College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences

Minor in Political Science

CPP pls minor political science graduate

Interested in minoring in political science?

Here at CPP, the political science minor allows you to supplement your existing degree program with dynamic and exciting classes taught by experts and authorities educated at world-class institutions. We offer courses that cover American politics, local governments and legal systems, but also international politics and the political systems of other countries around the world. A political science minor is an excellent supplement to your degree and is essential to a well-rounded graduate on today's job market. 

How do I declare and complete the political science minor? 

Students should declare a minor as soon as possible as not to lose the opportunity of having the minor noted on their transcripts. You declare the minor by visiting the department minor coordinator, Dr. Jill Hargis. You can visit Dr. Hargis faculty webpage for her current office hours.

Jill Hargis

Department Minor Coordinator

Dr. Jill Hargis
Office: 94-303
Email: jehargis@cpp.edu
Phone: 909-869-3882

After completing the minor program, you must submit the following form. You must average a 2.0 GPA in all the courses used for the minor over the 18 units.

Should you have any additional questions, please consult the 2018-2019 catalog or contact your advisor in the department. 

Requirements for the Political Science Minor (18 Units Required)

To complete the minor, students need to complete 18 units of political science courses. Two of those courses (6 units) are required to be core/lower division courses. Four of those courses (12 units) are required to be upper-division courses.

Core Courses (Lower Division - 6 units):

These core courses are introductory courses to the major. Students should select ANY TWO COURSES from this list:

  • PLS 2010 - Introduction to American Government (3)
  • PLS 2020 - Introduction to Comparative Politics (3)
  • PLS 2030 - Introduction to International Relations (3)
  • PLS 2040 - Introduction to Political Thought (3)
  • PLS 2051 - Introduction to Research Methods (3)
  • PLS 2060 - Introduction to Public Administration (3)
  • PLS 2070 - Introduction to Public Law (3)

Elective Courses (Upper Division - 12 units):

These elective courses cover specific topics in depth. This list organizes these elective courses in seven groups. These groups correspond to different subfields in our discpiline. Students should select ANY FOUR COURSES from any of these groups on this list:

American Politics

  • PLS 3250 - The American Congress (3)
  • PLS 3260 - The American Presidency (3)
  • PLS 3270 - The American Judiciary (3)
  • PLS 4205 - American Political Institutions & Behavior (3)
  • PLS 4211 - Voting & Elections in the United States (3)
  • PLS 4231 - Race and Ethnic Politics in the United States (3)
  • PLS 4245 - Public Opinion (3)
  • PLS 4250 - Women and Politics in America (3)
  • PLS 4265 - Political Communication and Media (3)
  • PLS 4811 - California Government (3)

Public Administration

  • PLS 3150 - Politics of Public Policy (3)
  • PLS 3165 - Urban Adminstration, Politics, and Policy (3)
  • PLS 3175 - NGOs and Social Service Outreach (3)
  • PLS 4160 - Public Organizations (3)
  • PLS 4170/A - Policy Analysis & Program Evaluation (2/1)

Public Law

  • PLS 3011 - Constitutional Law - Governmental Powers (3)
  • PLS 3021 - Constitutional Law - Rights and Liberties (3)
  • PLS 3031 - Constitutional Law - Criminal Justice (3)
  • PLS 3041 - The Criminal Justice System (3)
  • PLS 4050 - Jurisprudence (3)
  • PLS 4090 - Contemporary Issues in American Law (3)

Political Theory

  • PLS 3311 - Ancient & Medieval Political Thought (3)
  • PLS 3321 - Modern Political Thought (3)
  • PLS 3331 - American Political Thought (3)
  • PLS 4341 - Advanced American Political Thought (3)
  • PLS 4360 - Contemporary Political Theory (3)
  • PLS 4381 - Environmental Political Theory (3)

Comparative Politics

  • PLS 3420 - Politics of Developing Areas (3)
  • PLS 3431 - Ethnic Conflict (3)
  • PLS 4430 - European Government & Politics (3)
  • PLS 4440 - Latin American Government & Politics (3)
  • PLS 4450 - Sub-Saharan African Governments and Politics (3)
  • PLS 4460 - Middle Eastern Government & Politics (3)
  • PLS 4470 - Government and Politics of the Russian Federation (3)
  • PLS 4480 - East Asian Government & Politics (3)
  • PLS 4490 - Southeast Asian Government & Politics (3)

Comparative Politics

  • PLS 3515 - International Relations Theory (3)
  • PLS 3521 - US Foreign Policy (3)
  • PLS 3541 - International Political Economy (3)
  • PLS 3551 - International Conflict, War & Peace (3)
  • PLS 3561 - International Law (3)
  • PLS 4531 - Terrorism (3)
  • PLS 4541 - Transnational Crime (3)
  • PLS 4551 - International Human Rights (3)
  • PLS 4561 - International Environmental Policy (3)

Other Political Science Courses

  • PLS 3080/A - Mock Trial (2/1)
  • PLS 3821 - Politics, Policy, & Pop Culture (3)
  • PLS 4221/A - Political Campaign Management (2/1)
  • PLS 4800 - Policies of Need and Greed (3)
  • PLS 4421/A - Political Science Internship (2/1)
  • CLS 4410/A - Judicial Internship (2/1)

NOTE: Special topics courses (e.g. PLS 4990), depending on the topic and when you take it, will be assigned to one of the above subfields.