Minor in Political Science

Political science explores the concerns and issues that animate public life. Using both humanistic and scientific approaches, it studies how political communities attempt to reconcile the claims of justice, power, liberty, and authority. Drawing on history, law, economics, psychology, sociology, and philosophy, political science is a broadly based social science that shares the traditional aims of liberal arts education while attempting to come to grips with the major public issues of our time.

Our students focus on the study of politics while advancing their skills in writing, analytical thinking, and quantitative reasoning.


A total of six 4-credit courses with a grade of C or higher is required:

  • Two from among political science core courses CAS PO 111, 141, 151, 171, and 191
  • Four political science courses numbered CAS PO 200–599