The minor in political science is designed to help students gain an understanding of theory, practice and policy underlying political processes locally, nationally and internationally and to train students with the research skills necessary for the analysis of complex sociopolitical issues.
The minor program in political science, offered by the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, is designed to help students gain an understanding of theory, practice and policy underlying local, national and international political processes and to train students with the research skills necessary for the analysis of complex sociopolitical issues locally and globally.
The program strives to meet these goals by offering students learner-centered coursework in political theory, American political institutions, and international relations and world affairs. These goals are accomplished by offering a flexible program of coursework focusing on international urban, race or ethnic sociopolitical areas, internships and service-learning or action research opportunities. Under the direction of faculty, students focus on intellectual and concrete policy issues in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area, Arizona, the Arizona-Mexico borderlands, the Americas and the world.
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All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:
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The minor in political science consists of 18 credit hours in POS courses, 12 of which must be in upper-division courses.
Select two from among the following:
POS 110 Government and Politics, SB (3) or POS 310 American National Government, SB (3)
POS 150 Comparative Government, SB, G (3)
POS 160 Global Politics, SB, G (3)
POS 210 Political Ideologies, SB (3)
POS upper-division electives (12)*
*A maximum of three credit hours of internship and three credit hours of individualized instruction may be used to fulfill requirements.
Depending upon a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this minor.
GPA Requirement: None
Incompatible Majors: BA or BS in political science
Other Enrollment Requirements: None
Current ASU undergraduate students may pursue a minor and have it recognized on their ASU transcript at graduation. Students interested in pursuing a minor should consult their academic advisor to declare the minor and to ensure that an appropriate set of courses is taken. Minor requirements appear on the degree audit once the minor is added. Certain major and minor combinations may be deemed inappropriate by the college or department of either the major program or the minor. Courses taken for the minor may not count toward both the major and the minor. Students should contact their academic advisor for more information.