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Minor in Political Science

B.A. (Hons) and B.A. students in other disciplines who choose a Minor in Political Science will gain some exposure to the systematic study of politics and government that should help them in their academic studies, career, and as a citizen.

AdvantagesDisadvantages
  • Awareness of politics and government that is a useful complement to any Major
  • Increased familiarity with democratic principles and institutions
  • Considerable flexibility in selecting Political Science courses that interest you
  • Less knowledge of the scientific study of politics and government than a Major in Political Science
  • Usually not a consideration for employment opportunities or graduate school
  • Not eligible to pursue a concentration in Canadian Government or Global Studies

The Faculty of Arts has a number of requirements to qualify for a Bachelor of Arts, such as designating a Major, and completing core requirements including the completion of core requirements including English, second language, numeracy/science, humanities, social sciences and two designated "research/writing" courses (one of which may be POSC 2010). Refer to the MUN calendar for details.

While working towards a Minor in Political Science, you could opt to select courses that will allow you to also complete an academic certificate.

Instead of a Political Science Minor you could opt to take a Double Major. This would require completing the requirements for your Major and completing the requirements for the Political Science Major. You would no longer have a Minor. For example, instead of graduating with a Major in History and a Minor in Political Science, you could graduate with a Major in History and a Major in Political Science. Candidates may consult with the Head of the Department or its Undergraduate Advisor to receive advice on Political Science course selections.

To graduate with a Minor in Political Science, a candidate must have an average of 60% or better in courses required for the Political Science program (excluding 1000-level courses). A student receiving 55% or less on any Political Science course at the 2000-level or higher is expected to seek advice from the Department at the start of the next semester to ensure that adequate progress is being maintained.

Minor Requirements - Political Science

To obtain a Minor in Political Science, students must complete the general requirements for the degree, and at least 24 credit hours (eight courses) in Political Science, as follows:

  • 1000 Introduction to Politics and Government
  • 2800 Introduction to Canadian Politics and Government
  • At least one other 2000-level Political Science course
  • At least one Political Science course at the 4000-level
  • At least three other Political Science courses at the 3000-level or above
  • One other Political Science course

Candidates for a Minor are required to select courses as specified in the Political Science entry in the university calendar. A possible course pattern is presented in Table 3.

Table 3: Course Pattern for a Minor in Political Science (Example)

Year of StudyPolitical Science CoursesCredit Hours
1 st (Fall) 1000 3
1 st (Winter) 2800 3
2 nd (Fall & Winter) 2010*

One of 2100, 2200, 2300 or 2600

6
3 rd (Fall & Winter) 3010*

One other 3000-level

6
4 th (Fall & Winter) One 3000-level

One 4000-level

6
 

(*recommended choice)

Notes

Although not required, we recommend that Minor candidates complete 2010 Research and Writing in Political Science before the end of their second year, and that they complete 3010 Empirical Methods in Political Science.

A student who, prior to September 2009, had completed both of 1010 and 1020 but who had not yet completed a 2000-level course or above in Political Science, is exempted from the 1000 requirement.

"Grandfathered" students: Students who had completed at least one Political Science course at the 2000-level or higher before September 2009 ordinarily will follow the old degree regulations (see "grandfathered" students page) or may choose to opt in to the new regulations identified above.

Declaring a Minor in Political Science

Students interested in signing up, or "declaring", for a Minor in Political Science may do so at any time in their studies. Preferably this will occur by the end of the first year of studies and/or after having completed at least two courses in the subject, including POSC 1000.

Complete the Faculty of Arts' "Declaration/Change of Academic Program" form and return it to the Office of the Registrar (A-2003). We also recommend that Minor candidates complete the Political Science intake form ("grandfathered" students use another version) and discuss it with the department’s undergraduate advisor to help ensure that you are aware of courses requirements, to answer questions, etc.

Minor in Law and Society

Political Science Honours and Major candidates may be interested in the Law and Society interdisciplinary minor program. It includes some Law and Society courses as well as courses in Anthropology, History, Linguistics, Philosophy, Political Science, and/or Sociology. This is not a pre-law program although many students do go on to attend law school after completing their B.A.

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