Political Science Minor

Minor - Political Science

College of Humanities & Sciences

Degree Specific Credits: 21

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Catalog Year: 2019-2020

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 Government3
PSCI 230XIntro to International Relations3
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
NPAD 466
Nonprofit Adm & Pub Svc
NPAD 467
Advanced Nonprofit Admin
PSCI 335
American Foreign Policy
PSCI 344
State and Local Government
PSCI 349
Montana Government and Politics
PSCI 360
Exp Offering: Public Admin
PSCI 361
Public Administration
PSCI 365
Pub Policy Issues and Analysis
PSCI 448
Health Care Policy
PSCI 460
Exp Offering: Public Admin
PSCI 461
Administrative Law
PSCI 462
Human Resource Management
PSCI 463
Development Administration
PSCI 468
PSCI 469
Ethics and Public Policy
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Political Theory

Complete 3 credits from the following courses:3
PSCI 350
Exp Offering: Political Theory
PSCI 352
American Political Thought
PSCI 354
Contemp Issues in Pol Theory
PSCI 357
Ancient & Medieval Pol Phil
PSCI 450
Exp Offering: Political Theory
PSCI 452
Utopianism and its Critics
PSCI 453
Modern Political Theory
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Comparative Government

Complete 3 credits from the following courses:3
PSCI 311
Rev & Reform Modern China
PSCI 320
Exp Offering: Comp Politics
PSCI 322
Politics of Europe
PSCI 324
Climate Policies: China & U.S.
PSCI 325
Politics of Latin America
PSCI 326
Politics of Africa
PSCI 327
Politics of Mexico
PSCI 328
Politics of China
PSCI 381
State Formation
PSCI 420
Exp Offering: Comp Politics
PSCI 443
Politics of Social Movements
PSCI 456
Chinese Polit & Soc Thought
PSCI 481
Origins of Democracy and Authoritarianism
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

International Relations

Complete 3 credits from the following courses:3
PSCI 330
Exp Offering: Intrnt Relations
PSCI 332
Global Environmental Pol.
PSCI 334
International Security
PSCI 335
American Foreign Policy
PSCI 336
European Union
PSCI 337
Model United Nations
PSCI 430
Exp Offering: Intrnt Relations
PSCI 431
Politics of Global Migration
PSCI 433
International Law & Org
PSCI 463
Development Administration
PSCI 482
Politics of the World Economy
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

American Politics

Complete 3 credits from the following courses:3
PSCI 335
American Foreign Policy
PSCI 340
Exp Offering: American Govt
PSCI 341
Political Parties and Election
PSCI 342
Media, Public Opinion, Polling
PSCI 344
State and Local Government
PSCI 345
American Political System
PSCI 348
US Multicultural Politics
PSCI 349
Montana Government and Politics
PSCI 352
American Political Thought
PSCI 365
Pub Policy Issues and Analysis
PSCI 370
Courts and Judicial Politics
PSCI 440
Exp Offering: American Govt
PSCI 443
Politics of Social Movements
PSCI 444
Am Political Participation
PSCI 445
Political Psychology
PSCI 448
Health Care Policy
PSCI 468
PSCI 471
American Constitutional Law
PSCI 474
Civil Rights
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.