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Political Science Minor

Division of Social Sciences - Adm
Division of Social Sciences
  • Program Type: Undergraduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2014
  • Required credits in this minor: 20
Objectives--Political science is the study of the political world in a comprehensive sense, including the behaviors, organizations, institutions, and philosophical foundations of political life from the level of individuals to the international setting in both contemporary and historical contexts. In addition, political science makes the connection between theory and practice at the ground level by preparing students for active lifelong participation and leadership in democratic society. The political science major curriculum stresses the development of strong analytical skills and critical thinking and prepares students for further academic training in political science, law, public administration, and other graduate programs, as well as for work in public affairs, business, journalism, interest groups, and a wide range of other careers. Students who complete the political science major are able to critically analyze and interpret political processes, problems, and challenges; understand, synthesize, and contribute imaginatively to the major research and theoretical debates prevalent in the study of American and comparative politics, international relations, and political thought; present their evidence and arguments in clear, precise language; and participate thoughtfully, knowledgeably, and ethically in civic life.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Minor Requirements
No grades below C- are allowed. Courses may not be taken S-N, unless offered S-N only. A minimum GPA of 2.00 is required in the minor to graduate. The GPA includes all, and only, University of Minnesota coursework. Grades of "F" are included in GPA calculation until they are replaced.
Required Courses
Take 1 or more course(s) from the following:
· POL 1101 - Introduction to Political Theory [E/CR] (4.0 cr)
· POL 1201 - American Government and Politics [E/CR] (4.0 cr)
· POL 1401 - World Politics [IP] (4.0 cr)
Elective Courses
Take at most 8 credit(s) from the following:
· POL 1101 - Introduction to Political Theory [E/CR] (4.0 cr)
· POL 1201 - American Government and Politics [E/CR] (4.0 cr)
· POL 1401 - World Politics [IP] (4.0 cr)
· POL 1xxx
· POL 2xxx
Take 8 or more credit(s) from the following:
· POL 3201 - Legislative Process [SS] (4.0 cr)
· POL 3211 - The American Presidency [SS] (4.0 cr)
· POL 3233 - Civil Liberties and American Politics [E/CR] (4.0 cr)
· POL 3234 - Race, Class, and Power: Social Movements and Interest Groups in U.S. Politics [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· POL 3261 - State and Local Politics [SS] (4.0 cr)
· POL 3263 - Political Psychology [SS] (4.0 cr)
· POL 3272 - Making Environmental Public Policy [ENVT] (4.0 cr)
· POL 3351 - Ancient and Medieval Political Thought [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· POL 3352 - Modern Political Thought [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· POL 3354 - Political Ethics [E/CR] (4.0 cr)
· POL 3355 - Environmental Political Theory [ENVT] (4.0 cr)
· POL 3401 - U.S. Foreign Policy [SS] (4.0 cr)
· POL 3411 - International Law [E/CR] (4.0 cr)
· POL 3453 - Russian Politics and Foreign Policy [IP] (4.0 cr)
· POL 3461 - Diplomatic Negotiation [IP] (4.0 cr)
· POL 3475 - International Human Rights [IP] (4.0 cr)
· POL 3501 - Government and Politics of Asia [SS] (4.0 cr)
· POL 3503 - Women in Politics Worldwide [IP] (4.0 cr)
· POL 3504 - Latin American Politics [IP] (4.0 cr)
· POL 3996 - Field Study in Political Science (1.0-16.0 cr)
· POL 4251 - Political Participation and Voting Behavior [SS] (4.0 cr)
· POL 4266 - Media and Politics (4.0 cr)
· POL 4301 - Contemporary Political Thought [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· POL 4302 - International Comparative Political Theory [IP] (4.0 cr)
· POL 4451 - Comparative Foreign Policy (4.0 cr)
· POL 4452 - International Relations (4.0 cr)
· POL 3xxx
· POL 4xxx
 
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