Lang

Minor

  • Overview

    The study of politics prepares students for a lifetime of critical and constructive engagement with their communities and the world. They explore authority, cooperation, deliberation, persuasion, resistance, rebellion, and other manifestations of power in diverse social, political, and economic contexts. Learn more about the Politics program.

    Eligibility

    Undergraduate students from any school of the university who are not majoring in Liberal Arts can select a minor from Lang’s offerings. Similarly, Lang students who are not pursuing a BA or BS in Liberal Arts can select a minor from those offered in other schools, provided they meet the prerequisites and related requirements. (Lang students pursuing a BA or BS in Liberal Arts: See Self-Designed Major below.)

    Curriculum

    Requirements for the Minor

    The minor in Politics requires the completion of the following five (5) courses, distributed as follows:

    • Two 2000-level Tier I core courses. Students must take one course in two of the following subfields:*
      • U.S. Politics
      • Comparative Politics
      • Global Politics
      • Political Theory
      * See descriptions and sample courses above under Tier I Major Requirements. As with majors, one core requirement can be fulfilled with a ULEC or freshman seminar taught by a Politics professor. 
    • Three 3000- or 4000-level Tier III elective courses
      Students can take any three LPOL classes at these levels. Students must complete two core classes (one in the relevant subfield) or attain junior or senior status to enroll. See descriptions and sample courses above under Tier III Major Requirements.

    Requirements Worksheet

    Courses should be chosen carefully, in consultation with the director of the program. Students pursuing the Politics minor are encouraged to download the Politics Minor Requirement Worksheet to track their progress. Students must receive grades of C or better in all courses taken to fulfill concentration requirements.

    Self-Designed Major (BA or BS, Liberal Arts)

    Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts cannot elect politics as an academic minor; however, they can pursue a deeper study in this subject area through the self-designed major. To explore this, contact an academic advisor and read more about the self-designed option at Lang.

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