Minors

Minor Requirements

Students who minor in political science must take five courses, 20 units in political science. Students can either pursue course work in a traditional subfield (American politics, comparative politics, law and public policy, or political theory) or in a specific issue area of concentration (civil liberties and human rights, race, ethnicity, and gender, urban political problems, Asian politics, etc.).

Those who focus their studies on a traditional subfield must take the lower-level introductory course in that subfield: POSC 100 Theory and Practice of American Democracy (American politics); POSC 110 Ideology and Political Conflict (political theory); POSC 120 Comparative Politics (comparative politics) or POSC 130 Law, Politics and Public Policy (law and public policy).
Students pursuing the minor must also take four upper-division courses, three of which must be in the chosen subfield. Students choose from a predetermined list of courses divided by subfield in consultation with and approval of the department undergraduate student advisor.

Those who pursue a specific issue area of concentration are required to take the department designated gateway course, POSC 120 Comparative Politics, and at least three upper-division courses in the issue area of concentration. A fourth upper division course must be taken in the issue area of concentration or a complementary area. The upper division courses are chosen in consultation with and approval of the department undergraduate student advisor.

Requirement can change and the USC Course Catalogue should be the official source for the most up to date information. 
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Law and Society Minor

This interdisciplinary program focuses on the effect of law on society as well as the ways in which social forces influence the legal system. The idea is that we will understand the law if we look beyond "law on the books" to "law in action." Thus, it is important to study key legal institutions such as the legal profession, the judiciary, juries, the police, legislatures, and administrative agencies. In addition, the minor introduces students to legal policies like plea bargaining, the death penalty, and the constitutional principles that underlie political debates about these policies, e.g., equal protection, due process, and privacy.

Total Requirements: Seven Courses (28 units)

Basic Requirement (4 units)
POSC 130 must be taken by all minors

Upper Division Political Science Requirement (12 units)
Choose one course from each category

Constitutional Law (4 units)
POSC 340, POSC 426, POSC 444

International Law (4 units)

POSC 345, POSC 448a

Policy Analysis (4 units)
POSC 333, POSC 347, POSC 395, POSC 432, POSC 435, POSC 436, POSC 440, POSC 441m, POSC 442m, POSC 443, POSC 448B, POSC 452

Elective Requirements (12 units, 16 units for POSC Majors)
Choose one course from each category. Please note: non-political science majors must take at least one upper-division elective course. At least three elective courses must be upper-division for political science majors.

Humanistic/ Historical (4 units)
PHIL 340, PHIL 430

Sociology (4 units)
SOCI 351, SOCI 353

Other (4 units)
ANTH 345, COMM 421, ECON 434, PSYC 355, LAW 200x 

POSC Majors must take one additional, non POSC elective from the choices above (4 units).
As with all university minors, at least 4 courses must be unique to the minor (not filling any requirement for an additional major or minor, or any general education requirement other then diversity).

*Courses for this minor are often offered only during one semester each year so be sure to plan ahead*
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Human Rights Minor

The protection of human rights has become a matter of international concern. Despite widespread media coverage of violations, flagrant abuses occur daily, throughout the world. The human rights minor provides students with in-depth knowledge about various human rights. Drawing together classes from a range of departments in and outside the College of Letters, Arts and Science, this interdisciplinary minor will cover the theoretical foundations of human rights, the historical and current developments, case studies and policies. Furthermore students will be required to take their learning outside the classroom through an internship or by teaching human rights in the community, and will be encouraged to join relevant student organizations. Students take one core course in human rights, POSC 448a The Politics of Peace: Human Rights. In addition, the minor requires two courses dealing with international human rights, one domestic human rights related course, and an approved internship, teaching human rights in the community, or independent project through the Department of Political Science.

