Minors, Clusters, and Certificates

  1. Requirements for the Minor in Political Science
  2. Requirements for the Minor in International Relations
  3. How To Declare a Minor
  4. New Overlap Policy for Class of 2010 and Beyond
  5. Clusters
  6. Certificate Programs
  7. Legal Studies

Requirements for the Minor in Political Science

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Students must successfully complete five courses, of which no more than two may be from the list of introductory courses. None of the five courses may be taken on a satisfactory/fail basis. No course may be taken in the summer session or transferred from another school. Choice of courses must also satisfy the requirements specified below:

Required course. PSC 202 (Argument in Political Science) is the only course specifically required for a minor in political science.

Techniques of Analysis. Choose PSC 200, PSC 201, PSC 203, or PSC 205. (Students may satisfy this requirement with ECO 230 or ECO 231, but they must still take five courses in political science. The additional course may come from the fields of American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, Positive Theory, or Political Philosophy.)

American Politics. Choose one course.

Comparative Politics or International Relations. Choose one course in either field, making certain that the course appears in the lists linked here. (Note that some courses that carry an “IR” designation do not satisfy this requirement.)

Positive Theory or Political Philosophy. Choose one course in either field.

Requirements for the Minor in International Relations

Students must successfully complete six courses, of which at least four must be taken in Political Science and/or International Relations. No more than three courses (whether in Political Science, International Relations, or another field) may be at the introductory level. None of the six courses may be taken on a satisfactory/fail basis. No course may be transferred from another school (except for approved courses taken abroad). Choice of courses must also satisfy the requirements specified below:

Comparative Politics Core

Choose one course from the following list. PSC/IR 101 is strongly recommended, but not required. The course used to satisfy this requirement must be different from the course used to satisfy the requirement for the International Relations Core.

International Relations Core

Choose one course from the following list. PSC/IR 106 is strongly recommended, but not required. The course used to satisfy this requirement must be different from the course used to satisfy the requirement for the Comparative Politics Core.

Four Additional Courses

Choose any four courses (at least two in International Relations or Political Science) from the list approved for the specialized tracks. Courses taken abroad may, upon approval, substitute for up to two of these courses.

How To Declare a Minor

// Pick up a blue Approval Form for Concentrations and Minors, available in the Center for Academic Support at Lattimore Hall 312 or in the Department of Political Science office at Harkness Hall 334.

// Collect information at this website regarding requirements for the minor.

// Complete Part A of the Approval Form, following the information about requirements. List the relevant courses you have already taken, are currently taking, or plan to take before you graduate. You are not committed to following this course plan exactly, but you must fulfill the relevant requirements if you wish to graduate with a minor in political science or international relations. If you ultimately substitute courses for those listed on your Approval Form, you may wish to check with an undergraduate advisor in political science to confirm that the substitutions are acceptable.

In deciding which courses to take, you may wish to examine the course descriptions. You may also wish to consult with an undergraduate advisor in political science for advice about courses best suited to your particular intellectual interests and career goals. If you would like advice, list only those courses you have taken, are taking, or know for certain you wish to take.

// Once you have completed Part A of the Approval Form as best you can, take it to an undergraduate advisor in political science during his or her office hours. Your advisor will check the form, answer any questions you may have, and sign it.

// Submit the completed and signed Approval Form to the Center for Academic Support at Lattimore Hall 312. The Center will send one copy to the Department of Political Science.

Overlap Policy

Students are reminded that they are subject to the College's "overlap policy" with respect to double majors and a major and minor. The policy applies to all students in the College:

Major: No more than three courses overlapping between any two majors.

Minor: No more than two courses overlapping between a minor and either a major or another minor.

If a cross-listed course (such as PSC/ECO 288) is listed under two majors, it counts toward the overlap limit even if it is listed under the Political Science number in one case and a cross-listed number in the other case.

For more information, see here.

Clusters

The Political Science Department offers a large and varied set of clusters. This is a full list of the clusters:

Bear in mind that clusters sometimes are not updated quickly enough to include new courses. Please see an undergraduate advisor with any questions about clusters.

Certificate Programs

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Certificate programs are taken in conjunction with, not in place of, concentrations. They are meant to supplement a student's chosen area of study and to formalize into a coherent whole courses taken outside the area of concentration. They are administered through the College Center for Academic Support, Lattimore 312. Note that courses used toward a certificate may not be taken on the S/F option except for the Polish and Central European Studies Certificate, in which one secondary course may be taken S/F, and that minimum averages are required for courses used for certificates.

The following certificate programs include coursework in the social sciences: