Requirements for PSCI Minors

Minors and Joint Minors

Students may minor in Political Science, International Development, American Public Policy, or European Studies.

The Political Science Minor

A minor in the discipline consists of six political science courses. All six courses must be rostered in the political science department; no "major-related" courses are accepted. One of these must be an “introductory” course, chosen from among: PSCI- 110, 130, 150, 180 or 181. No more than two courses may be transfer credits. All six courses must be graded. Students majoring in programs of which Political Science is an integral component (i.e., International Relations; Philosophy, Politics & Economics) may not double count more than three courses toward the Political Science minor. A minor should be declared by informing the College Advisor, and meeting with the Associate Director to set up a worksheet.

The International Development Minor

The International Development minor is intended for students who wish to complement their primary area of study with an interdisciplinary focus on complex social problems associated with international development. The minor is composed of six courses. All six courses must be graded. At least three must be in Political Science, and no more than three may be from another department, to be selected from the lists below:

  • PSCI (subject to revision): 110, 116, 135, 139, 152, 153, 210, 211, 213, 214, 215, 217, 219, 220, 224, 226, 258, 317, 358, 411, 413, 498-Globalization, 498-Civil Wars, 511, 532
  • Non-PSCI (subject to revision): ANTH 273; ECON 024, 261; ENVS 204; HIST 107, 130; HSOC 010; SAST 280, 281, 283, 285; SOCI 007, 011, 128, 134, 230-Korea, 235, 264, 280, 453; STSC 179, 217; URBS 405, 420, 457

Students may petition the Political Science undergraduate chair or the associate director of the undergraduate program to accept a course that is not in the pre-approved list. No more than 3 courses can count both toward a student’s major and the International Development minor. 

For more information on the International Development Minor, click here.

American Public Policy / Business & Public Policy (APP/BPP)

The Department also offers a joint minor in American Public Policy (APP) with the Business Economics and Public Policy (BEPP) Department of the Wharton School. A minor should be declared by informing the College Advisor, and meeting with the Associate Director to set up a worksheet. The minor is composed of six courses, all of which must be graded. Three courses are taken in Political Science and three in BEPP, to be selected from the lists below:

PSCI (subject to revision): 130 (mandatory), 131, 134, 135, 136, 137, 138, 139, 205, 231, 235, 236, 237, 238, 240, 241, 330, 332, 335, 430, 481.

BEPP (subject to revision): 201 (mandatory), 204, 206, 210, 212, 214, 230, 261, 262.

European Studies Minor

The Department also participates in an interdisciplinary minor in European Studies. Some of the core courses in the minor are in Political Science. Please visit the European Studies Minor website for additional information.

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