Political Science Minor
Students often minor in Political Science to complement their academic major and career goals. Common majors paired with a political science minor include business, communications, economics, and history.
The Political Science minor requires a minimum of 21 credit hours.
Introduction to the theories, constitutional bases, functions and government structures of the U.S. political system in relation to the global political environment. Emphasis on national politics and linkages with state, local and international governments, including an emphasis on Missouri and current issues in domestic and foreign policy.
Introduction to the comparison of different political systems with an examination of liberal democratic societies, communist and post-communist systems, and developing nations with case studies from each category.
A study of the historical background and contemporary organization of the international political system and the world economy.
Choose four courses from the following (12 hrs.):
Through the study of current events, this class introduces the tools political scientists use to analyze politics beyond the headlines. It focuses on developing essential skills in writing, information literacy, forming hypotheses and research questions and oral communication.
This course is designed to introduce students to the structure, functions, and aims of the United Nations and to provide hands-on experience in international diplomacy through role-playing at a United Nations simulation.
An exploration of the role that law plays in organizing society, resolving disputes and fostering change. Students will focus on the multitudinous ways in which law influences their daily lives and how social groups work to change the law and improve society. Students will be introduced to theories about law and how law has developed over time.
This course is a foundational exploration of the key theories and principles of political philosophy, including the discussion of the issues of political authority, the justification of the state and its coercive power, social contract theories and the role of consent, rights and justice, civil disobedience, race and gender, issues that shaped political and moral thinking from antiquity to the present. Students will have the opportunity to read and discuss authors such as Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Marx, Rousseau, Mill, and John Rawls. Attention will also be given to contemporary discussions of these issues.
Introduction to the process and techniques of quantitative research in politics and the social sciences. Class takes a hands-on approach to working with data so that students develop the skills needed to answer important research questions with data analysis and to critically evaluate the statistical claims they encounter in published research and the media.
Examination of foreign policy in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, with analysis of the U.S. foreign policy?making process, institutions and actors.
An examination of globalization, its history, its contemporary rise and its effects on the world today. Students will consider how globalization transforms politics and affects economic and social justice.
From one state’s perspective, many environmental problems are either too big to handle alone (climate change), are caused by other states they cannot control (transboundary air pollution) or concern the loss of environmental goods that belong to the world (depleted international fisheries). Students will explore these differing types of global environmental challenges by considering the diverse set of relevant actors, interests and institutions operating within and across states.
Examination of the historical, cultural, religious, economic and political interactions between the Western and Islamic worlds. Focuses on the place of Muslims in Europe, especially questions the identity and politics. Offered as a study abroad course.
Prerequisite: ENGL 235, HIST 213, HIST 322 or declared Political Science major or minor. Music, television, and film can have an effect on politics and political life. This course critically examines these effects by exploring such topics as civil rights, memory, war, and social movements through the lens of popular culture and creative expression.
Prerequisite: BIOL 163, ECON 225, and PHIL 320 or declared Political Science major or minor. This course explores how societies solve environmental problems. By applying policy analysis tools to real-world case studies, students learn how policy outcomes represent a tension between the questions, what is the best thing to do and what can actually be achieved?
An examination of the history, evolution and current structures of American political parties, elections and interest groups. This course is offered every two years in conjunction with national elections and allows students hands-on experience in the study of American electoral politics.
Examination of the structures and roles of legislative and executive institutions with primary focus on the politics of policy making; topics include theories of representation, institutional organization, leadership styles and interest group influence.
A study of judicial processes and decisions with particular emphasis on the Supreme Court decisions that have shaped legal thought and altered the social fabric of American society.
Whether used by states (e.g., war, sanctions) or non-state actors (e.g., riots, terrorism), political violence is a strategy frequently used by rational actors to further specific goals. This course examines issues connected to political violence at the domestic and international levels.
Louis Henkin famously wrote, “...almost all nations observe almost all principles of international law and almost all of their obligations almost all of the time.” This class attempts to demonstrate how the ‘almosts’ in that quote are key to answering the questions, “Does international law matter and what are the real-world impacts of international organizations?”
Prerequisite: ANML 212, HIST 212, SOCI 202 or declared Political Science major or minor. The course introduces students to food studies and politics. The course looks at food as the center of identity, language, and culture in a cross-national comparison of food consumption and food politics. The first third of the semester is devoted to food and identity in an international perspective. The second third of the semester is spent looking at food identity and politics in the United States. The last part of the semester examines specific food issues, including marketing strategies; the coexistence of binary medical issues such as anorexia and the obesity epidemic; and the effects of genetic engineering on food and consumption.
The study of the historical development of modern political Islam from the nineteenth century to the present. Topics include Islamic sectarianism, religious minorities and the state in the Middle East and debate on the compatibility of Islam and liberal democracy.
Prerequisite: Permission of Department Chair. Students register for this course while attending the Washington Center Program (TWC) and take a TWC class that focuses on international relations.
Prerequisite: Permission of Department Chair.
Students register for this course while attending the Washington Center Program (TWC) and take a TWC class that focuses on comparative politics.
Prerequisite: Permission of Department Chair.
Students register for this course while attending the Washington Center Program (TWC) and take a TWC class that focuses on American politics.
A comparative study of the role of women as political actors in western and non-western societies. Students will consider the role of gender in shaping political attitudes and perceptions, and the policy issues that affect women in political and daily life.
An in-depth examination of the history of the Arab?Israeli conflict, including a review of its historical, political, cultural and religious roots. This course also uses the Arab- Israeli conflict to address broader issues of international conflict and conflict resolution.
A study of major currents of social and political thought and their impact on American culture and institutions.
No more than 6 credit hours of electives for the minor may be at the 200 level (at least 6 hours of electives must be at the 300 or 400 level).