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Political Science

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Political Science

Chair Thomas Keck
100 Eggers Hall

Political science is the study of politics, government, and their relationship with other aspects of society. Courses in political science enable students to use political theory and empirical analyses to make sense of their world, to interpret political phenomena in the United States and in other areas of the world, and to understand world politics. Skills in research, analysis, and critical thinking that political science students acquire help to prepare them for careers in politics and government, journalism and communication, and business, as well as post-graduate study.

Note: Students are required to fulfill the requirements for the B.A. or minor in political science as stipulated in the course catalog for the academic year in which they declare their political science major or minor. Graduation with a B.A. or a minor in political science requires a 2.0 average in the upper-division coursework applied toward the major or minor.


The minor in political science requires 18 credits of coursework. Students are required to take one of the following courses at the 100 level: PSC 121 or PSC 129, PSC 122, PSC 123, PSC 124 or PSC 139, or PSC 125. Of the remaining 15 credits, 12 are taken in courses numbered 300 or above. The remaining 3 credits may be taken at either the 100 level or in a course numbered 300 or above. PSC minors must take at least one course from the approved list of courses with international content (approved courses are designated with an asterisk [*], see list below).


The courses regularly offered by the department for application toward the minor are listed below. Courses taken abroad may also count with the approval of the undergraduate advisor.