Political Science Minor

Minor - Political Science

College of Humanities & Sciences

Degree Specific Credits: 21

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Catalog Year: 2018-2019

Note: Nine of the 21 required credits must be in 300-400-level courses.

Lower-Division Required Courses12
Required Upper-Division Field Courses9
Public Administration and Public Policy
Political Theory
Comparative Government
International Relations
American Politics
Teaching Government Track
Total Hours21

Lower-Division Required Courses

Complete all of the following courses:
PSCI 210SIntro to American Government3
PSCI 220SIntro to Comparative Govt3
PSCI 230XIntro to International Rel3
PSCI 250EIntro to Political Theory3
Total Hours12

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Required Upper Division Field Courses

Rule: Must complete 1 course in 3 of the 5 following categories. 9 total credits required.

Public Administration and Public Policy

Complete 3 credits from the following courses:3
State and Local Government
Exp Offering: Public Admin
Public Administration
Pub Policy Issues and Analysis
Health Care Policy
Administrative Law
Human Resource Management
Development Administration
Nonprofit Adm & Pub Svc
Adv Nonprofit Adm
Public Policy Cycle and the Climate
Ethics and Public Policy
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Political Theory

Complete 3 credits from the following courses:3
Exp Offering: Political Theory
American Political Thought
Contemp Issues in Pol Theory
Exp Offering: Political Theory
Utopianism and its Critics
Modern Political Theory
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Comparative Government

Complete 3 credits from the following courses:3
Rev & Reform Modern China
Exp Offering: Comp Politics
Politics of Europe
Climate Policies: China & U.S.
Politics of Latin America
Politics of Africa
Politics of Mexico
Politics of China
State Formation
Exp Offering: Comp Politics
Politics of Social Movements
Chinese Polit & Soc Thought
Origins of Democracy and Authoritarianism
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

International Relations

Complete 3 credits from the following courses:3
Exp Offering: Intrnt Relations
Global Environmental Pol.
International Security
American Foreign Policy
European Union
Model United Nations
Exp Offering: Intrnt Relations
Politics of Global Migration
International Law & Org
Development Administration
Politics of the World Economy
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

American Politics

Complete 3 credits from the following courses:3
Exp Offering: American Govt
Political Parties and Election
Media, Public Opinion, Polling
State and Local Government
American Political System
US Multicultural Politics
American Political Thought
Pub Policy Issues and Analysis
Courts and Judicial Politics
Exp Offering: American Govt
Politics of Social Movements
Am Political Participation
Political Psychology
Public Policy Cycle and the Climate
American Constitutional Law
Civil Rights Seminar
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Teaching Government Track

Notes:

  • This teaching track contains different/additional course requirements designed to meet state standards. Those interested in teaching in K-12 schools must complete the teaching track of a major in a teaching content area plus the Teacher Education Program through the Department of Teaching and Learning. Additional teaching areas can be added through completion of the teaching track of a major or minor in that content area.
  • To complete this teaching track, you need to contact the Teaching and Learning Department. You do not fill out a major/minor form for graduation or the major/minor/concentration section of the major change form. Approvals for this track must come from the Teaching and  Learning Department.  
  • Tracks will not appear on your UM transcript, diploma, university lists, student data system, or university publications. They are used for advising purposes only. You do not fill out a major change for a track.
  • Individuals completing the teaching track of this minor must also complete the teaching track of a major in another teaching content area.

Teaching Government Track Requirement

Note: The EDU 497 course number is used for multiple courses. Students should register for EDU 497 Methods: 5-12 Social Studies.

Complete the following course:
EDU 497Teaching and Assessing4
Total Hours4

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Secondary Teaching Licensure

Note: For endorsement to teach ­­­­­government, a student also must gain admission to the Teacher Education Program and meet all the requirements for secondary teaching licensure. For more information, see the Teaching and Learning Department