Minor in Political Science

Five Minors Available to Non-Political Science Majors:

  • New! National Security & Civil Liberty
  • American Politics & Policy
  • International Politics
  • Law & Politics
  • Political Science

Requirements

  • 15 credits of political science courses from approved lists.
  • Multiple political science minors permitted; double count one course appearing on multiple lists of approved courses for each political science minor.
  • For most majors, up to six-credits from another major may count towards political science minors, with approval of the political science chair.
  • For International Relations majors, up to nine credits of cross-listed POSC/IR courses may count towards political science minors, with approval of the political science chair.
  • For International Security Studies majors, up to six credits of cross-listed POSC/IR courses may count towards political science minors, with approval of the political science chair.
  • Good standing as a Duquesne student.

Minoring in political science is great preparation for law school, graduate schools in public policy or international affairs, and careers in business, teaching, government, homeland security, and more.

Declaring Your Minor in Political Science:

Log into DORI and complete the Major/Minor Declaration Form.
DORI > index> Liberal Arts> Resources for Undergraduate Students >Major/Minor Declaration Form.

Approved List of Courses for Minors


Political Science Minor (general): 15 credits
Any 15 political science credits; no more than 3 credits at the 100 level.

American Politics & Policy Minor

115: Big Questions of Politics
202: State and Local Politics
203: American Congress
215: National Security and Liberty
220: Politics of Public Finance
222: Intelligence and Foreign Policy
235: Mass Media and Politics
255: American Foreign Policy
276: Elections, Campaigns, and Voting
290: American Political Thought
292W: Public Policy
294W: American Presidency
302: Political Parties and Interest Groups
303: Politics of Immigration
314: Theological-Political Problem
317W: Western Political Thought I (if not taken as a required major course)
318W: Western Political Thought II (if not taken as a required major course)
326W: Constitutional Law and Politics: Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
327W: Constitutional Law and Politics: The Powers of Government
380W: Controversies in Public Policy
405: Homeland Security
406W: Social and Public Policy Analysis
409: Public Administration
418: Politics of Civic Problems
420: Contemporary Political Thought
422W: American Defense Policy
424: Women and Politics
430: Internship in Practical Politics I (by permission of chair)
431: Internship in Practical Politics II (by permission of chair)
448W: American Presidency and the Constitution
496: Special Topics: Health and Environmental Politics
496: Special Topics: Law and Morality

International Politics Minor
101: Catholic Thought, the State and Security in the Modern World
110: Current Problems in International Politics
120: International Political Economy
201: Human Security in Sub-Saharan Africa
205: Politics of Asia, Pakistan, Afghanistan and South Asia
208: Politics of Great Powers Politics (if not taken as required course)
209: Politics of Emerging Powers (if not taken as required course)
216: Foundations of IR Theory
255: American Foreign Policy
295: War & Peace in Nuclear Age
303: Politics of Immigration
315: German Foreign Policy
321: Politics of Russia and Eastern Europe
345W: Security Ethics
348: Humanitarian Intervention
375: Catholic Theory and International Relations
385: International Law/Organization
360: Crisis Management
407: Terrorism
408W: Democracy, Security and World Politics
413W: Human Rights: Politics and Policy
419W: Ethnic Conflict: Politics & Policy
422W: American Defense Policy
429W: Comparative Intelligence Agencies
430: Internship in Practical Politics I (by permission of chair)
431: Internship in Practical Politics II (by permission of chair)
442: Global Public Policy
445: Global Economic Development
497: Advanced IR Theory

Law & Politics Minor
203: The American Congress
215: National Security and Liberty
290: American Political Thought
292W: Public Policy
301: Introduction to Legal Education, the Life of Lawyers and the Legal Profession
308: Post Conflict Justice and Reconciliation
317W: Western Political Thought I (if not taken as a required major course)
318W: Western Political Thought II (if not taken as a required major course)
326W: Constitutional Law and Politics: Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
327W: Constitutional Law and Politics: The Powers of Government
345W: Security Ethics
380W: Controversies in Public Policy
385: International Law and Organization
409: Public Administration
413W: Human Rights: Politics and Policy
424: Women and Politics
430: Internship in Practical Politics I (by permission of chair)
431: Internship in Practical Politics II (by permission of chair)
448W: American Presidents and the Constitution
496: Special Topics: Law and Morality,

National Security & Civil Liberty Minor
Civil Liberties Cone (any nine credits)
215: National Security and Liberty
326W: Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties & Rights
327W: Constitutional Law: Powers of Government
385: International Law/Organization
413W: Human Rights and Human Security: Politics, Policy and Law

National Security Cone (any six credits)
110: Current Problems in International Politics
116: Current Challenges for Liberal Democracies
255: American Foreign Policy
345W: Security Ethics
405: Homeland Security
422W: American Defense Policy
429W: Comparative Intelligence Agencies
430: Internship in Practical Politics (by permission of chair)
431: Internship in Practical Politics II (by permission of chair)

Non-Political Science Courses Potentially Countable for All Minors

Up to 6 credits of relevant courses from any discipline may count towards any political science minor, with approval of the political science chair. For example, 6 credits of the courses below may count toward the Law & Politics minor. For other political science minors, other courses from other disciplines may also count. Check with the Political Science Chair to verify that courses count.

PHIL 106: Introduction to Logic (3 credits)
PHIL 260: Philosophy of Law (3 credits)
PHIL 108: Business Ethics (3 credits)
BLAW 251: Business Law (3 credits)
BLAW 351: Fundamentals of Logic (3 credits)
BLAW 353W: Contracts (3 credits)
BLAW 354: Commercial Transactions (3 credits)
BLAW 355W: Law of Business Organization (3 credits)
BLAW 357: Real Estate Law (3 credits)
BLAW 454: Law of International Commercial Transactions (3 credits)
BLAW 456: Legal Aspects of Human Resources (3 credits)
ACCT 414: Corporate/Partnership Tax (3 credits)
ECON 121C: Elements of Economics (3 credits)
ECON 425: Current Economic Issues (3 credits)
ECON 462: Industrial Organization (3 credits)
IBUS 341: International Business (3 credits)
SPMK 470: Legal Env. Sports Mgmt. Mktg. (3 credits)
FORE 101: Intro to Forensic Sci & Criminal Law (2 credits)
FORE 201: Philosophical Ethics of Law & Science (2 credits)
FORE 401: American Legal History (1 credit)
FORE 402: Torts (1 credit)
FORE 421: Environmental Law (1 credit)
HLTM 477: Legal Issues in Healthcare (2 credits)
PHBA 340W: Pharmacy Law & Ethics (2 credits)
PHBA 412W: Advanced Law & Ethics Applications (2 credits)
PHBA 425: Health Policy, Ethics and the Law (2 credits)
PHYT 421W: Principles of Practice III: Ethical, Moral and Legal Issues (1 credit)