Political Science Minor

Also available via Ecampus.

The Political Science Program offers students the ability to augment their primary major by adding a minor in political science. Because politics and policy are relevant to all disciplines, understanding how your discipline interacts with political systems and policymaking can enhance any program of study and strengthen students’ graduate school applications and resumes for future employment.

The structure of the Political Science minor mirrors that of the major. In both, there is a “general” program of study that provides a wide array of choices among courses, as well as three “tracks” that afford students the opportunity for specialization. All students in the minor must complete at least seven courses (28 credits), of which at least 3 courses (12 credits) must be taken at Oregon State University. Students must maintain a 2.0 GPA in their OSU courses. In addition, no more than four (4) credits from PS 401 RESEARCH AND SCHOLARSHIPPS 410 POLITICAL SCIENCE INTERNSHIP may count toward the minor. No more than eight credits may be from courses taken S/U.

General Minor
Select two of the following introductory level courses:8
*INTRODUCTION TO UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS
*INTRODUCTION TO COMPARATIVE POLITICS
*INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
*INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL THOUGHT
Select 5 upper-division 300/400 level courses in politcal science20
Total Hours28

Minor Tracks

Students can select one of three concentrations in the minor: Law and Politics; International Affairs; or Environmental and Energy Politics. These tracks correspond to the options within the Political Science major.

To complete any of these tracks within the minor, students must take the two introductory courses for the track, and at least four courses from the list of upper-division courses in the track. One of these may be a non-political science course on the list. The fifth upper-division course may be a political science course on the list, or may be an upper-division PS course not on the list.

Law and Politics Track

Introductory Courses
PS 201*INTRODUCTION TO UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS4
PS 206*INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL THOUGHT4
Upper-Division Political Science Courses
Select four courses of the following:16
CONGRESSIONAL POLITICS
PRESIDENTIAL POLITICS
CONSTITUTIONAL LAW: GOVERNMENT POWERS AND CONSTRAINTS
*CONSTITUTIONAL LAW: CIVIL RIGHTS AND LIBERTIES
CONSTITUTIONAL LAW: RIGHTS OF THE ACCUSED
*GENDER AND THE LAW
JUDICIAL PROCESS AND POLITICS
*STATE AND LOCAL POLITICS
CLASSICAL POLITICAL THOUGHT
MODERN POLITICAL THOUGHT
*GENDER AND RACE IN AMERICAN POLITICAL THOUGHT
AMERICAN POLITICAL THOUGHT
*SCIENCE, RELIGION, AND POLITICS
PUBLIC POLICY PROBLEMS
PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
*THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT AND POLICIES
INTERNATIONAL LAW AND ORGANIZATIONS
THEORIES OF LAW
Upper-Division Non-Political Science Courses
LAW, ECONOMICS, AND REGULATION
DEVIANT BEHAVIOR AND SOCIAL CONTROL
US IMMIGRATION ISSUES IN THE 21ST CENTURY
JUVENILE DELINQUENCY
CRIMINOLOGY AND PENOLOGY
SOCIOLOGY OF DRUG USE AND ABUSE
LAW AND SOCIETY
Select one of the following:4
Upper-division course from the list above
Upper-division PS course not on the list
Total Hours28

International Affairs Track

Introductory Courses
PS 204*INTRODUCTION TO COMPARATIVE POLITICS4
PS 205*INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS4
Upper-Division Political Science Courses
Select four courses of the following:16
*EUROPEAN AND EU POLITICS
*RUSSIAN POLITICS
*LATIN AMERICAN POLITICS
*POLITICS OF DEVELOPING NATIONS
*CHINESE POLITICS
*JAPANESE POLITICS
AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY
INTERNATIONAL POLITICS OF ASIA PACIFIC
DEMOCRATIZATION
EAST ASIAN POLITICAL ECONOMY
INTERNATIONAL LAW AND ORGANIZATIONS
*THE POLITICS OF CLIMATE CHANGE
US-CHINA RELATIONS
*INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY
GLOBAL FOOD POLITICS AND POLICY
INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS AND POLICY
Upper-Division Non-Political Science Courses
INTERNATIONAL ECONOMICS
ECONOMICS OF GLOBALIZATION
INTERNATIONAL FINANCE THEORY AND POLICY
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
*POPULATION TRENDS AND POLICY
THE SOCIOLOGY OF GLOBALIZATION
INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT: GENDER ISSUES
Select one of the following:4
Upper-division course from the list above
Upper-division PS course not on the list
Total Hours28

Environmental and Energy Politics Track

Introductory Courses
PS 201*INTRODUCTION TO UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS4
PS 205*INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS4
Upper-Division Political Science Courses
Select four courses of the following:16
INTEREST GROUP POLITICS
*STATE AND LOCAL POLITICS
PUBLIC POLICY PROBLEMS
PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
*SUSTAINABLE LIVING: PRACTICES AND POLICIES
^TOPICS IN COMPARATIVE POLITICS
*THE POLITICS OF CLIMATE CHANGE
ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICAL THEORY
GLOBAL FOOD POLITICS AND POLICY
US ENERGY POLICY
ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS AND POLICY
*SCIENCE AND POLITICS
INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS AND POLICY
RENEWABLE ENERGY POLICY
Upper-Division Non-Political Science Courses
*ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS AND POLICY
*ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS AND POLICY
^ECONOMICS OF TRADITIONAL AND RENEWABLE ENERGY
*CONSENSUS AND NATURAL RESOURCES
SOCIAL DIMENSIONS OF SUSTAINABILITY
*SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY IN SOCIAL CONTEXT
RURAL SOCIOLOGY
*ENVIRONMENTAL SOCIOLOGY
*SOCIETY AND NATURAL RESOURCES
Select one of the following:4
Upper-division course from the list above
Upper-division PS course not on the list
Total Hours28

Minor Code: 960