Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from this program will:

  • critically evaluate their political and social environment.
  • obtain an understanding of the workings of government and politics.
  • develop skills in critical thinking, analysis and communication.


A minor in political science requires the successful completion of 18 hours of coursework within the discipline. At least 9 hours must be at the 300- to 400-level. In addition, at least 9 hours must be earned at UMKC. Only courses in which a grade of C- or better is earned will count towards the minor. It is advisable for students to talk with the department advisor regarding course selection as some are offered on a rotation basis.

American Politics
Political Behavior
Parties and Interest Groups
Public Opinion
Politics In The American States
Public Policy
Political Psychology
Campaigns And Elections
Social Networks in Politics
The Politics Of Social Security
Constitutional Law: The Federal System
Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties
Labor, Politics and Society
Labor Law
Presidential Politics
Congressional Politics
Judicial Politics
Presidential Power: foundations, Growth, Issues
Comparative Politics
Politics of Developing Countries
Terrorism And Political Violence
Western European Politics
Latin American Politics
Congress and Parliaments
British Politics
Politics Of The Middle East
Seminar in Comparative Politics
International Relations
International Relations
American Foreign Policy
Global Issues in a Changing World
Latin America and International Relations
Conflict Resolution and Cooperation
International Politics In Europe
Concepts in International Relations
Political Theory
Western Political Philosophy
Political Ideology
Contemporary Political Thought
American Political Thought