POLITICAL SCIENCE MINOR

 

The Eberly College of Arts and Sciences announces an online minor in General Political Science. The purpose of this minor is to provide students with knowledge of Political Science.

 

Minoring in Political Science can also provide a very useful complement to students majoring in related disciplines such as Philosophy, Economics, Women's Studies, Geography, History, and Sociology/Anthropology.

 

Students will complete five courses, 15 credit hours. All courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher to receive the minor.

 

Select two courses (6 credit hours):

POLS 102. Introduction to American Government

3 credit hours
 

General survey of American national government and politics. This course is offered every fall and spring semester.

POLS 220. State and Local Government

3 credit hours
 

The legal basis, structure, politics and operation of state and local governments, in the content of the American federal system. This course is offered every fall and spring semester.

POLS 230. Introduction to Policy Analysis

3 credit hours
 

Examination of the causes and consequences of public policies. Substantive policies examined include: civil rights, housing, social services, environment, health, law enforcement, education, and taxation. This course is ONLY offered in the spring semester.

 

POLS 240. Introduction to Public Administration

3 credit hours
 

The development, organization, and processes in governmental administration in the United States. This course is ONLY offered in the fall semester.

 

Select three courses (9 credit hours):

POLS 317. Interest Groups & Democracy

3 credit hours
 

The role of interest groups in American politics, focusing on their distribution and internal dynamics, their involvement in campaigns and elections, their influence on public policy, and their place in a democratic system. This course is ONLY offered in the spring semester.

POLS 320. American Federalism & Policy

3 credit hours
 

Examines the history and philosophical justification of federalism, the relationships among the federal, state and local levels of government, and the contemporary debate over what those governmental relationships should be in America today. This course is offered every fall and spring semester.

POLS 321. West Virginia Government

3 credit hours
 

Organization and operation of the state government of West Virginia. This course is offered every fall and spring semester.

POLS 363. International Law

3 credit hours
 

Law governing relations among nations, including development of rules, means of enforcement, and conflict between theory and practice. This course is offered once each academic year in the fall OR the spring semester.

 

POLS491 and 493 courses may be included where appropriate - department approval required in advance.

 

For additional information contact Lucinda Potter at Lucinda.Potter@mail.wvu.edu. To register for online courses, contact WVU Online at (800) 253-2762 or email elearn@mail.wvu.edu.