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Minor in Political Science


The Minor in Political Science offers a streamlined introduction to the key themes and fields of political science. The minor is flexible and pairs well with several majors across the College. Popular majors to combine with the POLS Minor include Economics, History, and WGSS (Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies), as well as all of the STEM majors like Psychology, NBB (Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology), and Human Health.

The Political Science minor includes a minimum of 7 courses and 23 credit hours. Students who declare a minor in Political Science will not be assigned an adviser. Students who require advising should consult with the Director of Undergraduate Studies and the Undergraduate Program Coordinator (Tarbutton 327). 

To declare a minor, please refer to the instructions on the Office of Undergraduate Education (OUE) website. If you have any questions or concerns about the minor requirements, please contact Amanda Hutson

Requirements & Procedures 

  • One course of elective credit (at least 4 credit hours) maybe satisfied with POLS 496: Internship, POLS 387: Directed Research (CLSS), or POLS 399: Directed Research in Political Science.
  • POLS 497: Directed Study credit may not be used to fulfill any of the requirements for the minor.
  • No course for the minor may be taken pass/fail (S/U).
  • No more than two courses (8 credit hours) may be satisfied with courses taken "away" from Emory. This includes, but is not limited to, study abroad credit, transient study, Washington and Bard semester programs, and transfer credit.

Students who minor in Political Science must complete the following courses: 

  • Any TWO 100-level introductory courses (POLS 100, 110 & 120)
  • A Political Theory course
  • One POLS elective at any level (100-400)
  • Three upper-level POLS electives (300+)

Students who minor in Political Science must complete the following courses: 

  • POLS 111: Principles of Political Science
  • A Political Theory course
  • One POLS elective at any level (100-400)
  • Four upper-level POLS electives (300+)