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Political Science Minor

Political scientists study government institutions and the political systems related to them. Students who minor in political science take courses that give them an understanding of the American political system, the political systems of other nations, and international politics. Fifteen of the 18 credits in this minor must be taken in core requirements; the final course is an elective of the student's choosing.  


At Lebanon Valley College, the political science program is oriented to the study of government and politics, with a particular interest in the political behavior of individuals, groups, and institutions. It also emphasizes an understanding of public policy processes in the domestic and international fields. The program is designed to provide a sound knowledge of essential principles and problems within a broad liberal arts education. It seeks to enhance the student's ability to analyze politics and to develop his or her values with respect to politics and government. Careers in political science are bridges to a wide variety of exciting and rewarding careers.

Minors in politics must complete 18-24 credits in the discipline.

Knowledge of the discipline (3 credits):

POL 200 Intro. to Political Science

Tools for effective U.S. citizenship. Two courses from the following options (6 credits):

POL 110 Architecture of American Power
POL 252 Public Admin & Crafting Policy
POL 256 Power of the People
POL 345 Philosophical Foun of Politics
POL 391 Special Topics in US Politics
An approved course in U.S. politics offered abroad

One of:
POL 101 Controvers in Contemp Politics
POL 230 Electing the President

One of:
LAW 215 Law and Government
LAW 316 Civil Liberties & Civil Rights
LAW 499 Seminar in Law

Tools for effective global citizenship. Two courses from the following options (6 credits):

POL 207 Europe in the 20th Century
POL 210 Comparative Politics
POL 245 Conceptions of Global Power
POL 392 Spec Topics in Global Politics
POL 499 Seminar in Politics

One of:
POL 312 American Foreign Policy
POL 313 Contemporary Global Security
POL 314 Global Politics Wealth & Pover

One of:
POL 275 Understanding Human Rights
An approved course in non-U.S. politics offered abroad

One additional course from the above options (3 credits).

Practicing politics.
One experience from the following (0-6 credits):

POL 380 EU Simulation
*POL 460 Undergraduate Research
POL 500/Honors in politics (6 credits)
A study abroad experience of at least four weeks’ duration
A conference presentation

One of:
*POL 400 Internship
*LAW 400 Internship

*Minimum of 3 credits required.