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Political Science Minor

Political Science
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Undergraduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2012
  • Required credits in this minor: 16
Political scientists study topics such as the exercise of power and influence; sources and resolution of conflicts; the relation of politics to the economy, culture, and other aspects of society; the adoption and implementation of public policies; and the development of political systems. These topics are studied at all levels, from local communities to the global community. The scope of the discipline is reflected in the main areas of specialization that make up the undergraduate curriculum: political theory, comparative government and politics, international relations, and American governmental systems and processes.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Minor Requirements
Complete at least four courses, totaling at least 16 credits. Students must take at least one course in two out of four subfields: political theory, comparative government, American government, and international relations. POL 3070, and 4970 cannot count toward minor requirements. Students may apply 3 credits of POL 3080. Political science minors who major in global studies must complete at least two upper division courses outside of the comparative government and international relations subfields. Global studies majors must take at least two upper division courses from political theory or American government.
Minor Courses
Take 16 or more credit(s) from the following:
Take 0 or more credit(s) from the following:
· POL 1001 - American Democracy in a Changing World [SOCS] (4.0 cr)
· POL 1001H - Honors Course: American Democracy in a Changing World [SOCS] (4.0 cr)
· POL 1015 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
· POL 1019 - Indigenous Peoples: A Global Perspective [GP] (3.0 cr)
· POL 1025 - Global Politics [SOCS, GP] (4.0 cr)
· POL 1026 - We and They: U.S. Foreign Policy (4.0 cr)
· POL 1054 - Politics of Countries Around the World [SOCS, GP] (4.0 cr)
· POL 1065 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
· POL 1201 - Political Ideas and Ideologies [HIS, CIV] (4.0 cr)
· POL 1234 - Citizen U: Building Tomorrow's Citizens Today (3.0 cr)
· POL 1903 - Freshman Seminar (3.0 cr)
· POL 1904 - Topics: Freshman seminar (3.0 cr)
· POL 1905 - Freshman Seminar (3.0 cr)
· POL 1908W - Topics: Freshman Seminar [WI] (3.0 cr)
· POL 1909W - Topics: Freshman Seminar [WI] (3.0 cr)
· Take 0 or more credit(s) from the following:
· POL 3210 - Practicum (2.0 cr)
· POL 3225 - American Political Thought [CIV] (3.0 cr)
· POL 3235W - Democracy and Citizenship [CIV, WI] (3.0 cr)
· POL 3251W - Power, Virtue and Vice: Ancient and Early Modern Political Theory [WI] (3.0 cr)
· POL 3252W - Revolution, Democracy, and Empire: Modern Political Thought [AH, CIV, WI] (3.0 cr)
· POL 4210 - Topics in Political Theory (3.0 cr)
· POL 4225 {Inactive} (3.0-4.0 cr)
· POL 4253 - Modernity and Its Discontents: Late Modern Political Thought (3.0-4.0 cr)
· POL 4275 - Domination, Exclusion, and Justice: Contemporary Political Thought (3.0 cr)
· Take 0 or more credit(s) from the following:
· POL 3306 - Presidential Leadership and American Democracy (3.0 cr)
· POL 3308 - Congressional Politics and Institutions [SOCS] (3.0 cr)
· POL 3309 - Justice in America (3.0 cr)
· POL 3310 - Topics in American Politics (3.0 cr)
· POL 3319 - Education and the American Dream [SOCS, DSJ] (3.0 cr)
