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Program Overview

Enhance your social sciences degree by earning a Minor in Political Science. The political science courses cover topics such as Politics of Social Movements, Political Theory, Comparative Politics, Public Policy, Dynamics of World Politics, and more.

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Program Requirements

Preparation for the Minor

  • 2 courses; 9 quarter units

Course Name

PrerequisiteENG 102

A broad overview of the field of political science including main issues and central questions studies by political scientists and methods used to gain knowledge about politics. A survey course designed to acquaint the student with selective concepts, theories, and of political process.

PrerequisiteENG 102

A critical introduction to the structure of American government. Topics include classical and modern democratic theories, constitutionalism and federalism; the political process, including the mass media, voting behavior and political parties and interest groups; the institutions of government; the courts, civil liberties and civil rights; and public policy. (Includes study of the Constitution)

*May be used to meet General Education requirements.

Requirements for the Minor

  • 6 courses; 27.0 quarter units

Choose six courses from the following:

Course Name

PrerequisiteENG 102

Introduction to social movements and collective action, covering several theoretical perspectives on how to understand and analyze social movements in recent global history, from their origins to their demise; a global survey of the processes of social and political awareness, mobilization, and development of such movements.

PrerequisiteENG 102

Survey of political theory and major figures in the history of political philosophical thought. Questions concerning the role of government and the relationship between government and individuals are explored.

PrerequisiteENG 102

A study of selected foreign states from among industrial, developing, and under developing states, and their development, organization, administration, and politics; introduces students to analytical methods used to compare political systems and governments; explores several issues, including democratization, economic development, political culture and political change.

PrerequisiteENG 102

A survey of the nature of the international system and the theoretical framework used by political scientists to examine it; in particular, this course focuses on the decision-making process within the international arena. International negotiation and decision-making are utilized.

PrerequisiteENG 102

An introduction to the public policy process in the United States, theory and practice of process of formulating public policy, why some problems reach the public agenda and why others are rejected, examination of policy making at the national, state and local level, and public policy in foreign political systems.

PrerequisiteENG 102

This course provides an introduction to European politics, with emphasis on political institutions and politics of Western and Eastern European states, as well as the institutions and policies of the European Union (EU).

PrerequisiteENG 102

Historical examination of the Middle East region, focusing on the key social forces and the sources of conflict; exploration of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in-depth and the peace process; exploration of the U.S. involvement in Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East.

An examination of international relations and politics, the factors underlying international crises from different theoretical perspectives and the future of the global community. Explores the historical and intellectual antecedents of contemporary world events.

PrerequisiteENG 102; SOC 100

Research design and methods including survey, network, experiment, qualitative, quantitative, and collection, organization and interpretation of research data.

PrerequisiteENG 102

A critical examination of theories of power, including the relationship of power to culture, social class, the economic order, government, ideology, poverty, race, sex and other topics. Studies community, national and international power structures and institutional leaderships.

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