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Department of Political Science

Minor in World Political Systems

Students on Summer 2018, Fall 2018, or Spring 2019 requirements WRPOLSYMIN
An understanding of how politics works in other societies—and reflects cultural and structural differences—is increasingly needed in today-s global marketplace. The Minor in World Political Systems provides instruction in the skills and substantive knowledge to understand the theory and practice of government in countries throughout the world. The minor encompasses such global policy issues as environmental management and conflict resolution.


The minor requires at least 18 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.
  1. Electives. Three (3) courses from the International and Comparative Politics area, one (1) course from the Political Theory and Policy area, and two (2) additional course from either area.
    • International and Comparative Politics
      • POLS-P 302 The Politics of Economic Crisis and Reform
      • POLS-P 303 Challenges of Democracy
      • POLS-Y 107 Introduction to Comparative Politics
      • POLS-Y 109 Introduction to International Relations
      • POLS-Y 332 Russian Politics
      • POLS-Y 333 Chinese Politics
      • POLS-Y 334 Japanese Politics
      • POLS-Y 335 Western European Politics
      • POLS-Y 336 South East Asian Political Systems
      • POLS-Y 337 Latin American Politics
      • POLS-Y 338 African Politics
      • POLS-Y 339 Middle Eastern Politics
      • POLS-Y 340 East European Politics
      • POLS-Y 341 Authoritarian Regimes
      • POLS-Y 342 Human Rights and State Repression
      • POLS-Y 343 The Politics of International Development
      • POLS-Y 345 Comparative Revolutions
      • POLS-Y 346 Politics in the Developing World
      • POLS-Y 347 German Politics
      • POLS-Y 348 The Politics of Genocide
      • POLS-Y 350 Politics of the European Union
      • POLS-Y 351 Political Simulations
      • POLS-Y 352 The Holocaust and Politics
      • POLS-Y 353 The Politics of Gender and Sexuality
      • POLS-Y 356 South Asian Politics
      • POLS-Y 360 United States Foreign Policy
      • POLS-Y 361 Contemporary Theories of International Politics
      • POLS-Y 362 International Politics of Selected Regions
      • POLS-Y 363 Comparative Foreign Policy
      • POLS-Y 364 International Organization: Political and Security Aspects
      • POLS-Y 366 Current Foreign Policy Problems
      • POLS-Y 367 International Law
      • POLS-Y 368 Russian and Soviet Foreign Policy
      • POLS-Y 372 The Analysis of International Politics
      • POLS-Y 374 International Organization
      • POLS-Y 375 War and International Conflict
      • POLS-Y 376 International Political Economy
      • POLS-Y 399 Politics of the United Nations
    • Political Theory and Policy
      • POLS-Y 211 Introduction to Law
      • POLS-Y 212 Making Democracy Work
      • POLS-Y 243 Governance and Corruption across the World
      • POLS-Y 249 Religion, Politics, and Public Policy
      • POLS-Y 281 Modern Political Ideologies
      • POLS-Y 349 Policy Making Around the Globe
      • POLS-Y 382 Modern Political Thought
      • POLS-Y 383 Foundations of American Political Thought
      • POLS-Y 384 Developments in American Political Thought
  2. Minor GPA, Hours, and Minimum Grade Requirements.
    1. At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
    2. At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    3. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the minor.
    4. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the minor—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.
    5. Exceptions to minor requirements may be made with the approval of the department's Director of Undergraduate Studies, subject to final approval by the College of Arts and Sciences.