Minor Requirements: Five Courses (18 Units)

Basic Requirement (4 units)
POSC 448a must be taken by all minors

International Human Rights Issues (8 Units)
Choose two
POSC 366, POSC 440, POSC 456, IR 310, IR 315, IR 316, IR 318, IR 325, ANTH 330, HIST 456, HIST 365, PPD 382, REL 335

Taking Action (6 Units)
Choose one from each category

Domestic Human Rights Policy and Social Change (4 Units)
POSC 333, POSC 380, POSC 441m, POSC 444, FREN 370m, PPD 342, PPD 439, SOCI 356m, SOCI 360m, GERO 435m, JOUR 466, COMM 412

Community Involvement (2 Units)
POSC 395, POSC 490x (requires departmental approval)

*POSC majors must take four courses (16 units) outside of the Political Science Department for a total of 22 units.*

As with all university minors, at least 4 courses must be unique to the minor (not filling any requirement for an additional major or minor, or any general education requirement other than diversity).
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Race, Ethnicity, and Politics Minor 

One hundred years ago, African-American intellectual W.E.B. DuBois famously identified the problem of the 20th century as "the problem of the color line." Since then, America has witnessed great changes in terms of race relations, especially in the realm of politics. Further, the role of race in the political sphere has become more complicated with large-scale migration and globalization trends that foster multiple and overlapping racial identities, new policy challenges, potential conflicts, and new possibilities in terms of coalition building between different racial and ethnic groups. We may either condemn or applaud the political response to these issues, but there is little doubt that students need to be able to assess critically the role that race plays in American politics and the world today. The interdisciplinary minor in Race and Politics helps students to analyze and critically evaluate contemporary race relations and how race matters in politics today. 

Minor Requirements: Total Requirements-Five Courses (20 units)

Basic Requirement (4 units)
POSC 421 must be taken by all minors

Upper Division Political Science Requirement (8 units)
Choose one course from each category

Race and Gender in a Global Context (4 units)
POSC 350, POSC 351, POSC 352, POSC 354, POSC 356, POSC 358, POSC 430, POSC 431, POSC 452, POSC 456, POSC 464

Comparative Racial Politics (4 units)
POSC 320, POSC 328, POSC 424m, POSC 427, POSC 428, POSC 441m, POSC 442m, POSC 444

Elective Requirements (8 units)
Choose one course from each category

Social/ Historical (4 units)
SOCI 142gm, SOCI 155g, SOCI 342m, SOCI 432m, HIST 265g, HIST 318, HIST 341, HIST 347, HIST 357

Racial Formation (4 units) 
AMST 301g, AMST 320, AMST 365, AMST 385

POSC Majors must take four courses from the elective requirements section (16 units total). At least three must be upper division courses.

As with all university minors, at least 4 courses must be unique to the minor (not filling any requirement for an additional major or minor, or any general education requirement other then diversity).
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Political Organizing in the Digital Age Minor

The digital environment is changing the face of political organization, both in domestic American electoral politics and in the methods used by transnational social movements to call attention to problems around the globe. Howard Dean's use of the internet to fund his 2004 presidential campaign has made other candidates aware of the political power of the web in fundraising and grass-roots orchestration of local (and "global") events. This minor should be of interest to students majoring in International Relations, Political Science or other programs who plan to use technology to affect contemporary national and international affairs.

Minor Requirements: Total Requirements-Five courses (20 units)

Choose one course from each of the following categories:
I. Domestic Political Organizing (4 units)
POSC 315, POSC 335, POSC 422, POSC 424, POSC 437
II. Transitional Social Movements (4 units)
IR 305, IR 306, IR 324, IR 371
III. New Technologies in Organizing (4 units)
ITP 304
IV. The Context of Political Organizing (4 Units)
COMM 321, COMM 489, IR 308, IR 325, IR 330, IR 440, POSC 300, POSC 345, POSC 371, POSC 372, POSC 427, POSC 428, POSC 451, POSC 456
V. Capstone Class (4 units)
The class allows students to engage more deeply in one of the contributing areas of study COMM 487, IR 327, ITP 413x, POSC 395

As with all university minors, at least 4 courses must be unique to the minor (not fulfilling any requirement for an additional major or minor, or any general education requirement other then diversity)
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