Politics minor

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Note: Students majoring in PPE or Law and Policy cannot minor in Politics.

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)

Elective Courses: 15 credits

15 credits from upper-division courses (300 - 400 level).

(*denotes courses restricted to Global Honors students)

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