Minor Requirements

20 semester hours

Minors must have 16 distinct units.   

Students may minor in both International Relations and Political Science. Students who do so may only double-count one of the lower division courses and none of the upper division courses towards the minor.

Code Title Semester Hours
Lower Division Requirements
POLS 1400Comparative Politics4
POLS 1600International Relations4
Upper Division Requirements
Select one POLS Elective in International Relations or Comparative Politics4
Select two electives 18
Total Semester Hours20

courses with an international focus from POLS, ECON, SOCL, HIST, or EVST, or advanced methods course; see approved courses in Note 1

AP Scores

Students will receive credit for POLS 1200 or POLS 1400 if they receive a 5 on the related AP exam as follows:

Comparative Government and Politics -> POLS 1400
United States Government and Politics -> POLS 1200

Please note that if a student has a 5 for both exams, the department will only apply a maximum of one of those AP credits to replace one of our required lower-division major / minor requirements.

Additional Requirements

  1. An average grade of C (2.0) must be obtained in courses included in the major.
  2. Lower Division requirements must be met before pursuing upper division requirements.
  3. Students must take 2 semesters of the same second language or demonstrate proficiency [see Note 2], or engage in an international experience through study abroad [see Note 3].


Note 1:

In Politics: any upper division comparative politics or international relations course (taught by Drs. Cherif, Finkel, Fisk, Magni, Park, and Ramos). Other POLS courses with significant global perspectives or international politics course content may count towards the minor at the discretion of the faculty director, and in consultation with the professor.

In Economics:

Code Title Semester Hours
ECON 3410World Economic History4
ECON 3720International Finance Theory4
ECON 3750Global Poverty4
ECON 4740Economic Development4

In History: HIST 3XXX and 4XXX except 33XX, 34XX, 43XX and 44XX; these include

Code Title Semester Hours
HIST 3600Conflict and Genocide in Africa4
HIST 3702Women in Colonial Latin America4
HIST 3704Latin American Revolutions in Film4
HIST 4010Pirates and Piracy4
HIST 4200Early Modern Europe4
HIST 4205Europe in the Long Nineteenth Century4
HIST 420620th-Century Europe4
HIST 4215European Imperialism4
HIST 4225Gender and Sexuality in European History4
HIST 4250Modern Britain and the British Empire4
HIST 427220th-Century Eastern Europe4
HIST 4281Modern Russia, 1825-19914
HIST 4282Ethnicity and Empire in Russia4
HIST 4402Politics and Culture of the Cold War, 1917-19894
HIST 4510Star, Cross, and Crescent4
HIST 4520The Ottoman Empire4
HIST 4540The Palestine/Israel Conflict4
HIST 4640Colonial Africa, 1860-19804
HIST 4820Modern China4
HIST 4830Women in East Asian History4

In Sociology:

Code Title Semester Hours
SOCL 3370Sociology of Globalization4
SOCL 3371Gender and Global Migration4
SOCL 3998Special Studies1-4

Any other non-POLS courses must be approved by the faculty director prior to course enrollment.

Note 2:

Language proficiency will be assessed via the Modern Languages’ online placement tests. In the event the test is not offered, the student must go to a language department in a university that does offer that language and have an instructor there assess proficiency and provide a letter as evidence. Although Level 2 proficiency is the required minimum for the minor, we strongly encourage students to continue to more advanced levels.

Note 3:

The study abroad experience must be an LMU or LMU-approved semester or summer program, including the Washington Center. A summer program must be at least 6 semester hours. Ideally, this requirement should enhance a student’s language skills and cultural awareness that he, she or they is/are focused on at LMU. Only one course from study abroad may count towards the minor, in consultation with the faculty director. The IR director may approve an internationally-oriented internship in lieu of studying abroad on a case-by-case basis.