The politics minor allows 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.
Note: This minor is not open to students in the Politics, Philosophy and Economics major in IAS.
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.
All courses in the minor must be completed with a cumulative 2.0 GPA.
The Politics minor requires 25 credits to include the following:
10 credits of core courses:
- 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)
15 credits of upper-division courses (300 - 400 level).
- See Politics minor web page for list of approved electives.