Because of the growing complexity and globalization of our world, it is important today that students develop a solid understanding of the political ideas and processes that shape political outcomes. The need for improved understanding of politics is evident in domestic debates about health care, immigration, environmental protection, homeland security and banking regulation, as well as in international issues of terrorism, the United States’ role in international finance, the spread of democracy and human rights, global poverty and global health issues.
The politics minor allows UW Tacoma students to strengthen their facility with political reasoning and theory in ways that complement their studies in their chosen majors/concentrations. Specific areas of study that would benefit from a politics minor include environmental studies, history, communications, business, social work and urban studies. More substantially, the politics minor will help students become more informed about and engaged with local, national and international issues, and support those students interested in being able to teach political science or social studies as high school teachers. Current course work in a politics minor supports Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences’ Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PP&E) major. This minor allows students to benefit from this particular aspect of the PP&E curriculum while not requiring them to take the full PP&E curriculum.
Note: PP&E and Law and Policy major students cannot minor in Politics.
Objectives of minor
Graduates with a minor in politics will develop a solid understanding of political ideas, processes and outcomes. Students will be prepared to pursue careers in government, law, planning, nonprofit management, community work, diplomacy, business, teaching, journalism and other fields, as well as for graduate study in these areas.Educational outcomes
Students with a minor in politics will be equipped to understand political and social interactions, the relations between states and international institutions, and the history of relationships between governments and its citizens. The minor also aims to develop skills needed for informed and effective citizenship at all levels. Students completing a minor in politics will learn to:
- Engage in and employ sophisticated theoretical reasoning to analyze issues related to politics;
- Analyze and explain the politics behind current events;
- Investigate the relationship between politics and other areas of inquiry;
- Discuss and write critically about domestic and international political and social issues.
Politics minor course requirements
The Politics minor requires 25 credits. Students may request to transfer up to ten (10) credits to be applied toward the courses fulfilling the minor.
All minors must be completed with a 2.0 minor GPA. Please see an advisor to discuss details.
Required Core Courses: 10 credits (choose two of the three)
- TPOLS 201 Introduction to Political Values and Ideas (5)
- TPOLS 202 Introduction to American Politics (5)
- TPOLS 203 Introduction to International Relations (5)
Elective Courses: 15 credits
15 credits from upper-division courses (300 - 400 level) within the Politics and Philosophy track of Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PP&E).
- TECON 417 Political Economy of India
- TGEOG 435 Contemporary Geopolitics
- TGEOG 440 Political Geography: Territory, State and Society
- *TGH 301 Global Interactions
- *TGH 303 Global Challenges
- THIST 322 American Labor Since the Civil War
- THIST 350 Modern Germany Since 1848
- TPHIL 355 Mind of Modernity
- TPHIL 356 Themes in American Philosophy
- TPHIL 358 History of Philosophy: Medieval and Modern
- TPHIL 360 History of Philosophy: Modern and Contemporary
- TPHIL 361 Ethics in Society
- **TPHIL 363 Philosophical Perspectives on the Environment
- TPHIL 364 Topics in the Philosophy of Science
- TPHIL 414 Philosophy of Law
- TPHIL 451 The Enlightenment
- TPHIL 456 Environmental Ethics
- TPHIL 466 Modernity and Its Critics
- TPOLS 300 Mass Media and US Politics
- TPOLS 305 Campaigns and Elections
- TPOLS 310 Modern European Political Theory
- TPOLS 311 International Human Rights
- TPOLS 312 19th Century Revolutions and Revolutionaries
- TPOLS 317 The Politics of Race and Ethnicity in the United States
- TPOLS 321 American Foreign Policy
- TPOLS 328 International Organizations
- TPOLS 340 Middle East Politics
- TPOLS 353 U.S. Congress
- TPOLS 368 The Politics & Law of International Human Rights
- TPOLS 400 American Presidency
- TPOLS 405 Advanced Campaigns and Elections
- TPOLS 410 Labor Rights and Human Rights
- TPOLS 426 World Politics
- TPOLS 440 American Foreign Policy in the Middle East
- TPOLS 450 Contemporary Theories of Culture
- TPOLS 453 Political Theory of Human Rights
- TPOLS 456 Community and Labor Organizing: A Multicultural Perspective
- TPOLS 460 Political Economy of the European Union
- TRELIG 350 Philosophy, Religion and the Environment
- TRELIG 467 Philosophy of Religion
How to declare
You can declare a minor by completing the Request to Declare/Change Major or Minor form and submitting it to the Office of the Registrar. You must have earned a minimum of 45 credits and declared a major before declaring a minor. If you have any questions about this process, please see your advisor.