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The minor in Political Science may serve a variety of purposes and objectives. For students in majors where your intended career is increasingly involved with governmental regulation or policy (e.g., Business, Engineering, Education, Agriculture, Public Health), a minor in Political Science will help students gain helpful knowledge  about how various organizations interact with, or are impacted by, political institutions and public policy. For students majoring in a related social science discipline, a Political Science minor may provide needed breadth to better understand your own field. Finally, we expect that some students may engage in a Political Science minor to help them make sense of an increasingly complicated political world that confronts them in their roles as citizens.

The minor can be declared at any time, even if you only have a course or two completed or in progress. To declare the minor, please attend a Peer Advisor Zoom drop in session. Peer Zoom drop in session days, times and links can be found on the Current Students section of our Advising website here.

Political Science minors with advising questions should attend a Peer Advisor drop in session (see session info on the Current Students section of our Advising website here) or use our Advising Questions Google Form.


Political Science Minor Course Checklist

To complete the minor in Political Science, you must:

  • Complete one 100-level Political Science course.
  • Complete four upper-level (200 or above) Political Science Courses of which at least two must be at the 300-level.

++At least three of the five courses must be completed within the UMass Amherst Department of Political Science (only 2 courses can be transfer courses).

++The overall GPA for UMass Amherst Political Science courses counted toward the minor must be at least 2.0.