The Minor Programs
There are four ways that students can complete a minor in political science at Creighton. The department offers minors in International Relations, Legal Studies, Political Science, and Public Policy.
Minors offer students the opportunity to develop substantial knowledge in areas outside their majors and achieve the second and third College learning outcomes listed in the College Bulletin.
Students may not pursue a specific combination of a major with a minor if all the required courses in those programs, as shown in their respective Programs of Study, share the same three-letter prefix. (For example, a student who is majoring in Biology may not minor in Biology, since both the major and the minor require only BIO courses; but a Biology major may minor in Biological Physics since that minor, which it includes BIO credits, also includes some PHY credits.) *The fact that a required course may be cross-listed in another program of study is irrelevant to this restriction.
A. International Relations Minor
The minor in international relations examines global governance. Among the core issues are international conflict, inter-state cooperation, growing global integration, the role of international institutions and global nonprofit organizations, and the development and extension of international law. This minor is recommended for those seeking employment in the US State Department, Department of Defense, International business, The United Nations, Homeland Security and global non-profits. Students completing the international relations minor must take PLS340 International Politics.
In addition they will be required to take fifteen (15) credits from the following courses: PLS341, PLS342, PLS343, PLS345, PLS347, PLS435, PLS440, PLS444, PLS472, PLS481 or PLS537.
B. Legal Studies Minor
The legal studies minor explores the role of the law in society. This includes a close look at legal history and philosophy as well as legal institutions at all levels of government. This minor focuses on one of the most important institutions of Western Civilization, and on particular contributions of American institutions, and, as such, its study makes an important contribution to the study of the liberal arts. Moreover, this minor is intended to help students reflect on and prepare for making career choices in fields such as law, court administration, law enforcement, and dispute resolution. Students completing the legal studies minor must take PLS337, PLS320, PLS367 and PLS537.
In addition they will be required to take two courses from the following: BUS201, HIS354, HIS355, JMC529, PHL440, PLS438, PLS439, PLS324, PSY363, SOC321, or SOC423.
C. Political Science Minor
The political science minor is designed for students seeking to supplement their primary major with coursework on politics. The minor provides students with an introduction to political science methodology, and it provides an overview of community decision-making at the local, national, and international levels. This will be useful to student as they pursue careers in business, journalism, medicine, law, and other fields. Students completing the political science minor must take PLS121, PLS215, and PLS310.
In addition they will be required to take three (3) additional courses in political science numbered 300 and above.
D. Public Policy Minor
The public policy minor examines how humans organize society and make collective choices. It focuses particularly on political actors and the institutions that humans use to implement public policy choices. Students with a public policy minor examine the policy process, substantive policy areas and the application of policy analysis tools and advocacy strategies in the contemporary political system. Students completing the public policy minor must take six (6) credits from the followings policy process area: PLS235, PLS320, PLS322, PLS324, PLS325, PLS326 or PLS328.
In addition, they will be required to take six (6) credits from the following policy skills area courses: PLS329, PLS333, PLS334, PLS335, PLS339, PLS341, PLS342, PLS372, PLS435, PLS436, PLS463 or PLS481.
Teacher Certification: Students who think they may teach social science in a secondary school, must consult with the Education Department, which the Political Science Department, and with the appropriate agency in the state in which you intend to teach.