• MTSU's Mock Trial team regularly places in the nation's top ten
  • MTSU attracts speakers such as former Congressman Jim Leach, now chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities
  • MTSU students expand their worlds with Education Abroad
  • Constitution Day brings James Madison out of the Honors College dean's office

Minors

Political Science  |  Public Administration  |  Paralegal Studies  |  International Relations  |  Political and Civic Engagement


Minor in Political Science

The Minor in Political Science requires 18 credit hours, including:

  • PS 1005 Introduction to American Politics
  • PS 1010 Introduction to Global Politics
  • 12 hours electives

Minor in Public Administration

The Minor in Public Administration requires 18 credit hours, including:

  • PS 1005 Introduction to American Politics
  • PS 3250 Public Administration

And 12 hours from the following:

  • PS 2020: State and Local Government
  • PS 3160: American Public Policy
  • PS 3400: Municipal Government
  • PS 3440:Governmental Budgeting and Finance Administration
  • PS 4120: Tennessee Government
  • PS 4290: Public Service Internship (maximum 3 hours)
  • PS 4590: Administrative Law
  • PS 4630: Personnel Management

Minor in Paralegal Studies

The Minor in Paralegal Studies requires 30 credit hours, including:

  • PS 2440: Law and the Legal System
  • PS 3530: Legal Writing
  • PLEG 3010: Litigation
  • PLEG 3410: Family Law
  • PLEG 3420: Torts

6 hours of electives chosen from the following courses:*

  • PS 4590: Administrative Law
  • PLEG 4010: Internship
  • BLAW 3400
  • BLAW 3430
  • BLAW 3450
  • BLAW 3460
  • BLAW 4420
  • BLAW 4470
  • BLAW 4490
  • BLAW 4500
  • RIM 3700
  • CJA 2400
  • CJA 3250

*Some of these courses may have prerequisites. Students minoring in these areas, may also count these courses toward their Paralegal Minor.

In addition, students must meet the following collateral requirements:

  • PS 1005: American Government and Politics
  • BCEN 1550 or 2330
  • INFS 2200

Student interested in the Paralegal Minor should contact an advisor in the Political Science Department as early in the academic careers as possible.

For a Paralegal Minor Checksheet click here.

Minor in International Relations

The Minor in International Relations requires the following courses:

  • PS 1005: Introduction to American Politics
  • PS 1010: Introduction to Global Politics
  • PS 3210: International Relations

and 9 hours of electives from among the following courses:

  • PS 2130: Model UN/Crisis Simulation (1 hour)
  • PS 3220: Comparative Politics
  • PS 3500: International Law
  • PS 3510: International Political Economy
  • PS 3780: Study Abroad
  • PS 3910: International Organization
  • PS 4030: Human Rights
  • PS 4180: African Politics
  • PS 4190: Middle East Politics
  • PS 4200: Problems in Government
  • PS 4210: International Conflict: Causes, Consequences, and Responses
  • PS 4220: World Politics
  • PS 4240: American Foreign Policy
  • PS 4260: The Political Status of Women
  • PS 4300: Comparative European Governments
  • PS 4310: Comparative Asian Governments
  • PS 4770: Russian Politics in International Relations
  • PS 4900: Latin American Politics
  • PS 4920: Modern Political Theory

Minor Political and Civic Engagement

The minor in Political and Civic Engagement provides students with an active, experiential program focused on gaining practical knowledge in different areas. Beyond foundation courses, students devote most of their time to participation in simulation, internships, study abroad, and community-based projects. For more information contact the Department of Political Science.

Requirements (effective Fall 2015):
Take two (6 credit hours) from the following:

  • PS 1005 Introduction to American Politics (if major is other than Political Science)
  • PS 3270 NGOs and Non-Profits
  • PS 3550: Democratic Participation and Civic Advocacy
  • PS 3430 Political Campaign Management

Take 12 credit hours from among the following courses:

  • EXL 2030 Civic Engagement Practicum (1-3 cr)
  • EXL 3020 Leadership Studies Practicum (1-3 cr)
  • EXL 3030 Civic Engagement Practicum (1-3cr)
  • PS 2100: Legal Courtroom Procedure (1 cr)
  • PS 2110: Moot Court (1 cr)
  • PS 2120: Mediation Procedure(1 cr)
  • PS 2130: Model United Nations/Crisis Simulation(1 cr)
  • PS 3780: Study Abroad (3-6 cr)
  • PS 4040: Pre-Law Internship (3cr)
  • PS 4270: Political Campaign Internship (1-6 cr)
  • PS 4280: The Washington Experience(12 cr)*
  • PS 4290: Public Service Internship(1-12 cr)*
  • PS 4360: Legislative Internship(12cr)*
  • PS 4950: Community-Based Research Practicum(1-6 cr)

* A maximum of 6 hours for any one of these internships may be counted toward the minor (if the internship is for 9 or 12 hours, it may be possible to apply the additional hours to your major). Discuss this with your faculty adviser.