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Minor in Political Science

Students must complete their declaration of the minor on Axess no later than the end of the junior year.

To receive a minor in Political Science, a student must complete a minimum of 30 unduplicated units. All units must be in courses listed or cross-listed in the Department of Political Science. A student may petition for a maximum of 5 units of directed reading which must be supervised by a faculty member in the department.

All units are for a letter grade. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 (C) is required for courses to count towards minor requirements.

Concentration—The student selects a subfield in which three courses are taken. One of these courses is the introductory course, the other two are at a more advanced level (numbered above 100). The concentration corresponds to one of the subfields the department already has in place, namely, American politics, international relations, political theory, and comparative politics.

Distribution—Three courses must be in the area of concentration, as specified above, for 15 units. An additional 10 units of intermediate and advanced courses (100 level or above) must be in two additional subfields. The final 5 units may be in any related subfield.

Transfer Work—A maximum of 10 units of work completed outside Stanford may be given Political Science credit toward the minor for transfer students. A maximum of 5 units of work completed in Stanford Summer Session or outside of Stanford for non-transfer students may be given Political Science credit toward the minor. All such cases must be individually reviewed and approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

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