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Degree Requirements: Minor in World Political Systems

Are you interested in politics in other parts of the world, in critical issues such as what brings about democratic and authoritarian forms of political rule, or the sources of conflict or violence?  How do markets and politics interact in different states?  What are human rights norms in societies across the globe?  If you are, you should take courses in the political science minor in world political systems.

The Political Science Minor in World Political Systems provides you with the skills and substantive knowledge to understand the theory and practice of government in countries in all corners of the world.  Through our courses, you will learn about diverse political institutions and processes and develop the capacity to think critically about issues of governance in different regions of the world, to consider global public policy issues such as the environment management or conflict resolution, and to evaluate policies pursued by different nations.

Students must complete 18 credit hours in Political Science with at least 9 credit hours at the 300–400 level, including six courses: three courses from Block A—International and Comparative Politics, and at least one course from Block B—Political Theory and Policy. In fulfilling these requirements, students must also meet all other College requirements for minors.

Course Lists

Block A Courses—International and Comparative Politics

  • POLS-Y 107 Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • POLS-Y 109 Introduction to International Relations
  • POLS-Y 332 Russian Politics
  • POLS-Y 333 Chinese Politics
  • POLS-Y 334 Japanese Politics
  • POLS-Y 335 Western European Politics
  • POLS-Y 336 South East Asian Political Systems
  • POLS-Y 337 Latin American Politics
  • POLS-Y 338 African Politics
  • POLS-Y 339 Middle Eastern Politics
  • POLS-Y 340 East European Politics
  • POLS-Y 342 Topics on the Regional Politics of Africa
  • POLS-Y 343 The Politics of International Development
  • POLS-Y 345 Comparative Revolutions
  • POLS-Y 346 Politics in the Developing World
  • POLS-Y 347 German Politics
  • POLS-Y 348 The Politics of Genocide
  • POLS-Y 350 Politics of the European Union
  • POLS-Y 351 Political Simulations
  • POLS-Y 352 The Holocaust and Politics
  • POLS-Y 353 The Politics of Gender and Sexuality
  • POLS-Y 356 South Asian Politics
  • POLS-Y 360 United States Foreign Policy
  • POLS-Y 361 Contemporary Theories of International Politics
  • POLS-Y 362 International Politics of Selected Regions
  • POLS-Y 363 Comparative Foreign Policy
  • POLS-Y 364 International Organization: Political and Security Aspects
  • POLS-Y 366 Current Foreign Policy Problems
  • POLS-Y 367 International Law
  • POLS-Y 368 Russian and Soviet Foreign Policy
  • POLS-Y 372 The Analysis of International Politics
  • POLS-Y 374 International Organization
  • POLS-Y 375 War and International Conflict
  • POLS-Y 376 International Political Economy
  • POLS-Y 399 Politics of the United Nations

Block B Courses—Political Theory and Policy

  • POLS-Y 211 Introduction to Law
  • POLS-Y 212 Making Democracy Work
  • POLS-Y 243 Governance and Corruption across the World
  • POLS-Y 249 Religion, Politics, and Public Policy
  • POLS-Y 281 Modern Political Ideologies
  • POLS-Y 349 Comparative Public Policy
  • POLS-Y 382 Modern Political Thought
  • POLS-Y 383 Foundations of American Political Thought
  • POLS-Y 384 Developments in American Political Thought