The minor is a general political science minor that allows students to take coursework across the different subfields in political science. This provides options to students beyond the major to broaden student learning and understanding in an important discipline that will impact their lives beyond college. Students in more than one minor offered through the political science department cannot overlap more than one course between two minors.

Requirements for the Minor

Students in more than one minor offered through the Political Science department cannot overlap more than one course between two minors.  (See also general regulations for minors in the Undergraduate tab of the Liberal Arts and Sciences section of the catalog)

General Option

18 credit hours of coursework in Political Science, 12 of which must be taken at the junior/senior level.  

Global Security Option

Required Courses
One of the following:
POLS 170Introduction to International Politics3
or POLS 171 Introduction to International Politics Honors
or POLS 110 Introduction to U.S. Politics
or POLS 111 Introduction to U.S. Politics Honors
Elective Upper Division Courses (5 courses-15 credits- must be selected from this list)15
Transnational Terrorism
Extremist Groups and Government Response
Politics of the Middle East
Islam and Politics
United States Foreign Policy
International Political Economy
International Organization
U.S. National Security Policy
Trafficking, Organized Crime and Terrorism: U.S. Government Response
Topics in International Relations:
Directed Readings

Minor Hours & GPA

While completing all required courses, majors must also meet each of the following hour and grade point average minimum standards:

Minor Hours
Satisfied by 18 hours of minor courses.

Minor Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 9 hours of junior/senior (300+) hours of KU resident credit in the minor. 

Minor Junior/Senior Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 12 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the major.

Minor Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in all courses in the minor. GPA calculations include all departmental courses in the field of study including F's and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.