UMass Amherst Department of Political Science

The Minor in Political Science

The Minor in Political Science may serve a variety of purposes and objectives. For students with professional majors where the profession is increasingly involved with governmental regulation or funding (e.g., Business, Engineering, Education, Agriculture, Public Health), a minor in Political Science will help students understand the process that is vital to the growth and development of their chosen profession. For students majoring in a related social science discipline who hope to teach social studies in secondary school, a Political Science minor may provide needed breadth and enhance career possibilities. In many cases, one of the sub-fields of Political Science will complement the perspectives provided by the major department. The link between Public Law and the Pre-Law or Legal studies student, between Public Administration and Business Administration, between Political Theory and Philosophy or Social Thought and Political Economy can be especially fruitful to the student by offering a political perspective which sometimes supplements, sometimes challenges the reigning perspective in the student’s major field. And, 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.

Are you ready to start your minor? Take a look at our current semester offerings. Remember that we often offer courses online that are not available in face-to-face classes, too!


To complete the minor in Political Science, you must

  • Complete one 100-level Political Science course carrying 3 or more credits
  • Complete four upper-level (200 or above) Political Science Courses carrying 3 or more credits

++All courses used toward the minor must be Political Science courses carrying 3 or more credits

++At least three of the five courses must be completed within the UMass Amherst Department of Political Science

++The overall GPA for Political Science courses counted toward the minor must be at least 2.0. Not sure if you qualify? Use our GPA calculator to double check!

How do I declare a Minor?

Nothing needs to be done to designate you as a minor in Political Science or a related sub-field in advance of completing the requirements for the minor.

After you have satisfactorily completed the course requirements, or in the semester in which you are taking the last of the courses necessary to satisfy the minor requirements, make an appointment to meet with a Political Science Academic Advisor in Thompson Hall (make an appointment here). The advisor will certify that you have met the requirements, or will have met them when that semester’s courses have been satisfactorily completed. After meeting with an advisor, you will have to return the signed Declaration of an Academic Minor Form to the Registrar's Office (213 Whitmore Administration Building), where your minor will be ill be recorded.

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