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. Your GPA in all the courses used for the minor must average 2.0 over the 28 credit hours required for the minor.

Should you have any additional questions, please consult the 2017-2018 catalog or contact your advisor in the department. 

Requirements for the Political Science Minor (28 Units Required)

  1. Any TWO of the following LOWER-DIVISION courses: (8 units)

    1. PLS 202 - Introduction to Comparative Politics
    2. PLS 203 - Introduction to International Relations
    3. PLS 204 - Introduction to Political Thought 
    4. PLS 205/205A - Introduction to Research Methods
    5. PLS 206 - Introduction to Public Administration
    6. PLS 207 - Introduction to Public Law
  2. FIVE additional UPPER-DIVISION courses from at least TWO subfields of political science: (20 units)

Political Science Subfields:

American Politics:

    • PLS 321 - The Electoral Process
    • PLS 322/322A - Political Campaign Management
    • PLS 323 - American Ethnic Politics
    • PLS 325 - The American Congress
    • PLS 326 - The American Presidency
    • PLS 327 - The American Judiciary
    • PLS 382 - Politics, Policy and Pop Culture
    • PLS 420 - American Institutions & Behavior
    • PLS 425 - Women and Politics in America
    • PLS 472 - Fieldwork in Politics
    • PLS 480 - Policies of Need and Greed
    • PLS 481 - American Government

Comparative Politics 

    • PLS 342 - Politics of Developing Areas
    • PLS 441 - European Government and Politics
    • PLS 442 - Sub-Saharan African Government and Politics
    • PLS 444 - Latin American Government and Politics
    • PLS 446 - Middle Eastern Government and Politics
    • PLS 447 - Government and Politics of the Russian Federation
    • PLS 448 - East Asian Government and Politics
    • PLS 449 - Southeast Asian Government and Politics

International Relations

    • PLS 343 - Ethnic Conflict
    • PLS 351 - Terrorism
    • PLS 352 - Environmental Security
    • PLS 353 - Transnational Crime
    • PLS 451 - International Conflict, War and Peace
    • PLS 452 - International Political Economy
    • PLS 455 - Foreign Relations of the United States
    • PLS 456 - International Law

Political Theory

    • PLS 431 - Ancient & Medieval Political Thought
    • PLS 432 - Modern Political Thought
    • PLS 433 - American Political Thought
    • PLS 436 - Contemporary Political Thought 

Public Administration

    • PLS 315 - Politics of Public Policy
    • PLS 317 - NGO and Social Service Outreach
    • PLS 416 - Public Organizations 
    • PLS 417/417A - Policy Analysis & Program Evaluation

Public Law

    • PLS 304 - The Criminal Justice System
    • PLS 401 - Constitutional Law: Governmental Powers
    • PLS 405 - Jurisprudence
    • PLS 407 - Constitutional Law: Rights & Liberties
    • PLS 409 - Contemporary Issues in American Law 


Variable: PLS 299, 400, 463, 499 (these are special topics courses; depending on the topic when you take it, the course will be assigned to one of the above subfields)