Political Science Majors and Minors

Majors and Minors

Asbury University is pleased to offer a major (42 credit hours) and minor (24 credit hours) in political science beginning in the fall of 2009. The 18 hours of core or foundational courses in the program focus on the ongoing American experiment in republican government, the basics of political economy, and the areas of international relations and comparative politics. All students in the major or minor will develop proficiency in these topics, and these core courses will be offered on a regular basis by the department.

Collegians who choose to MAJOR in political science will complete another 18 hours in an emphasis area, and will select from among three options.

  • American politics
  • Political philosophy
  • International affairs

The American politics emphasis will be built around upper division courses in aspects of government, culture, religion, and society in the United States. The political philosophy emphasis will build on courses offered by Asbury’s philosophy department, and that are tailored to emphasize political thought. The international affairs emphasis includes a related set of courses from Asbury’s history, economics, sociology, and communications programs, and that help students understand politics and culture across the globe.

In addition to the core courses and emphasis area courses, students in the major also complete a final 6 hours of elective political science courses.

Collegians who choose to MINOR in political science complete the 18 hours of core courses in the discipline, and then select 6 hours of elective courses in political science.

Course Requirements

Majors   |    Minors


Mix and Match…

Due to the versatility of political science, plus the structure of our programs, we expect students to be able to combine the study of politics with various other disciplines and programs across the University—and we strongly encourage this.

Programs that represent an especially good fit with political science include (but are not limited to):

  • History
  • Economics
  • Sociology
  • Social Work
  • Journalism
  • English