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Minor in Politics
Philip Neisser, Chair
307 Satterlee, (315) 267-2554, firstname.lastname@example.org
18-20 credit hours required. Closed to Politics majors.
This minor affords students an opportunity to develop a fundamental understanding of the theories, methods and substance of politics.
All courses are 3 credits unless noted. Credits are divided as follows:
Required Courses: two of the following (Credits 7-8*)
POLS 110 Introduction to U.S. Politics (4 credits)
POLS 130 Introduction to Comparative Politics (4 credits)
POLS 140 Introduction to International Relations (4 credits)
POLS 200 Political Ideas (4 credits)
*All SUNY Potsdam Politics courses are 4 credits, but students can count one 3 credit lower-division Politics course taken at another college towards the Politics Minor if that course has been accepted for transfer and authorized as equivalent in content on the transfer credit evaluation.
Electives (Credits 11-12*)
Three 300 or 400 level courses, no more than two of which can be in the same sub-field of the discipline. The four subfields are U.S. politics, political theory, international relations, and comparative politics.
*All SUNY Potsdam Politics courses are 4 credits, but students can count one 3-credit upper-division Politics courses towards the Politics Minor if that course has been (a) taken at another college and accepted as equivalent in content for transfer, or (b) offered by another SUNY Potsdam department and cross-listed as an upper-division Politics course. Therefore, at least two of the limited electives must be courses taken in the SUNY Potsdam Politics Department.
- Theory Requirement: at least one of the courses taken to complete the minor must be a theory course. This means either Political Ideas (POLS 200) or a 300- or 400-level theory elective.
- Students must earn a minimum grade of 2.0 in all courses to be counted toward the politics minor.
- Only one course (4 credits) for the minor can be taken S/U.