The 18 credits of course work include at least one course in each of the following political science areas: American politics, theory/methodology, comparative politics, and international relations. Six of these 18 credits must be at the 400 level. A grade of "C" or better is required in all courses that you take to fulfill requirements for the minor.
Convenient and Flexible
Each course is taught using a blend of web technology, print, and other media to maximize flexibility while maintaining teacher and student interaction. As a Penn State online student, you have the opportunity to learn when and where it's most convenient for you.
Course List - Political Science Minor
|Introduction to American National Government||PL SC 001||Introduction to development and nature of American political culture, constitutional/structural arrangements, electoral/policy processes; sources of conflict and consensus.||3 credits|
|Introduction to Comparative Politics||PL SC 003||Introduction to study of comparative government and politics: normative/ empirical theories; government functions in modern societies; representative structures and processes.||3 credits|
|International Relations||PL SC 014||Characteristics of modern nation-states and forces governing their international relations; nationalism; imperialism; diplomacy; current problems of war and peace.||3 credits|
|Introduction to Political Theory||PL SC 017||Introduction to basic issues in political theory through analysis of selected major political thinkers.||3 credits|
|Rights in America||PL SC 110||This course explores the historical and contemporary struggles of particular groups within American society to expand their rights.||3 credits|
|International Relations Theory||PL SC 418W||A survey of traditional and contemporary conceptual frameworks and theoretical approaches for the analysis of international relations.||3 credits|
|The Politics of Terrorism||PL SC 439||Analysis of political terrorism as a violent alternative for peaceful change and traditional warfare in the nuclear age.||3 credits|
|American Foreign Policy||PL SC 442||Principles of American foreign policy; processes of policy formulation; roles of the President, Congress, the State Department, and other government agencies.||3 credits|
|Governments and Politics of Western Europe||PL SC 455||Comparative analysis of political and governmental structures of major West European nations; main functions and processes of such structures.||3 credits|
|Politics and Institutions of Latin-American Nations||PL SC 456||Social forces and processes, governmental institutions, foreign policies of major states of Latin America.||3 credits|
|American Constitutional Law||PL SC 471||The origins of judicial review, landmark decisions of the Supreme Court, and their impact on the American form of government.||3 credits|
|The American Legal Process||PL SC 472||Analysis of the roles, procedures, and policies characterizing the American legal system.||3 credits|
|Congress and the Presidency||PL SC 480W||This course examines states, markets, power, production, and the relations between the various transnational agents who act in these areas.||3 credits|
|Policy Making and Evaluation||PL SC 490||Advanced analysis of public policy, emphasizing policy evaluation and the factors that determine policy success and failure.||3 credits|
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