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Minor in Political Science Teaching
(21 hours*)


This minor is designed to prepare students to teach in public schools. A teaching minor may only be received by students graduating with a teaching major. In order to graduate with this minor, students are required to complete Utah State Office of Education licensing requirements. To view these requirements go to http://education.byu.edu/ess/licensing.html or contact Education Student Services, 350 MCKB, (801) 422-3426.

Program Requirements

  1. Grades below C- in professional education courses or content courses will not be accepted in the teaching major or teaching minor. Teacher candidates must have a cumulative 2.85 GPA in teaching major and teaching minor courses to qualify for student teaching.
  2. Complete the following:

  3. Complete one course from the following:
  4. Complete one course from the following:
      POLI 202 : Western Political Heritage 2. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      POLI 202 : Western Political Heritage 2. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      OFFERED: Honors also.
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring Contact Department; Summer Contact Department
      DESCRIPTION: Western civilization from Renaissance to present, primarily from perspective of political philosophy; exploring fundamental questions in human experience; examining formative events in history; understanding value of important texts.
      NOTE: This course is part of a GE Mosaic. See ge.byu.edu/mosaic-list for more information.

      Course Outcomes


      PHIL 202 : History of Philosophy 2. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      PHIL 202 : History of Philosophy 2. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      OFFERED: Honors also.
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring Contact Department; Summer Contact Department
      DESCRIPTION: Western civilization from Renaissance to present, primarily from perspective of philosophy; exploring fundamental questions in human experience; examining formative events in history; understanding value of important texts.

      Course Outcomes


  5. Complete one course from the following:

  6. Complete one course from the following:
  7. Complete one additional political science elective (300-level or above).
  8. Complete the following:
      HIST 477 : History and Social Science Teaching Methods and Instruction. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      HIST 477 : History and Social Science Teaching Methods and Instruction. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
      PREREQUISITE: SC ED 276R; Fingerprinting and FBI clearance.
      DESCRIPTION: Developing meaningful and engaging instruction for secondary students; developing critical thinking, problem solving, literacy, and democratic character; assessing learner performance.
      NOTE: Check with  Hist 477 instructor for specific prerequisites for the major or minor program.

      Course Outcomes


      HIST 478 : Practicum in Secondary Education. (1:0:3)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      HIST 478 : Practicum in Secondary Education. (1:0:3)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
      PREREQUISITE: SC ED 276R; Concurrent enrollment in Hist 477 or comparable major course.
      DESCRIPTION: Implementing meaningful and engaging instruction for secondary students; developing critical thinking, problem solving, literacy, and democratic character; assessing learner performance.

      Course Outcomes


  9. Poli 101 and 297 cannot be counted toward the minor.
  10. Students scoring a 4 or 5 on the American Government and/or Comparative Government AP exams may substitute AP credit for Poli 110 or Poli 150, respectively. However, they are required to take at least one upper-division elective in each subfield in which they substitute AP credit for American Government and Politics or Comparative Government and Politics.

*Hours include courses that may fulfill university core requirements.



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