Majors, minors + certificates

Minor in Political Science (POLSMIN)Department of Political Science

Students on Summer 2020, Fall 2020, or Spring 2021 requirements.


The Minor in Political Science provides students an introduction to the theory and practice of government and politics, both in the U.S. and internationally. This minor offers a deepened perspective on many other majors offered at Indiana University.

Minor requirements

The minor requires at least 18 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.

  1. Area requirement. One (1) of the following options:
    • American Politics and Public Policy. Two (2) courses:
    • Comparative Politics and International Relations. Two (2) courses:
    • Political Theory and Methodology. Two (2) courses:
  2. Second Area Requirement. One (1) course from an area not used to complete the Area Requirement.
  3. Electives. Additional credit hours, as needed, to complete remaining requirements.
  4. GPA and Hours Requirements.
    1. Minor Residency. 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. Minor Upper Division Courses. At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    3. Minimum Grade. 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. Minor GPA. 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.