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Political Science Department

Minor - Political Science

Students majoring in a wide variety of fields find a minor in political science interesting and useful, providing knowledge and skills that enhance their careers, improve their citizenship and cultivate their minds. The minor appeals especially to students in the other social sciences or in business, journalism or administration of justice, although many others also use the minor to broaden their education. Political Science department advisors help students customize their programs to support their special interests. A minimum of six units must be completed in residence to satisfy the requirements for a political science minor. The minimum requirements are:

University Graduation Requirements

To be awarded a minor, at least 12 units of coursework must be completely distinct and separate from the coursework in the major (University Policy S16-4).


Course Requirements

Requirements of the Minor18
Lower Division Courses6
Complete one course from:
POLS 001. American Government3
POLS 015B. Essentials of U.S. & California Government D3+US233
Complete one course from:
POLS 002. Introduction to Comparative PoliticsD23
POLS 003. Introduction to Political ThoughtC23
POLS 004. Introduction to International RelationsD33
Upper Division Electives12
Twelve additional upper division units from POLS 102-199.

Total Units:18