Political Science Minor

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SPU’s Political Science minor is designed to help you to become the kind of citizen and leader who influences politics and public policy for good — no matter what your major or your chosen career. You’ll find just the right blend of classroom and hands-on training.


When you minor in Political Science, you begin to understand the interdependence of public policy, politics, and business. Study of political science is especially ideal for pursuing a career in law, public administration, government service, international affairs, journalism, teaching, or business.

Admission Requirements

Acceptance is based upon a minimum 2.0 GPA at SPU, and formal admittance to your primary major. The application is online in Banner and is available year-round.

Course and Degree Requirements

Courses in the Political Science minor cover topics such as political philosophy, government, law, public policy, geopolitics, and international relations. Review all of the requirements for a minor in Political Science.

To earn a minor in Political Science, you will need to take at least 30 credits, including 15 upper-division credits, with at least 15 credits earned at SPU.

Faculty Contact

Ruth Ediger

Associate Professor of Political Science
PhD, University of Nebraska

Email: ediger@spu.edu
Phone: 206-281-2937
Office: McKenna Hall 225


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