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A minor in political science consists of 18 credits, including:

Course Title Hours
POLI 103U.S. Government and Politics3
POLI/INTL 105International Relations3
Select a minimum of four upper-level (300- to 400-level) courses from the following concentration areas of political science. Students may take only one course from each area.12
Civil rights
Comparative politics
Human security
International relations
Political theory and methodology
Public policy and administration
U.S. government
Total Hours18

See a political science adviser for a list of courses in each area. POLI 492POLI 493 and POLI 494 cannot be used to fulfill the 12 upper-level credits. Approved courses for each subfield correspond to the concentration elective list presented within the political science major requirements.