· POL 3321 - Issues in American Public Policy (3.0 cr)
· POL 3325 - U.S. Campaigns and Elections (3.0 cr)
· POL 3701 - American Indian Tribal Governments and Politics [HIS, DSJ] (3.0 cr)
· POL 3739 - Politics of Race, Class, and Ethnicity (3.0 cr)
· POL 3752 - Chicana/o Politics [SOCS, DSJ] (3.0 cr)
· POL 3766 - Political Psychology of Mass Behavior [SOCS] (3.0 cr)
· POL 3767 - Political Psychology of Elite Behavior [CIV] (3.0 cr)
· POL 3769 - Public Opinion and Voting Behavior [SOCS] (3.0 cr)
· POL 3785 - Persuasion and Political Propaganda (3.0 cr)
· POL 4310 - Topics in American Politics (3.0 cr)
· POL 4315W - State Governments: Laboratories of Democracy [WI] (4.0 cr)
· POL 4322 - Rethinking the Welfare State (3.0 cr)
· POL 4501W - The Supreme Court and Constitutional Interpretation [CIV, WI] (3.0 cr)
· POL 4502W - The Supreme Court, Civil Liberties, and Civil Rights [CIV, WI] (3.0 cr)
· POL 4525W - Federal Indian Policy [WI] (3.0 cr)
· POL 4737W - American Political Parties [WI] (4.0 cr)
· POL 4766 - America, the Unusual?: American Political Culture in Comparative Context [CIV] (3.0 cr)
· POL 4771 - Racial Attitudes and Intergroup Conflict (3.0 cr)
· POL 4773W - Interest Groups, Social Movements and Politics of Race, Class, and Gender [DSJ, WI] (3.0 cr)
· Take 0 or more credit(s) from the following:
· POL 3410 - Topics in Comparative Politics (3.0 cr)
· POL 3441 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
· POL 3451W - Politics and Society in the New Europe [GP, WI] (3.0 cr)
· POL 3477 - Political Development [SOCS, GP] (3.0-4.0 cr)
· POL 3479 - Latin American Politics [GP] (3.0 cr)
· POL 3491 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
· POL 4403W - Comparative Constitutionalism [GP, WI] (3.0 cr)
· POL 4410 - Topics in Comparative Politics (3.0 cr)
· POL 4461W - European Government and Politics [GP, WI] (4.0 cr)
· POL 4463 - The Cuban Revolution Through the Words of Cuban Revolutionaries [GP] (3.0 cr)
· POL 4465 - Southeast Asian Politics [GP] (3.0 cr)
· POL 4478W - Contemporary Politics in Africa and the Colonial Legacy [GP, WI] (4.0 cr)
· POL 4481 - Governments and Markets (3.0-4.0 cr)
· POL 4485 - Human Rights and Democracy in the World [CIV] (3.0 cr)
· POL 4487 - The Struggle for Democratization and Citizenship (4.0 cr)
· POL 4489W - Citizens, Consumers, and Corporations [CIV, WI] (3.0 cr)
· Take 0 or more credit(s) from the following:
· POL 3810 - Topics in International Relations and Foreign Policy (3.0 cr)
· POL 3835 - International Relations [SOCS, GP] (3.0 cr)
· POL 3872W - Global Environmental Cooperation [WI] (4.0 cr)
· POL 3873V - Global Citizenship and International Ethics [CIV, WI] (3.0 cr)
· POL 3873W - Global Citizenship and International Ethics [CIV, WI] (3.0 cr)
· POL 4810 - Topics in International Politics and Foreign Policy (3.0 cr)
· POL 4867W - United States Foreign Policy Toward the Middle East [GP, WI] (4.0 cr)
· POL 4878W - Israeli-Palestinian Situation [GP, WI] (4.0 cr)
· POL 4881 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
· POL 4883W - Global Governance [WI] (3.0 cr)
· POL 4885W - International Conflict and Security [GP, WI] (4.0 cr)
· POL 4887 - Thinking Strategically in International Politics (3.0 cr)
· POL 4889 {Inactive} (3.0-4.0 cr)
· Take 0 or more credit(s) from the following:
· POL 3080 - Faculty-Supervised Individual Internships (3.0-13.0 cr)
· POL 3085 - Quantitative Analysis in Political Science [MATH] (4.0 cr)
· POL 5xxx
 
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