SMU Department of Political Science

Minor in Political Science

The Political Science Department offers four minor concentrations.  One is general in nature, and three are specifically focused.  The basic requirement is 18 semester hours of Political Sciences distributed among introductory courses and upper-level subfield courses as follows:


General Minor in Political Science

Offers general coverage in the discipline; also appropriate for those seeking a secondary teaching field.

Six (6) hours chosen from PLSC 1320 (American Government and Politics) and one other introductory course, and twelve (12) advanced hours of courses in Political Science, including six (6) advanced hours in each of two subfields. Note: 18 advanced hours required for teacher candidates


Minor in Political Thought

Recommended for students interested in Philosophy and Intellectual History.

PLSC 1360 (Introduction to Political Theory) and fifteen (15) advanced hours in Political Theory (excluding PLSC 3376).


Minor in Comparative and International Politics

Recommended for students interested in the Foreign Service, the military, international business and commerce, journalism, or area studies.

PLSC 1340 (Introduction to Comparative Politics) and PLSC 1380 (Introduction to International Relations) and six (6) advanced hours each in Comparative Politics and International Relations.


Minor in American Politics

Recommended for students interested in pre-law, journalism, American history or business administration.

PLSC 1320 (American Government and Politics), and fifteen (15) advanced hours of courses in American Politics.