in American Public Policy
    • PSC 404A - Public Financial Administration
    • PSC 404B - Public Personnel Administration
    • PSC 404C - Theories of Public Administration
    • PSC 404D - Comparative Public Administration
    • PSC 404E - Theories of Public Administration
    • PSC 404F - Administrative Law
    • PSC 405P - International Political Economy
    • PSC 490F - Internship: Public Service

Minor Interest Subject (American Government)

  1. PSC 101 - American Politics: Process and Behavior OR PSC 103 - Principles of American Constitutional Government (Three credits)
  2. PSC 304 - The Legislative Process (Three credits)
  3. PSC 305 - The American Presidency (Three credits)
  4. PSC 332 - The Judicial Process (Three credits)
  5. Three additional courses (Three credits each) selected from the following:
    • PSC 208 - Survey of State and Local Government
    • PSC 353 - Ethnic Politics in the United States
    • PSC 354 - Politics and Women
    • PSC 401A - Urban Politics
    • PSC 401F - Public Opinion and Political Behavior
    • PSC 401H - American Political Parties and Electoral Behavior
    • PSC 401L - Citizen Participation, Pressure Groups and Political Movements
    • PSC 401M - Intergovernmental Relations
    • PSC 403H - The Supreme Court and Public Policy
    • PSC 411G - Constitutional Law: Separation of Powers and Federalism


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