Minor in Political Science

Prerequisites, when required, are listed in the individual course descriptions. Prior consultation with the instructor of any advanced course is invited. Students wishing to pursue a major or minor in political science are requested to declare the major or minor with the department chair as soon as possible. All political science courses must be completed with a grade of C- or better.

Minimum of 20 semester hours, including POLS 151

Minor programs should be planned in consultation with the departmental chair or a designated adviser.


A minimum of 12 semester hours for the major and 8 semester hours for the minor must be taken in residence at PLU.

  • Minor in Public Affairs
    24 semester hours, including POLS 345 (required) and 20 hours from economics, political science, sociology & criminal justice, or statistics

This minor offers an interdisciplinary study designed to support many major programs whose content has implications for public affairs and is particularly useful to students contemplating careers in public service or graduate study in public administration, public affairs, and related programs.

At least five additional courses from three of the following groups (courses which are taken as part of a major program may not also count toward the public affairs minor):

  • Political Science
    Minimum of 8 semester hours if this group is selected
    • POLS 151: American Government
    • POLS 354: State and Local Government
  • Economics
    Minimum of 8 semester hours if this group is selected
    • ECON 101, 102: Principles of Macroeconomics and Microeconomics
      (or ECON 111: Principles of Microeconomics: Global and Environmental)
    • ECON 321: Labor Economics
    • ECON 325: Industrial Organization and Public Policy
  • Sociology & Criminal Justice
    Minimum of 4 semester hours if this group is selected
    • SOCI 240: Social Problems
    • SOCI 413: Criminological Theory
  • Statistics
    Minimum of 4 semester hours if this minor is selected
    • STAT 231: Introductory Statistics

On approval by the public affairs advisor, up to 8 semester hours may be earned through participation in an internship program as a substitute for courses listed above (except POLS 345). Internship opportunities are offered through several departments, and through the Cooperative Education Program, and provide students with actual work experience in diverse public and private agencies. Students interested in internships are urged to consult with their academic advisors and with intern faculty advisors at an early date.

Students interested in the public affairs minor should declare the minor in the Department of Political Science and consult with the department’s public affairs advisor.

  • Minor in Conflict Resolution
    20 semester hours, including

POLS/GLST 331, POLS 332; COMA 340, 441, and 4 elective hours from POLS/GLST 210 or COMA 304 or another course selected in consultation with the minor’s faculty coordinator.

Pre-Law Advising

For information, see Pre-Professional Programs section of the catalog.