Minor in Political Science


These requirements apply to all students in the Class of 2021 and later. Students in earlier classes may follow the old requirements. See other pages for information on declaring the minor and for general advising information.

Students must take at least six courses, achieving a minimum overall GPA of 2.0 in these courses. At least five of these six courses must be courses in INTR or PSCI taken in residence at the University of Rochester. None of the six courses may be taken on an S/F basis.

Tools of Political Analysis (Two Courses)

Courses used to satisfy tools of political analysis cannot also be used to satisfy requirements for the core track, breadth, or electives.

  • PSCI 107: Introduction to Positive Political Theory
  • PSCI 200: Data Analysis I (Open only to students without previous statistics course)
  • PSCI 202W: Argument in Political Science
  • PSCI 205: Data Analysis II (Prerequisite: PSC 200 or other statistics course)
  • PSCI 280: Intermediate Positive Political Theory
  • PSCI 281: Formal Models in Political Science
  • PSCI 288: Game Theory

Core Track (Three Courses from One Track)

Breadth (One Courses)

Select one track course that is not in your core track.

Additional Guidelines

Introductory Courses

No more than two introductory courses may be counted toward the minor. In most departments, all 100-level courses are considered introductory. The exceptions are courses offered by the Department of History. In history, only the following courses are defined as introductory: HIST 102, HIST 103, HIST 104, HIST 120, HIST 121, HIST 134, HIST 135, HIST 140, HIST 141, HIST 150, HIST 151, HIST 160, HIST 161, HIST 176, HIST 183, and HIST 184. Note that many courses are co-located (or cross-listed); in those cases, the classification of the course as introductory or not will be made according to the parent (P) listing.

Transfer Credit

All transfer courses subject to advisor approval. Transfer courses may not be used to satisfy the requirement in tools of political analysis. No more than one transfer course may be used toward the minor. Internships count as one course toward the minor, even if students receive more than four credits in the internship toward general degree requirements. PSCI/INTR 394A: European Political Internship is not a transfer course; it is treated like a course taught in residence at the University of Rochester.

Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate

Students who receive a grade of 4 or 5 on the AP exam in either American or Comparative Government or a grade of 5, 6, or 7 on the Higher Level IB exam in Global Politics will be granted four credits in the minor. Students who take more than one exam are not eligible for additional credit. This credit is considered introductory and transfer.

Overlap Policy

Students are reminded that they are subject to the College's overlap policy with respect to double majors and a major and minor. The policy applies to all students in the College. No more than three courses may overlap between any two majors, and no more than two courses may overlap between a minor and either a major or another minor. If a cross-listed course (such as PSCI/ECON 288) is listed under two majors, it counts toward the overlap limit even if it is listed under the political science number in one case and a cross-listed number in the other case.