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Minor Fields of Study

Minor in American Politics: Democracy and the Political Process

This minor is designed to provide students with an understanding of the institutions and processes involved in the formulation of demands made on the American political system and the responsiveness of the authorities in the system to these demands.

Competencies, Knowledge, or Skills to be Achieved:

Through the study of topics such as the formulation and expression of public opinion, the effectiveness with which political parties create and maintain broad-based governing coalitions, and the fidelity with which students should develop a solid grasp of the linkages between public opinion and public policy. Since democratic theory assumes the existence of this linkage, students completing the minor should have a solid understanding of the practice of American democracy. Since a number of courses in the minor require the quantitative analysis of data, students should also deepen their knowledge of the methods of the social sciences. The requirement that papers and reports be submitted should enhance mastery of the English language.

This minor is not approved for students majoring in political science.

Structure of the Minor:

1. Required Courses
PSCI 301 American Parties and Politics
PSCI 308 Public Opinion
PSCI 305 American Presidency or PSCI 306 Legislative Process

2. Electives (choose two)
PSCI 304 American Political Thought
PSCI 305 American Presidency or PSCI 306 Legislative Process
PSCI 307 Southern Politics
PSCI 309 Religion and Politics
PSCI 393 Scope and Method of Political Science
PSCI 396 Politics and the Media
PSCI 401 Political Issues and Public Policy
PSCI 403 Topics in American Government and Politics

Total Credit Hours Required - 15, of which 3 must be completed at The Citadel.

Minor in International and Military Affairs

This minor is designed to introduce students to the field of international and military affairs and provide them with a greater understanding of the international environment in which individuals, states, and organizations operate. The minor will include an introduction to international and comparative politics as well as at least one regional area of the international system. The program s flexibility allows students to expand their introduction to this topic through the completion of two electives in regional studies, macro-based political views of the international system, international economics, national security, foreign policy, or some combination of these categories.

Competence, Knowledge, or Skills to be Achieved:

The minor will require students to acquire and apply critical analytical skills in order to achieve an understanding of the international system and its complex array of components. The required courses in international and comparative politics require students to consider the functions and components of the international system as well as the ideological and political differences between individuals, states, and organizations which comprise this system. A regional course requirement presents students with a more detailed analysis of how other states govern themselves and operate within the international system. The electives allow students to apply their newly developed tools for international and military affairs analysis to other geographical regions, macro-based political issues such as international law or organization, or international economics. Critical thinking and systematic analysis in the required courses and electives will present students with these tools for further dissection of the international system, allow a greater appreciation for the complex world we live in, and prepare them for military, political, legal, or business careers on an ever increasing interdependent globe.

This minor is not approved for students majoring in political science.

Structure of the Minor:

1. Required Courses
a. PSCI 231 International Politics
b. PSCI 232 Comparative Politics
c. One Regional Course (see list)

2. Electives (choose two)
BADM 320 International Business
BADM 412 International Economics
PSCI 331 Introduction to International Law
PSCI 332 National Security Policy
PSCI 333 International Organization
PSCI 334 Problems in International Law and Organization
PSCI 335 Comparative and Defense Policies
*PSCI 336 East European and Central Asian Affairs
*PSCI 337 Far Eastern Affairs
*PSCI 338 Southeast Asian Affairs
*PSCI 339 Middle East Affairs
*PSCI 340 Latin American Affairs
*PSCI 341 African Affairs
PSCI 342 Political Ideology and Violence
PSCI 343 Introduction to Non-Western Studies
PSCI 431 American Foreign Relations
PSCI 443 Topics in International Politics
*Regional Course

Total Hours Required - 15, of which 3 must be completed at The Citadel.

Minor in Non-Western Studies

The minor in Non-Western Studies is designed to allow students to develop a multidisciplinary, directed course of study through which he will attain a well-rounded understanding of a regional (Asia, Middle East, Africa, Latin America) or functional (e.g., development, revolution) area.

Competencies, Knowledge, or Skills to be Achieved:

In addition to the before-mentioned benefits, students will have an opportunity to develop keener insight and appreciation for diversity. The current curriculum is highly Eurocentric; this program will not only allow minority students to learn about their origins, it will (perhaps more importantly) engage Euro-American students to widen their horizons. In addition, this specialization will prove especially beneficial for the student pursuing a graduate degree in such areas as International Business, International Studies, Comparative Literature, History, etc. It will also distinguish students entering military or other government service. No students are excluded from pursuing this minor. Students may not, however, use any course toward satisfying both the minor requirement and a specific or area requirement in their major.

Structure of the Minor:

1. Required Courses
Foreign Language through the 202 level (equivalent to 12 hours);
Introduction to Non-Western Studies (PSCI 343) (3 hours)

2. Electives
Four of any of the below from at least two disciplines:
HIST 417 PSCI 337 GEOG 311 BADM 412
HIST 451 PSCI 338
HIST 461 PSCI 339 LANG 303*
HIST 474 PSCI 340 LANG 304*
HIST 477 PSCI 341 LANG 320*
HIST 489 PSCI 342
PSCI 433 ANTH 202
Other: relevant Independent Study in any discipline; approved Senior Research Project or Internship; any relevant course taught
by departments as a Special Topic; any relevant literature and/or language course (Asian, African, Latin American, or Middle East).
*FREN, GERM, RUSS, or SPAN as appropriate.

3. Projected Course of Study:
Students will be required to file a declaration of intent with the Director of the program by the end of the first semester of the
junior year. This declaration will outline the projected course of study and will be approved by the Director. In addition to approving this projected course of study, the Director will assume responsibility for publicizing the program and for monitoring each student's progress toward fulfilling the requirements of the minor; in this latter capacity, the Director will be responsible for verifying that the student has met the requirements of the minor and for notifying the Records Office to that effect.

Total Credit Hours Required 15, of which 3 must be completed at The Citadel(plus 12 of language).

Minor in Law and Legal Studies

This minor is designed to introduce students in a systematic way to the American systems of civil and criminal justice, to provide an introduction to law and the legal system for students who are considering careers in law or criminal justice, and to provide an opportunity for students to undertake advanced law-related courses, grounded in a basic understanding of law and the criminal justice system.

Competencies, Knowledge, or Skills to be Achieved:

The minor introduces students to legal reasoning, to case analysis, and to legal terms and citations as well as theoretical matters. Aside from an understanding of the nature of the legal process, the minor seeks to develop each student s capabilities for critical thinking and systematic analysis.

This minor is not approved for students majoring in political science or criminal justice.

Structure of the Minor:

1. Required Courses
CRMJ 201 Introduction to Criminal Justice
PSCI 361 Law and Legal Process
PSCI 462 Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties

2. Electives (choose two)
PSCI 331 International Law
PSCI 392 Political Theory
PSCI 402 Politics of Bureaucracy
PSCI 461 Issues in Contemporary Constitutional Law
PSCI 463 Topics in Law and Legal Studies
PSCI 370 Police Systems and Practices
PSCI 499 Internship
CRMJ 202 Criminology
CRMJ 371 Criminal Law
CRMJ 373 Criminal Evidence
SOCI 201 Introduction to Sociology
ENGL 411 Writing in the Profession

Total Credit Hours Required - 15, of which 3 must be completed at The Citadel.