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Political Science Minor

The role of the executive branch. Legal history. Generational shifts in the electorate. And global politics. What does it all mean for you, your community and the world?

As an MSU Denver Political Science student, you will study America’s political system and processes, nation-state behavior and comparative political systems and methods. Plus you will be exposed to the politics of the United States and international relations and comparative politics, all while building critical perspective, analytical proficiencies and communication skills that will help you understand and grapple with complex local, national and global affairs.

Your Political Science program will also connect to real-world local and national politics. MSU Denver offers extensive internship and cooperative education opportunities that prepare you for careers in government, law, journalism, business or wherever you see yourself working to improve the status quo.  In fact, 30% of our majors participated in an internship by the time they graduate.  And our classes are not limited to our borders, as you can enroll in faculty-led study-abroad courses as well.

Political Science Minor Detailed Requirements 

An Ideal Complement to Any Major

Students seeking a Minor in political science at MSU Denver complete 21 semester hours (7 courses) in the Department of Political Science. The minor provides an ideal complement to a variety of majors, from those in STEM fields seeking to understand the policies driving their innovations, to art and humanities majors desiring to further explore public interests, to social science majors with an interest in applying their knowledge in the public sphere, and business majors who recognize the potential of social entrepreneurship. 

Sample Classes

  • American National Government
  • Political Systems and Ideas
  • Conducting Political Analysis
  • Political Theory
  • Introduction to International Relations
  • Introduction to Public Administration
  • American Constitutional Law
  • Environmental Politics
  • European Politics
  • International Political Economy
  • Applied Political Research Lab

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