Minor Options

Minor Options and Requirements

About a Minor in Political Science

Students in a variety of majors -- from natural sciences and forestry to public health, social work, business, journalism, and the humanities -- minor in political science to increase their understanding of policy options, debates, and processes in their areas of expertise.

To earn a minor in Political Science, the student must complete a minimum of 21 credits of political science, including 210S (PSC 100S), 220S (PSC 120S), 230X (PSC 130E), 250E (PSC 150E); and three additional 300-400-level courses in three of the five major fields of political science (American Government, Comparative Government, International Relations, Political Theory, and Public Administration & Public Policy). Nine of the 21 credits must be in 300-400-level courses.

Related Minors

Minoring in another subject is a good way to explore an area of interest and develop expertise for your career.  

Minors related to careers in politics, public policy, and public administration in both the US and abroad include:  Communication Studies, Economics, Environmental Studies, Global Public Health, History, International Development Studies, Nonprofit Administration, and Women’s Studies. 

In addition, students in the International Relations and Comparative Politics option are encouraged to minor in one of UM’s many languages, such as Arabic, Chinese, French, German, or Russian.  UM also offers excellent area studies programs such as East Asian Studies, Central and Southwest Asian Studies, and Latin American Studies.  

Many of of these minors include courses in political science.