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Undergraduate Minors


Minor in Political Science

Political Science minors must take a total of 24 hours, including political science 2310 and 2320, and either 3300 (formerly 1308) or 3301 (formally 1309). They also need at least one advanced course in four of the five groups of courses listed below, and one advanced political science elective.

I.Political Theory and Methodology

  • 3331, 3332, 3333, 3334, 3377, 4328, 4335

II. American Government

  • 3305, 3306, 3307, 3308, 3309, 3314, 3319, 3340, 3395, 4301, 4320, 4330, 4331, 4336, 4337, 4337a, 4337b, 4337c, 4345, 4362

III. Public Law and Public Administration

  • 3310, 3311, 3316, 3318, 3320, 3328, 4302, 4303, 4304, 4311, 4322, 4361

IV. Comparative Politics

  •  3325, 3335, 3337, 4313, 4314, 4327, 4338, 4339, 4340, 4341, 4349, 4349a, 4349c, 4349d, 4349e, 4349f, 4350,  4351, 4354

V. International Relations

  • 3322, 3336, 4315, 4326, 4327, 4356, 4357, 4358, 4359, 4367

Minor in Public Administration

The Department of Political Science requires 24 semester hours from the following list to obtain an undergraduate minor in Public Administration.

4 Required Courses (12 semester hours)

  • POSI 2310- Principles of American Government
  • POSI 2320- Functions of American Government
  • POSI 3316- Introduction to Public Administration
  • POSI 3377- Analytical Techniques

4 Selected Courses (12 semester hours)

  • POSI 3310- Constitutional Law: Basic Structures and Principles
  • POSI 3311- Con. Law: Individual Liberties
  • POSI 3314- State and Local Government OR POSI 3319- Metropolitan Politics
  • POSI 3318- Public Personnel Administration
  • POSI 3320- Comparative Public Administration
  • POSI 3328- Public Finance Administration
  • POSI 4322- Public Policy Formulation
  • POSI 4357- International Organization
  • POSI 4361- Administrative Law
  • POSI 4362- Government and American Business
  • POSI 4381- Internship in Public Administration

Minor in Political Communication

A minor in Political Communication consists of 24 appropriate credits (12 credits from the Department of Communication Studies and 12 credits from the Department of Political Science).

The 12 hours from the Department of Political Science should be taken from the following course groups:

3 hours from:

  • POSI 3331-- American Political Thought
  • POSI 3332-- Ancient and Medieval Political Thought
  • POSI 3333-- Modern Political Theory (1600-1900)
  • POSI 3334-- Contemporary Political Theory 

3 hours from:

  • POSI 3305-- The American Founding
  • POSI 3306-- Religion and American Public Life
  • POSI 3307-- Parties and Party Politics
  • POSI 3310-- Constitutional Law: Basic Structures and Principles
  • POSI 3311-- Constitutional Law: Individual Liberties
  • POSI 3314-- State and Local Government
  • POSI 4301-- Politics in Film
  • POSI 4302-- Legal Theories and Research
  • POSI 4322-- Public Policy Formulation
  • POSI 4331-- Minority Politics
  • POSI 4336--Campaigns and Elections
  • POSI 4345-- American Foreign Policy

3 hours from:

  • POSI 3308-- Congress and the Legislative Process
  • POSI 3309-- The American Presidency
  • POSI 4311-- The Supreme Court and the Judicial Process

3 hours from:

  • POSI 4313-- Islamic Law and Politics
  • POSI 4314-- Revolution and Nationalism
  • POSI 4315-- The Arab-Israeli Conflict
  • POSI 4326-- Issues in World Politics
  • POSI 4327-- Theories of International Politics
  • POSI 4338-- Government and Politics of Latin America
  • POSI 4340-- Government and Politics of Western Europe
  • POSI 4341-- Government and Politics of Russia
  • POSI 4349a- Spanish Democracy in Comparative Context
  • POSI 4349c- Liberty and Property: A Comparison of Australia and the United States
  • POSI 4349d- Organization of American States
  • POSI 4349e- Politics of Mexico
  • POSI 4349f- Politics of Democratization in Developing Countries
  • POSI 4350-- Government and Politics of Asia
  • POSI 4351-- African Politics
  • POSI 4357-- International Organization
  • POSI 4358-- United States-Latin American Relations
  • POSI 4359-- Politics of International Economic Relations

All students minoring in Political Communication are required to take COMM 4345- Political Communication. The remaining nine hours must be selected from the list below:

  • COMM 2338-- Public Speaking
  • COMM 3302-- Rhetorical Research Methods
  • COMM 3345-- Argument and Debate
  • COMM 4307-- Media Criticism
  • COMM 4321--American Speeches
  • COMM 4322-- Rhetoric of Protest Movements
  • COMM 4324-- Organizational Rhetoric
  • COMM 4331-- Persuasion
  • COMM 4338-- Advanced Public Speaking

If a student elects to major in either communication studies or political science, no COMM or POSI course may count both for a major and a minor in political communication.


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