Minor Requirements

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The Constitutional Studies minor requires 15 credit hours of class work:

One of minor’s two gateway courses (3 credit hours)

  • CNST 50001/POLS 30661, “Constitutionalism, Law, and Politics I: Constitutional Government & Public Affairs” (Sp '17 Syllabus)
  • CNST 50002/POLS 30665, "Constitutionalism, Law, and Politics II: American Constitutionalism" (Fa '16 Syllabus)
  • These courses addresses core topics in constitutional studies, such as, the history and philosophy of constitutional government and human rights and contemporary constitutional issues in American and international law.
  • Although encouraged, a gateway course does NOT need to be taken first

Three elective courses (total of 9 credit hours), which are grouped into the following clusters:

  • The American Founding and American Constitutional History
  • Constitutional Government and Public Policy
  • Comparative Constitutionalism and International Law
  • Constitutionalism: History and Philosophy

Capstone experience (3 credit hours)

  • Currently, an additional elective course will complete this requirement


These categories focus on the great political and constitutional debates in American and world history and on the underlying principles of constitutional government – natural and civil rights, social contract theory, the market economy, voluntary associations, separation of powers, popular sovereignty, and the rule of law. Look at the list of courses that will be included in the minor.