UMass Boston

Political Science Minor

Explore the Complex Dynamics of Government & Politics.

Are you curious about how governments function? Are you interested in addressing societal challenges? Consider pursuing a Political Science Minor. 

UMass Boston’s Political Science Minor provides you with valuable insights and skills to critically examine political issues and formulate compelling arguments. You’ll learn about political institutions, processes, policies, and problems that politicians face. You’ll develop both factual and analytic knowledge so you can evaluate political events at the local, national, and international levels.

Our Political Science Minor program opens doors to career opportunities in government, law, public policy, international relations, and more.

Expand Your Studies

How to Apply/Declare

Current Undergraduate Students: Declare or change your minor by completing an Undergraduate Program Add/Change form.

Prospective Undergraduate Students: Apply for admission to UMass Boston by completing an application. Start by reviewing the first-year and transfer application pages for important information about requirements, deadlines, and application status checks. Use the links below to apply: 

Apply as a First-Year Student

Apply as a Transfer Student


Introductory Courses (6 Credits)

  • POLSCI 101 - Introduction to Politics 3 Credit(s)
  • POLSCI 102 - Government and Politics of the United States 3 Credit(s)

Electives (12 Credits)

Take four additional political science courses. At least two courses must be at 300-level or higher. First-year seminar courses may not be applied toward this requirement.

Completion Requirements

Complete 18 credits from six courses, including two introductory courses and four electives.

Residency: At least three courses for the minor must be completed at UMass Boston.


Political Science Department 
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