Minors & Certificates
What is Political Science?
Political science is the study of politics and government, both in the United States and around the world. Political science majors develop strong research and analytical skills while exploring topics such as the philosophies on which governments have been founded, the ways in which citizens affect and are affected by their governments and relationships within the international community.
Students in political science typically possess (or are willing to develop) the strong analytical skills necessary for interpreting and evaluating arguments. Most like to read and succeed when asked to work independently. Political science students also enjoy vigorous in-class discussion and like to apply their learning to real-world problems as well as to theoretical concerns. Consequently, students enjoy researching and debating different points of view on wide-ranging issues involving politics and public affairs.
Introduction POL courses
A student must take three introductory courses from this list.
|POL1040||Introduction to Political Theory||3|
|POL1080||Introduction to International Relations||3|
|POL1060||Introduction to Comparative Politics||3|
|POL1010||Introduction to American Politics||3|
|POL1001||Power and Politics: Understanding the Political World||3|
|POL1090||Law, Politics, and Society||3|
Political Science Minor Requirements
Students complete the following 21 hours for this minor:
Three Introductory POL courses from group below
Four upper division POL courses (at or above 2000 level)
Upper division political science
Take four courses above the 2000 level.
Contact the program director, whose name and information appear at the top of this screen.
UC Advantages and Special Opportunities
Students in the UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) enjoy many benefits afforded through study at a research-intensive institution ranked among the nation's top 25 public research universities. UC's urban, Tristate location offers exciting opportunities for global education, research and service learning, while its student-centered focus includes an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, a nationally recognized Center for Exploratory Studies and a highly successful First Year Experience program that teaches critical skills for first-year students and provides connections with important campus resources.
Students already pursuing a degree in any college at UC can add the minor to their program. Be sure to submit a declaration of the minor using our online form.
In addition, you must meet with the program director so that the department is aware that you are pursuing the minor and can advise you appropriately. Do this early enough to avoid delay in obtaining your minor.
If you have declared the minor, then it will appear on your application for graduation. Apply for graduation as you normally would for your bachelor’s degree.
AccreditationThe University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
Completion of Academic Minor Degree in Political Science
Full-Time Program Duration
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