College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Minor in Political Philosophy

The minor provides students with an intensive study of political philosophy and political theory. Students take courses in the history of political philosophy; the moral evaluation of political institutions; the ethical, social, and political issues raised by globalization; and the conceptual foundations of democracy and human rights. Through this coursework, students are able to study this field from a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives. They develop a deeper philosophical perspective on political institutions and have a solid foundation for further graduate study in philosophy, government, or policy studies.

This is an interdisciplinary minor offered by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

For policies governing all minors, see the Undergraduate Policies section of the University Catalog.

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Minor Requirements (Catalog Year 2016-2017)

Students pursuing this minor must complete 15 credits of coursework with a minimum GPA of 2.00. Eight credits of course work must be unique to the minor.

Two core courses (6 credits) chosen from:

PHIL 323 or GOVT 323 - Classical Western Political Theory Credits: 3

PHIL 324 or GOVT 324 - Modern Western Political Theory Credits: 3

PHIL 327 or GOVT 327 - Contemporary Western Political Theory Credits: 3

Three elective courses (9 credits)

Students choose electives from the courses below or above (if not used to meet the core requirement). Special topics courses and independent studies courses, when relevant, may also be used to fulfill elective credits with prior written approval of the director.

GOVT 427 - Feminist Political Thought Credits: 3

PHIL 325 - Karl Marx's Social and Political Thought Credits: 3

GOVT 328 - Non-Western Political Theory Credits: 3

GOVT 329 - Issues in Political Theories and Values Credits: 1-3

GOVT 420 - American Political Thought Credits: 3

GOVT 421 - Contemporary Political Ideologies Credits: 3

GOVT 428 - Advanced Democratic Theory Credits: 3

GOVT 448 - Ethics and International Politics Credits: 3

Total: 15 credits

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