Political Studies Minor

A minor in political studies is designed for students who want to improve their ability to deal intelligently and critically with issues and ideas about government and politics. Questions concerning world peace, government policies aimed at achieving economic stability and growth, the management of environmental quality, control over political competition, the possibility of using law to affect social and political change, and the gap between the rich and poor in the U.S. and abroad are all on the research agenda of contemporary political scientists.

The general purpose of the minor is to address these and other issues systematically, and, simultaneously, to raise the broad theoretical questions which can help students relate today’s political debates to those debates about politics which have kept a theoretical tradition alive for over 2,000 years.

Why Grand View?

  • We heavily focus on interdisciplinary thinking—our courses ask students to use what they have learned in their other social science, humanities, and natural science courses to address real-world policy problems.
  • Many of our courses can be taken online during the academic year as well as in the summer, giving students more flexibility in class scheduling.
Degree Fit
This program could be a good fit if you:
  • Want to improve your ability to deal intelligently and critically with issues and ideas about government and politics.
Career Options

With this minor, you may become a/an:

  • Policy Analyst
  • Legislative Assistant
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Social Media Manager
  • Marketing Research Analyst
  • Political Consultant
  • Attorney
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • Political Campaign Staff
  • College Student Leadership / Activities Officer
Course Requirements

Political Studies Minor (18 credits)

POLS 110 National Government 3 credits
POLS 120 State and Local Government 3 credits
POLS 315 Introduction to Public Administration 3 credits
POLS 340 American Constitutional Law and Development I 3 credits
Six additional hours in Political Science, three of which must be at the 300-400 level.
6 credits

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