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Undergraduate Minor, Pic of Stanford Balloons


Students must complete their declaration of the minor on Axess no later than the fall of their Senior year. To receive a minor in Political Science, a student must complete a minimum of 30 unduplicated units. All units must be in courses listed or cross listed in the Department of Political Science.  All units must be for a letter grade of C or better to count towards minor requirements. 

Introduction Course

The student must enroll in Political Science 1, The Science of Politics, preferably in their freshman or sophomore year.  


The student selects a track in which four courses are taken.  These courses are at a more advanced level (numbered above 100) and should follow enrollment in POLISCI 1.  There are five track options: Data ScienceElections,  Representation, & GovernanceInternational RelationsJustice and Law, and Political Economy & Development.  Pre-approved cognate courses and petitioned courses may not count toward the track for the minor.

Additional Coursework

This may include courses within any of the five tracks within Political Science, a Political Science directed reading, petitioned course, or one course from the pre-approved cognate list.  A maximum of 5 units of directed reading may count if supervised by a member of the Political Science department.  Pre-approved cognate courses may be applied only to Additional Related Coursework.

Transfer Work

A maximum of 10 units of work completed outside Stanford may be given Political Science credit toward the minor for transfer students.  All such cases must be individually reviewed and approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Course Petition Form

If you want to transfer credit or apply a course not already listed in our pre-approved cognate course list from another Stanford department, directed reading, SIW, or Bing Overseas courses to your minor, you must complete a course petition form.

For more information or to declare your minor please contact Brenna Curtis or make an appointment.