American Government as a Second Teaching Field Minor


This minor is designed for students intending to pursue a secondary education teaching license. Students may qualify for licensure if they complete all of the following: a major in an approved content area, the American Government as a Second Teaching Field minor, the Education minor, and the fifth-year student teaching experience. Students interested in becoming licensed educators should contact the Education Department about all requirements related to certification, including admission to the Teacher Education program.

Minor Requirements

21 credits

Students must complete a minimum of 20 credits in the following coursework.

Core Coursework (9 credits)

POE-110United States Political Economy

3 credits

POE-215Power and Policy

3 credits

POE-263Introduction to Political Economy

3 credits

Political Philosophy (3 credits)

Complete one course.

POE-250Introduction to Political Philosophy

3 credits

POE-255Introduction to Political Philosophy Through Plato

3 credits

International Politics (3 credits)

POE-120International Politics

3 credits

U.S. History Survey (6 credits)

Complete two courses.

HIS-204History of the Modern U.S.

3 credits

HIS-300The United States Since 1945

3 credits

HIS-301Vast Early America

3 credits

HIS-302*History of U.S. Foreign Policy (no longer offered)

3 credits

HIS-306*The American South Since 1865 (no longer offered)

3 credits

HIS-307The American West

3 credits

*HIS-302 and HIS-306 are no longer offered. Please see advisor for appropriate substitutions.


Upon successful completion of this minor, students will be able to:

1) Understand the relationships between civic life, politics, and government, including the civic responsibilities and rights of all individuals in the United States;

2) Understand the purpose and foundations of government and constitutional principles of the United States of America's political system;

3) Understand the organization of local, state, federal, and tribal governments, how power has evolved, and how responsibilities are organized, distributed, shared, and limited as defined by the Constitution of the United States;

4) Understand different forms of government throughout the world and the importance of international relations; and

5) Understand the role of elections, political parties, interest groups, media, and public policy in shaping the United States' political system.