Admission into the Minor

Students are expected to formally declare a minor by completing the Change of Major/Minor Application online under the Student tab of myBama.

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Minor Courses
PSC 101Intro American Politics3
Select one of the following:3
Political Science Methods
Comparative Politics
International Relations
Political Theory
Public Administration
Credit Hours Subtotal: 6
Field Requirement
Select a minimum of three hours in three of the fields9
Credit Hours Subtotal: 9
Select six hours of PSC electives, 300-4996
Credit Hours Subtotal: 6
Total Hours21


Students must earn a minimum of 3 hours in three of the fields listed below for a total of 9 hours.

Field 1: American Government

PSC 103Intro Public Policy3
PSC 211State & Local Govt3
PSC 311Pol Party & Elections3
PSC 312Amer Legislative Syst3
PSC 313The American Executive3
PSC 314Amer Judicial System3
PSC 316Southern Politics3
PSC 318Constitn Law Limits Gov Power3
PSC 319Con Law Civ Rts and Libs3
PSC 364African Amer & Polit Sys3
PSC 370American Public Policy3
PSC 411Public Opinion3
PSC 413Amer Foreign Policy3
PSC 416Migration and American Politics3
PSC 464The Politics of Health Policy3
PSC 465The Politics of Sex3

Field 2: Comparative Politics

PSC 203Comparative Politics3
PSC 330Democratization3
PSC 334Government Politics West Europ3
PSC 335Soc Movements & Cont Politics3
PSC 344The Israel-Palestine Conflict3
PSC 443Comparative Pub Policy3

Field 3: Political Theory

PSC 205Political Theory3
PSC 353Modern Political Thought3
PSC 362Organization Theory3
PSC 452American Political Thought3

Field 4: Public Policy and Public Administration

PSC 103Intro Public Policy3
PSC 206Public Administration3
PSC 211State & Local Govt3
PSC 361Fiscal Policy & Budget3
PSC 362Organization Theory3
PSC 365Environmental Policy3
PSC 370American Public Policy3
PSC 462Public Personnel Admin3
PSC 464The Politics of Health Policy3

Field 5: International Relations

PSC 204International Relations3
PSC 413Amer Foreign Policy3
PSC 434Internatl Polit Econom3
PSC 435War And Peace3
PSC 441Terrorism and Political Islam3
PSC 442Internatl Conflict3
PSC 446Political Economy of Security3

Grade Point Average

A 2.0 grade point average in the minor is required. Please see the Grades and Grade Points section of this catalog for an explanation on grade point average calculations.

Upper-level Residency

A minimum of 6 hours of 300- and 400-level courses in the minor must be earned on this campus.

Ancillary Courses

This minor does not require ancillary courses.

Additional Minor Requirements

Specific sections of topics courses (PSC 320 Special Studies In PSC, PSC 321 Special Topics In PSC, PSC 421 Seminar in Political Science W, and PSC 422 Seminar Political Science) may be appropriate to fulfill the field requirements. Students should contact the department’s undergraduate director concerning this use of special topics courses. Students are responsible for ensuring that they have met all University, College, major and minor requirements. However, each student must meet with an adviser in the major department for academic planning and to be approved for registration each semester. College advisers are also available for additional assistance with minor, college and University requirements.


Unless otherwise stated, the prerequisite for enrollment in 300-level political science courses is sophomore standing or permission of the instructor, and the prerequisite for 400-level political science courses is junior standing or higher or permission of the instructor.