Minors & Certificates

Political Science Minor

Requirements:

To earn a minor in Political Science, you must complete at least 15 hours of Political Science courses

Pol Sc 1100: American Government (or transferable equivalent) is required

At least 6 hours must be taken at the 4000-level

At least 9 hours must be taken at MU

Minor forms need to be submitted before graduation. You do not need to wait until all courses are completed before applying for the minor.

American Constitutional Democracy—Certificate  

The Certificate in American Constitutional Democracy recognizes students who have engaged in the study of American political thought and history by completing twelve (12) hours of coursework from the list of classes approved for the certificate.

Students who complete the certificate are not required to complete an internship or study abroad experience.

Courses used to satisfy a major requirement may also count toward a certificate. Students may not receive credit for both the Certificate and Minor in American Constitutional Democracy.

The certificate form needs to be submitted before graduation. You do not need to wait until all courses are complete before applying for the certificate.

American Constitutional Democracy—Minor

The Minor in American Constitutional Democracy is designed for University of Missouri undergraduates of any major who wish to pursue an in-depth, interdisciplinary course of study that focuses on the philosophical foundations and historical development of constitutional government in the United States.

Requirements:

A minimum of fifteen (15) credits are required for the minor, and at least three (3) of those credits must come from an internship, study abroad class, or other approved experiential course. See the list of approved courses

Students may not use a course to fulfill both a major and minor requirement. In addition, the minor must include at least one course outside of the student’s major field.

Students may not receive credit for both the Certificate and Minor in American Constitutional Democracy.

Minor forms need to be submitted before graduation. You do not need to wait until all courses are completed before applying for the minor.

Strategic Studies Minor

The minor in Strategic Studies affords a unique opportunity to gain a broad perspective on security issues, allowing focus on areas where a student may have additional educational requirements not offered in their chosen major field of study.

The minor is appropriate for students of almost any major, particularly political science, economics, history, geography, journalism, and engineering.

The program is also well suited for students in Army, Navy, or Air Force ROTC, providing a solid background for officers encountering the changing strategic environment of the twenty-first century.

Requirements:

Fifteen (15) credits are required for the minor in strategic studies, selected from the following:

  • POL SC 4410: Politics and War
  • POL SC 4411: Genocide, Terrorism, and Civil War
  • POL SC 4412: Strategy and Warfare
  • POL SC 4540: American Foreign Policies
  • MIL SC 3160: Death by a Thousand Cuts: Counterinsurgency/Insurgency
  • MIL SC 3161: The American Experience in Vietnam
  • MIL SC 3162: Counterinsurgency in Asia
  • MIL SC 3163: U.S. Military History in the Western Tradition
  • HIST 4080: American Foreign Policy from Colonial Times to 1898
  • HIST 4250: U.S. Foreign Relations, 1898-1945
  • HIST 4260: The Age of Ascendancy: U.S. Foreign Relations, 1945 – Present

Of these, at least six (6) hours must be from political science courses and at least three (3) hours must be in another subject. Students in the minor must maintain a B average (3.0 GPA) for courses in the minor.

Students may not use a course to fulfill both a major and minor requirement. In addition, the minor must include at least one course outside of the student’s major field.

Minor forms need to be submitted before graduation. You do not need to wait until all courses are completed before applying for the minor.