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Political Science

Minor in International Relations

The Political Science Minor in International Relations focuses on international governmental relations and international efforts to regulate conflict and promote cooperation. The minor includes study of the sources of international political authority, the interaction of markets and politics, the sources of conflict and violence, and international human rights norms.


Students must complete 18 credit hours in Political Science with at least 9 credit hours at the 300–400 level, including six courses.

  1. POLS-Y 395 Quantitative Political Analysis
  2. Five additional courses (15 cr.) including at least three courses from Block A—International and Comparative Politics, and at least one course from Block B—Methods and Policy.
  3. 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 Human Rights and State Repression
  • 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—Methods and Policy
  • POLS-Y 204 Institutional Analysis and Governance
  • POLS-Y 205 Analyzing Politics
  • POLS-Y 349 Policy Making around the Globe
  • POLS-Y 372 The Analysis of International Politics
  • POLS-Y 405 Models and Theories of Political Decision Making

Note: Students who complete the Major in Political Science may also complete the Minor in International Relations. Students who are not earning a Major in Political Science may complete up to two minors offered by the Department of Political Science as long as distinct courses are used for each. In both cases, the Policy on Counting a Course toward Multiple Degree Objectives applies.