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Social Sciences Minors

Students seeking minors in CHSS must receive a grade of C or better in all courses applied toward the minor and must meet all requirements of the chosen minor, including prerequisites for courses taken toward the minor. All minor programs in the Department of Social Sciences require at least 6 hours upper-level coursework in residence at UHD.


Minor in History (18 hours minimum)

  • Six hours of US History courses from the common core
  • Twelve additional hours of 3000/4000-level HIST courses

Minor in International Politics (18 hours minimum)

  • POLS 2303 United States Government I
  • POLS 2304 United States Government II
  • POLS 3308 Introduction to World Politics

Nine hours from among the following courses:

  • POLS 4305 War in the Modern World
  • POLS 4308 East and Southeast Asian Politics
  • POLS 4309 Dictatorship and Democracy in the Developing World
  • POLS 4310 International Terrorism
  • POLS 4312 Dictatorship and Democracy in Europe and the US
  • POLS 4314 US Foreign Policy since WWII
  • POLS 4316 Politics of the Middle East
  • POLS 4318 International Political Economy

Minor in Philosophy (15 hours minimum)

  • Six hours of 1000/2000-level Philosophy courses

Nine hours from among the following courses:

  • PHIL: Any 3000/4000-level PHIL course
  • HUM 3301 Foundations of Western Culture I
  • HUM 3302 Foundations of Western Culture II

At least six of the 15 hours must be taken at UH-Downtown.


Minor in Political Science (18 hours minimum)

  • POLS 2303 United States Government I
  • POLS 2304 United States Government II

Twelve additional hours of 3000/4000 - level Political Sciences courses



Minor in Psychology (18 hours minimum)

  • PSY 1303 Introduction to Psychology

15 additional hours, including nine hours of 3000/4000-level courses, from among the following:

  • PSY Any PSY course
  • SOS 2308 Human Sexuality
  • SOS 3301 Social Gerontology
  • SOS 3304 Death and Dying
  • SOSE 3320 Assessment and Evaluation of Adolescents and Children

Minor in Public Policy and Administration (18 hours minimum)

  • POLS 2303 United States Government I
  • POLS 2304 United States Government II
  • POLS 3301 Introduction to Public Administration

Nine hours from among the following courses:

  • POLS 3300 Ethics in Public Life
  • POLS 3302 Public Policy Analysis
  • POLS 3303 Urban Politics
  • POLS 4307 Participation and Democracy in American Politics
  • POLS 4315 Education Policy and Administration
  • POLS 4317 State and Local Government
  • POLS 4319 Non-Profit Organizations in American Society

Minor in Quantitative Methods in Research (18 hours)

Group A: Lower Level Preparatory requirements (6 hours)

  • SOS 2304 Research Methods in the Social Sciences
  • MATH 1305 Finite Mathematics with Applications

Group B: Upper-Level Course work (9 hours)

  • STAT 3310 Statistical Analyses and Applications II
  • Select two of the following:
  • STAT 4306 Mathematical Models and Computer Simulation
  • STAT 4307 Time Series
  • STAT 4309 Design and Analysis of Experiments
  • STAT 4310 Applied Regression
  • PSY 4308 Psychological Assessment

Group C: Select one of the following (3 hours)

  • PHIL 2303 Logic
  • PHIL 4315 Symbolic Logic
  • PHIL 3302 Philosophy of Science
    SOS majors seeking this minor will need the following courses as part of their regular degree:
  • MATH 1301 serves as a prerequisite for most of the courses in this minor.
  • SOS 3312 or MATH 3309 may serve as prerequisites for MATH 3310.
  • SOS 3312 Statistics in the Social Sciences (this cannot count toward minor because it is a required upper-level course)

Minor in Sociology (18 hours minimum)

  • SOC 1303 Introduction to Sociology

15 additional hours, including nine hours of 3000/4000-level courses, from among the following:

  • SOC any course
  • SOS 2308 Human Sexuality
  • SOS 3301 Social Gerontology

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