Political Science Minor


The 18-credit-hour minor in Political Science provides students with a flexible program that will allow a broad understanding of the various aspects of the discipline. The program will provide the basic foundation in the introductory class followed by a sampling of the subfields. The minimum of three upper-division courses will provide the student with a more in-depth understanding of at least two subfields in which the student has the greatest interests.

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    Requirements for the Political Science Minor (18 credits)

    The Political Science minor requires 18 credits (six courses). One of these six courses—POL 1000—is required. A minimum of three of the remaining five courses must be at the upper-division (i.e., 3000 or 4000) level. Of the five elective courses, one must be chosen from each of the subfields plus one additional elective from any of the subfields.

    Required Course

    • POL 1000 Introduction to Political Science (3 credits)


    Select one class from each of the subfields below plus one additional class from any of these subfields. No more than two courses from any single subfield may be selected. Three of the courses from the subfields must be at the 3000 or 4000 level.

    American Politics

    • POL 2050 Political Fiction (3 credits)
    • POL 2100 American Politics (3 credits)
    • POL 3100 Women and Politics (3 credits)
    • POL 3390 Issues in Public Policy (3 credits)
    • POL 3420 American Constitution and Public Law (3 credits)
    • POL 3460 Civil Liberties and Equality (3 credits)
    • POL 3860 Politics and the Media (3 credits)

    International and Comparative Politics

    • POL 2510 International Relations (3 credits)
    • POL 2600 Introduction to Comparative Politics (3 credits)
    • POL 4630 Third World Politics (3 credits)
    • POL 4670 Politics in Africa (3 credits)

    Political Theory

    • POL 3400 American Political Thought (3 credits)
    • POL 3800 Elements of Political Thought (3 credits)

    Judicial Politics

    • POL 2010 Introduction to Law and the Judiciary (3 credits)
    • POL 2020 Criminal Law and Procedure (3 credits)
    • POL 2030 Topics in Legal Issues (3 credits)
    • POL 2800 Legal Research (3 credits)
    • POL 3420 American Constitution and Public Law (3 credits)
    • POL 3460 Civil Liberties and Equality (3 credits)

Program Contact Information

Genevieve E. Meyers, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Political Science
Department Chair
Department of Political Science
Director of the Pre-Law Program
Briggs Building, Room 238
McNichols Campus

Email: meyersge@udmercy.edu
Telephone: 313-993-1089
Fax: 313-993-1166