Minor in Political Philosophy

Catalog Year: 2024-2025


This 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.


Brandhorst, Cherubin, Fyfe, Mandaville, Miller (Director), Scherer

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Minor Requirements

Total credits: 18

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Core Courses

Select two courses from the following: 6
Classical Western Political Theory
or GOVT 323
Classical Western Political Theory
Modern Western Political Theory
or GOVT 324
Modern Western Political Theory
Contemporary Western Political Theory
or GOVT 327
Contemporary Western Political Theory
Total Credits 6


Select two elective courses from the courses below or above (if not used to meet the core requirement): 1 6
Karl Marx's Social and Political Thought
Philosophy after Auschwitz
Topics in Environmental Philosophy (Mason Core)
Ethical Issues in Global Health
Theories of Justice
Advanced Topics in Social and Political Philosophy
Select two elective courses from the courses below or above (if not used to meet the core requirement): 1 6
GOVT 329
Issues in Political Theories and Values
GOVT 420
American Political Thought
GOVT 427
Feminist Political Thought
GOVT 428
Advanced Democratic Theory
GOVT 448
Ethics and International Politics
Total Credits 12

Special topics courses and independent studies courses, when relevant, may also be used to fulfill elective credits with prior written approval of the director.