Add value to your degree by completing an academic minor in Political Science or Law and Justice. Develop your critical thinking skills and your knowledge of political systems, laws, criminal justice and more.

Minor in Political Science

A minor in Political Science will hone your critical thinking skills and substantive knowledge of public sector institutions and processes. It is excellent preparation for graduate study in political science, public administration or law. You will learn how laws are created and enforced, explore the diversity of political cultures and examine global dynamics and challenges.


  • Completion of 15 hours of political science courses.
  • A grade of “C” or better in each course.
  • A maximum of one course may be used (double-counted) toward both departmental major requirements and minor requirements.
  • note: no courses for the minor may be taken for S/U credit.

Required Courses


Elective Courses

(9 hours)
Choose 3 political science courses at the 300-level of higher.

(3 hours)
Choose 1 seminar course (3 hours) which must be a 400-500 level course listed with an “S” after the course number, or any 498 or 598 course with the word “seminar” in its title, or other course designated as a seminar for a given semester.

(3 hours minimum)
Choose a minimum of 1 course (3 hours) selected from two of the following three pairs of sub-fields:

  • Pair A: American politics/policy & administration
  • Pair B. International affairs/comparative politics
  • Pair C: Political theory/social scientific methods

(courses in Pair A have a middle digit of 0 or 1; courses in Pair B a middle digit of 3 or 4; and courses in Pair C a middle digit of 6 or 7)


Students may declare their intention to complete the political science minor by consulting with Shannon Carey as listed below.


The Political Science Advisor's will certify the minor prior to graduation. The minor must be completed no later than the semester in which the student expects to graduate from his or her degree program. Paperwork for certification should be completed no later than during the registration period for the student’s final semester at NC State.

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Minor in Law and Justice

A minor in Law and Justice will expand your understanding of public law, criminal justice and political theory. It develops an understanding of the interplay between law and politics, of the administrative dimensions of law enforcement and criminal justice processes, and of the legal and theoretical dimensions of political life. It provides a valuable foundation for graduate and professional education in law, political science, and criminal justice.


To complete the Law and Justice Minor, a student must complete 15 hours of course work with grades of C- or better and with a cumulative average of 2.0 in that course work. Those 15 hours must include five (5)  courses selected from the elective course list, and one of those five courses must be a 400-level or above senior seminar. Seminar courses are marked each semester in the Schedule of Courses by a head note.

A maximum of one course may be used (double-counted) towards both departmental major requirements and minor requirements.

Note: No courses for the minor may be taken for S/U credit.

Elective Courses

  • PS 204 Problems in American Democracy
  • PS 305 The Justice System
  • PS 307 Introduction to Criminal Law
  • PS 308 United States Supreme Court and Public Policy
  • PS 309 Equality and Justice in American Law
  • PS 320 Environmental Law and Politics
  • PS 335 International Law
  • PS 361 Introduction to Political Theory
  • PS 362 American Political Thought
  • PS 415 Administration of Justice
  • PS 418 Gender Issues in Law and Policy
  • PS 445 Comparative Systems of Law and Justice
  • PS 462 Seminar in Political Theory
  • PS 506 United States Constitutional Law
  • PS 507 Civil Liberties

Admissions and Certification of Minor

The minor will be administered by an advisory committee consisting of four members of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration. The members are Shannon Carey, Sanford Kessler, Robert Moog and Traciel Reid. Kessler, Moog and Reid are all faculty members who teach the department’s political theory, public law and criminal justice courses. 

Contact Person

Political Science Advising