Political Science Minors

Political Science Minor Introduction

Students interested in a minor in Political Science have two options: a Minor in Political Science OR a Minor in Public Management. If you are interested in one of these minors, please contact the Department of Political Science and/or the Chair of the Department.

Minor in Political Science (18 semester hours)

Students may minor in general political science or in one of the subfields such as international relations. Students take PSC 100 OR PSC 101 plus five courses in a concentrated area, or (at least two) areas under departmental advisement.

Selected Courses (15 hours):

Five (5) courses from three or more subfields:

  1. International Relations: 213, 310, 311, 312, 317, 318, 319, 320, 330
  2. Political Behavior: 301, 322, 323, 324, 325, 329, 353, 358
  3. Political Theory: 230, 338, 339
  4. Comparative Politics: 240, 340, 341, 342, 343, 346, 348, 349
  5. American Government: 350, 351, 352, 354, 355, 356, 359
  6. Public Administration: 202, 304, 363, 369, 371, 372, 373, 375
  7. Foundations of Political Science: 200, 357, 399

Internship credits in Political Science or Public Management may not be used as credits toward the Political Science Minor.

Total: (18 Credit Hours)

ADVISING AND IMPLEMENTATION:

Students with minors should meet with the Department advising coordinator or other advisors from within the Department regarding course selection.

The Department retains control of admissions to its minor programs and may drop students if the 2.00 GPA is not attained in the minor.

This minor may be taken as one of the minors in the Bachelor of Sciences (B.S.) Liberal Studies - Professional Studies or the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Liberal Studies - Arts and Science program.

Law, Politics, and Society Minor

Minor in Law, Politics, and Society

Required courses (6 credit hours):

BLA 201 - Legal Environment of Business
PSC 250 - The Politics of the Judicial Process

One of the following two courses (3 credit hours):

PSC 350 - Constitutional Law I
PSC 352 - Constitutional Law II

Elective Courses (12 credits), select four (4) of the following:

BLA 302 - Business and Commercial Law
CRJ 300 - Criminal Law
CRJ 304 - Introduction to Comparative Justice Systems
CRJ 400 - Criminal Procedure
CRJ 472 - Justice Studies
CRJ 482 - Contemporary Legal Issues
PHI 190 - Logic
PHI 421 - Philosophy of Law
PSC 329 - Courts, Law and Policy
PSC 350 - Constitutional Law I (if not taken above)
PSC 352 - Constitutional Law II (if not taken above)
Total: 21 credit hours for completion

Advising

Students with minors should meet with the department advisors regarding course selection. The department retains control of admissions to its minor programs and may drop students if the 2.0 GPA is not attained in the minor

Note: Other relevant courses may be allowed by the program director where appropriate.

Global Studies Minor

Global Studies focuses on globally shared issues and on the enrichment and expansion of international education among students. The minor provides students with the opportunity to study international affairs from a variety of disciplinary perspectives and provides a vehicle or pathway for students to engage in the study of global issues, become global citizens, and further develop their understanding of the global system. More directly, the minor prepares students to engage in and solve the problems confronting a global society. 

Read more about the Global Studies Minor

Related Minors for Political Science Majors

Students in Political Science should consider supplementing and complementing their degree program with a related minor.  Related minors are important components of your undergraduate studies as they can provide you with the additional set of skills and knowledge that can boost your career opportunities or ability to be accepted into a top-level graduate programs.  For these Related Minors, consult directly the appropriate contact person, advisor, and program.

Here is a list of Minors that PSC majors often take.

WCU Minors Complementing Political Science Tracks:

Political Science General Track:

  • Anthropology/Sociology
  • Communications
  • Criminal Justice
  • History
  • Journalism
  • Philosophy
  • Women's and Gender Studies
  • Look at the list in the Catalog for more!

International Relations Track:

  • Any language (since you already have to complete 4 courses in one)
  • Economics and Finance
  • Ethnic Studies
  • History
  • International Business
  • Latin American Studies
  • Peace and Conflict Studies
  • Russian Studies
  • Any other area you are interested in!

Applied/Public Policy Track:

  • Accounting
  • Economics and Finance
  • Geography and Planning
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Any other area you are interested in!

Social Studies Teacher Certification Track:

  • Any language (especially Spanish)
  • History
  • Geography
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Latin American Studies
  • Russian Studies
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