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Constitutional Studies, Minor

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Political science enjoys a central position among the social sciences. Aristotle characterized politics as the “queen of the sciences.” It is a broad discipline that encompasses philosophical, historical and analytical studies of governments, politics and policies. Political science students learn not only the concepts, theories and methods associated with the discipline, but also gain the cognitive and presentational skills required of tomorrow’s public and private leaders. At its core, politics is about building and maintaining communities at the local, state, national and international levels that enable citizens to live enriching and fulfilling lives. Political science students develop not only an understanding of those communities, but also the ability to influence them.

Total Program Credits: 21

Matriculation Requirements:  

To be admitted into the program, students must:

  1. Possess a 3.0 grade point average
  2. Complete 30 credit hours
  3. Complete POLS 1000 American Heritage or POLS 1100 American National Government
Discipline Core Requirements: 12 Credits
  POLS 3250 Introduction to Law and Politics 3
  CNST 4720 Foundations of American Constitutionalism 3
  CNST 4790 US Constitution 3
  CNST 4795 Civil Rights and Civil Liberties 3
Elective Requirements: 9 Credits
Complete three of the following courses for 9 credits: 9
  POLS 1020 Political Ideologies (3.0)  
  POLS 3300 Introduction to Public Administration (3.0)  
  POLS 4610 International Law (3.0)  
  ECON 4500 US Economic Development and History (3.0)  
  CNST 3870 Constitutional History to Plessy 1896 (3.0)  
  CNST3880 Constitutional History since Plessy 1896 (3.0)  
  HIST 3320 Modern Britain (3.0)  
  LEGL 4190 Constitutional Law (3.0)  
  CJ 4160 Constitutional Criminal Rights (3.0)  
  CNST 4730 Framing of the US Constitution (3.0)  
  CNST 2600 Comparative Constitutionalism (3.0)  
  or any other Coordinator or Chair approved courses.  

Graduation Plan

This graduation plan is a sample plan and is intended to be a guide. Your specific plan may differ based on your Math and English placement and/or transfer credits applied. You are encouraged to meet with an advisor and set up an individualized graduation plan in Wolverine Track.

Milestone courses (pre-requisites for a course in one of the subsequent semesters) are marked in red and Italicized.

Semester 1 Course Title Credit Hours
POLS 1100 American National Government 3
POLS 3250 Introduction to Law and Politics 3
CNST 4720 Foundations of American Constitutionalism 3
CNST 4790
U.S. Constitution 3
  Semester total: 12
Notes: POLS 1100 is a prerequisite to minor requirements. Must be completed prior to beginning the minor.
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
CNST 4795 Civil Rights and Civil Liberties 3
Elective Choose from List 3
Elective Choose from List 3
  Semester total: 9
  Degree total (with prerequisite): 21


History and Political Science

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