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The minor in Political Science may serve a variety of purposes and objectives. For students in majors where your intended career is increasingly involved with governmental regulation or policy (e.g., Business, Engineering, Education, Agriculture, Public Health), a minor in Political Science will help students gain helpful knowledge  about how various organizations interact with, or are impacted by, political institutions and public policy. For students majoring in a related social science discipline, a Political Science minor may provide needed breadth to better understand your own field. Finally, we expect that some students may engage in a Political Science minor to help them make sense of an increasingly complicated political world that confronts them in their roles as citizens.


To complete the minor in Political Science, you must:

  • Complete one 100-level Political Science course.
  • Complete four upper-level (200 or above) Political Science Courses of which at least two must be at the 300-level.

++At least three of the five courses must be completed within the UMass Amherst Department of Political Science (only 2 courses can be transfer courses).

++The overall GPA for UMass Amherst Political Science courses counted toward the minor must be at least 2.0.

How do I declare a Minor?

Nothing needs to be done to designate you as a minor in Political Science in advance of completing the requirements for the minor.

After you have satisfactorily completed the course requirements, or in the semester in which you are taking the last of the courses necessary to satisfy the minor requirements, make an appointment to meet with a Political Science Academic Advisor in Thompson Hall (make an appointment here). The advisor will help you fill out the Minor Declaration Form and your minor will be recorded in Spire when all coursework is complete.