Minor in American Constitutional Democracy

For general questions about the minor, contact:

Justin Dyer, Program Director
(573) 882-3777
dyerjb@missouri.edu

Political Science Academic Advisor
(573) 882-2580
politicalscience@missouri.edu

The minor in American Constitutional Democracy is designed for those students who wish to delve more deeply into the American experience with self government, exploring the development of the American state and the intellectual, political, historical, and cultural forces that contributed to this development. The minor is appropriate for students in many majors, particularly political science, economics, history, and journalism.

The minor affords students a unique opportunity to gain a broad perspective on issues of American political development, allowing focus on areas where they may have additional educational requirements not offered in their chosen major field of study. In addition, it contains an “experiential” component that permits students to consider constitutional issues in practice and/or in comparative perspective.

Minor Requirements

A minimum of fifteen (15) credits are required for the minor. Students in the minor must maintain a B average (3.0 GPA) for courses in the minor.

A minimum of twelve (12) credits must come from the following courses. At least nine (9) hours must be completed at MU.

Additionally, a minimum of three (3) credits must come from an experiential component. The experiential component may be satisfied through participation in either an internship or study abroad program associated with the minor or approved by the director of the minor. 

The minor must be completed with courses from at least two (2) subject areas.

CL_HUM 3100The Age of Pericles3
ECONOM 4320History of Economic Thought3
ECONOM 4367Law and Economics3
GN_HON 2010HHonors Tutorial (The Affordable Care Act & the Consitutional Order)1-3
GN_HON 2010HHonors Tutorial (Arbitration and Liberty of Contract)1-3
GN_HON 2010HHonors Tutorial (Constitutional Interpretation)1-3
GN_HON 2010HHonors Tutorial (Crisis and Consitutional Government)1-3
GN_HON 2010HHonors Tutorial (The Inalienable Right to the Pursiut of Happiness)1-3
GN_HON 2010HHonors Tutorial (Liberal Democratic Legacy)1-3
GN_HON 2010HHonors Tutorial (Whitman's Democratic Legacy)1-3
HIST 1500Foundations of Western Civilization3
HIST 1540England Before the Glorious Revolution3
HIST 2004Topics in History-Social Science (Gender and the Law)3
HIST 2430History of American Religion3
HIST 3000History of Religion in America to the Civil War3
HIST 3210History of Religion in Post-Civil War America3
HIST 4000Age of Jefferson3
HIST 4060The Period of the American Revolution, 1760-17893
HIST 4100American Cultural and Intellectual History to 18653
HIST 4200American Cultural and Intellectual History Since 18653
HIST 4400History of American Law3
HIST 4510Crime and Punishment: Law in Classical Athens3
HIST 4515Power and Oratory in Ancient Greece3
HIST 4900Beltway History: American Constitutional Democracy in Theory and Practice3
HIST 4940Internship in History3
PHIL 4600Political and Social Philosophy3
PHIL 4610Philosophy of Law3
POL_SC 2800Liberty, Justice and the Common Good3
POL_SC 2860American Political Thought3
POL_SC 4004Topics in Political Science - Social Science (The Constitutional Debates)3
POL_SC 4004Topics in Political Science - Social Science (The Politics of Emergency)3
POL_SC 4130African-American Politics3
POL_SC 4150The American Presidency3
POL_SC 4170Politics of the American South3
POL_SC 4200The American Constitution3
POL_SC 4210Constitutional Rights3
POL_SC 4800Classical Political Theory3
POL_SC 4830Democracy in America (and Elsewhere)3
POL_SC 4840Developing Dynamics of Democracy3
POL_SC 4850Scots and the Making of America3
POL_SC 4900Beltway History and Politics: American Constitutional Democracy in Theory and Practice3
POL_SC 4940Political Science Internship3-6

Note: Students may petition the director of the minor to include a maximum of three (3) hours from a related course outside the Departments of Political Science and History. Outside courses may have additional prerequisites.