Political Science Minor

The political science minor introduces students to the political world, providing an increased understanding of political activities both inside and outside of the United States. The minor trains students to become active participants in community organizations, electoral politics and movements on behalf of specific policies.

Unique Features

Courses focus on American and world politics, political thought, public law and public administration. Additional perspective is gained by examining politics through different lenses, particularly a Christian worldview.

Our Graduates

The political science minor provides understanding that can be useful in a variety of careers in private and public political organizations, such as those in local government, journalism, international organizations, political campaigns, interest groups/associations, and colleges or universities.


General Education Prerequisites

  • PS-120 American Politics and Society (4)

Required Courses (5 Courses, 16-19 Units)

Core Program (2 courses, 7 units)

  • PS-390 Religion and Politics in America (3)
  • PS-400 World Politics and Society (4)

Breadth Program (9-12 units)*

Select a minimum of three of the following:

  • BUS-475 Law, Business and Society (3)
  • FIN-452 Public Finance (3)
  • LEAD-476 Internship (1-3)
  • PS-300 California History and Politics (4)
  • PS-371 American Law and Legal System (3)
  • PS-373 Nature, Law and Policy (3)
  • PS-375 Criminal Justice in America (4)
  • PS-380 Social Problems and Public Policy (4)
  • PS-385 Urban Society and the Welfare State (4)
  • PS-412 Modern Africa: History, Politics and Culture (3)
  • PS-414 Modern Asia: History, Politics and Culture (3)
  • PS-416 Modern Middle East: History, Politics and Culture (3)
  • PS-420 International Politics and Organizations (3)
  • PS-425 Global Economics and Sustainable Development (3)
  • PS-430 America in a Global Community (4)
  • PS-450 History of Political Theory and Ideas (3)
  • PS-460 Organizational Theory (3)
  • PS-465 Organizational Behavior (3)

*American Studies Program (15-16 units)

The American Studies Program in Washington, D.C. may be taken in place of PS-390, LEAD-476 and two breadth courses.

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