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POLTHY-MIN - Political Theory


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Political Theory

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The Political Theory Minor provides a concentration of study for students interested in political, social, and legal philosophy or thought, often related to public discourses, practices, and laws. It recognizes the interdisciplinary character of political theory, which operates at the intersection of the humanities and social sciences. It focuses on critical issues of ethics and power in history and the present, along with major authors in the traditions of political philosophy and thought.

The minor program consists of at least 15 credits taken from the courses listed below, or others as approved by the minor program advisor. Students must take at least 6 credits in philosophy and 6 credits in political science, including PHILO 10600 (or another 100-level PHILO course, with permission of the Advisor) and POLSC 20000. At least 3 credits must be taken at the 300-level, and one course must be taken from each of the three Minor categories (listed below). No more than six credits that count towards the student’s major may be used to fulfill this Minor.