Minor in Political Science

A minor in political science can add depth to any major, for example:

  • For Public Health or Business majors, our minor can help students understand injustice and how political systems will impact their professional lives.
  • For Natural Science and Engineering majors, our minor can help students prepare for the ways their careers will require them to navigate complex relations of power.

Minor courses can be invaluable in providing a basic understanding of the law and how legal systems affect many aspects of our lives.  MInor students can develop analytical skills that complement studies of literature, history, performance, philosophy, and other branches of the humanities.


To minor in Political Science, students must complete:

  • An introductory POLS course at the 100- or 200-level (3 credits)
    • This course serves as the prerequisite for the following 300-level courses
  • 15 credit hours from 300-level or above, including one course from:
    • POLS 301: Hawaiʻi Politics (3)
    • POLS 302: Native Hawaiian Politics (3)
    • POLS 305: Global Politics/Comparative (3)
    • POLS 315: Global Politics/International Relations (3)
    • POLS 335: History of Political Thought (3)
    • POLS 375: Constitutional Law I: Institutional Power (3)
    • POLS 376: Constitutional Law II: Rights (3)
    • POLS 385: American Politics (3)
    • POLS 390: Political Inquiry & Analysis (3)
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For inquiries on undergraduate study, see Undergraduate Advising.