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2024-25 Catalog 
2024-25 Catalog

Political Science Teaching Minor

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Political Science Minor/ Teaching Minor/ BIS

  • Grade Requirements: An overall GPA of 2.00 or higher is required and a grade of “C” or better in all Political Science courses used toward the minor/BIS (a grade of “C-” is not acceptable). 
  • Credit Hour Requirements: Minimum of 21 credit hours for Political Science minor/BIS and a minimum of 24 credit hours for the teaching minor, which includes HIST 4500 - Teaching Social Studies in Grades 5-12 , a required course for Political Science Teaching Minors.
  • Program Code: Political Science (7012), Political Science Teaching (7013), Political Science BIS (7012)
  • CIPC: Political Science (451001), Political Science Teaching (131317), Political Science BIS (451001)

Students who select the Political Science Teaching minor must satisfy the Teacher Education admission and licensure requirements (see Department of Teacher Education ).

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Interdisciplinary Work-Made multiple connections across three academic disciplines.
  • High Impact Educational Experience-Engaged in high impact practices through at least one of these: (a) collaborative learning projects, (b) undergraduate research, (c) public performances, (d)diversity/global learning, (e) community engaged learning, (f) internships, or (g) intensive writing.
  • Capstone Signature Work -Synthesized and reported key research/skills/theories from academic disciplines.
  • Analysis and Reflection-Provided analyses/results/conclusions/reflections from the Capstone experience.
  • Academic speaking and writing-Used effective oral and written English-language skills
  • Post-Graduate Planning-Planned for careers and/or graduate programs.

Course Requirements

Elective Requirements (15 credit hours)

Select at least four courses from the following upper division electives.


Students may count up to 3 hours of POLS 4830 , 3 hours of POLS 4800 , and 3 hours of POLS 4860  toward the total of 21 hours required for the minor, if needed.

All Political Science courses- as well as HIST 3230 , PHIL 3200 , CJ 4065 , and WGS 3050 -count toward the total hours required for the political science major and minor. However, none of these courses, if they are being counted for the political science major or minor, may count toward another major or minor. Similarly, if any of these courses are being counted for a major or minor that is not political science, they cannot be counted for the major or minor requirements of political science. 

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