Political Science (Minor)

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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 helps students gain an understanding of theory, practice and policy underlying local, national and international political processes and trains students in the research skills necessary for the analysis of complex local and global sociopolitical issues.

Students engage in a flexible program of learner-centered coursework in political theory, American political institutions, and international relations and world affairs. The curriculum focuses on international urban, race or ethnic sociopolitical areas and 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.

The degree is offered by the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

At A Glance

Political Science (Minor)

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All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:

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Program requirements

The minor in political science consists of 18 credit hours, requiring a minimum of 12 upper-division credit hours. A minimum of six upper-division credit hours must be completed through courses offered by the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences. All courses used to satisfy requirements for the minor must be passed with a "C" (2.00) or better.
Required Courses (choose two courses) -- 6 credit hours
Research Methods (choose one course) -- 3 credit hours
Upper-Division Interdisciplinary Track -- 9 credit hours
Choose one course from each of three upper-division Interdisciplinary Tracks.
Upper-Division Social Justice and Inequality Interdisciplinary Track -- 3 credit hours
Upper-Division Law, Citizenship, Borders Interdisciplinary Track -- 3 credit hours
Upper-Division Identity and Place Interdisciplinary Track -- 3 credit hours
Credit is only granted for POS 110 or POS 310. Credit is only granted for POS 160 or POS 360.
Depending on a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this minor.

Degree requirements

The minor in political science consists of 18 credit hours in POS courses, 12 of which must be in upper-division courses.

Required 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.

Enrollment requirements

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.

Career outlook

The program serves as a good precursor to staff, manager or policy analyst positions in local, state and federal government. This degree is recognized as qualification for many careers in business (for-profit and nonprofit) and industry. Work may include binational, cross-border positions linking U.S. and Mexican businesses, Arizona-Sonora local government or local community groups on both sides of the border.

Many use the degree as a gateway to law school or as basis for graduate work in professional schools or in applied fields such as:

  • community development
  • political science
  • public administration
  • public policy
  • social science disciplines
  • urban affairs and urban and regional planning

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