A minor in politics will help you develop a solid understanding of political and social connections, the relations between states and international institutions, and the history of relationships between governments and citizens. This minor fits well with a major in environmental studies, history, communications, business, social work, or urban studies.
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.
Students with a Politics minor are better prepared for careers in government, law, planning, nonprofit management, community work, diplomacy, business, teaching, journalism and other fields, and better prepared for graduate study in these areas.
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.
Politics minor course requirements
The Politics minor requires 25 credits. Students may request up to ten (10) transfer 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 four)
- TPOLS 201 Introduction to Political Values and Ideas (5)
- TPOLS 202 Introduction to American Politics (5)
- TPOLS 203 Introduction to International Relations (5)
- TPOLS 204 Introduction to Comparative Politics (5)
Elective Courses: 15 credits
15 credits from upper-division courses (300 - 400 level).
- 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
- TLAW 424 The Politics and Law of International Human Rights (formerly TPOLS 368)
- TPHIL 355 The Modern Mind
- 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 364 Topics in the Philosophy of Science
- TPHIL 414 Philosophy of Law
- TPHIL 451 The Enlightenment
- TPHIL 456 Environmental Ethics
- TPHIL 466 Philosophy of the Future
- TPOLS 300 Mass Media and US Politics
- TPOLS 305 Campaigns and Elections
- TPOLS 310 Modern European Political Theory
- TPOLS 312 19th Century Revolutions and Revolutionaries
- TPOLS 317 The Politics of Race and Ethnicity in the United States
- TPOLS 319 Theories of Political Violence (formerly TPOLS 420)
- TPOLS 321 American Foreign Policy
- TPOLS 340 Middle East Politics
- TPOLS 343 Community and Labor Organizing: A Multicultural Perspective (formerly TPOLS 456)
- TPOLS 350 Politics and Film in the Middle East
- TPOLS 353 United States Congress
- TPOLS 371 The Politics of Security
- TPOLS 382 State Government
- TPOLS 400 The American Presidency
- TPOLS 405 Advanced Campaigns and Elections
- TPOLS 410 Labor Rights and Human Rights
- TPOLS 426 World Politics
- TPOLS 431 Conflicts and Cooperation in the Middle East
- TPOLS 440 American Foreign Policy in the Middle East
- TPOLS 450 Contemporary Theories of Culture
- TPOLS 453 Political Theory of Human Rights
- TPOLS 460 Political Economy of the European Union
- TRELIG 467 Philosophy of Religion
(*denotes courses restricted to Global Honors students)
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