Minor in Politics

Contact Person:
Philip Neisser, Chair
307 Satterlee, (315) 267-2554, neissept@potsdam.edu

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:
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   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 sub-fields are U.S. politics, political theory, international relations, and comparative politics.


  1. 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.
  2. Students must earn a minimum grade of 2.0 in all courses to be counted toward the politics minor.