In addition to an undergraduate major, students may choose a minor in another subject. While not required, minors can help you demonstrate a more well-developed expertise and particular focus within your studies.
Mason offers more than 135 minors in a range of cutting-edge subjects. Within the Schar School, you can pursue one or more minors to supplement your major:
Minor in International Security
The minor in international security provides students with the theories and background to understand the institutions and processes of international security, as well as critical international security issues such as terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, and war.
Minor in American Government
The minor in American government develops knowledge of the principles, institutions, and behaviors of the American political system.
Minor in Global Systems
The interdisciplinary minor in global systems is designed to complement virtually any undergraduate major. It works well for majors in business disciplines, economics, languages, geography, government and international politics, history, and other disciplines that take a global view.
Minor in International and Comparative Studies
This minor increases students’ awareness of the regions and current issues of the world on theoretical and practical levels.
Minor in Legal Studies
The minor in legal studies focuses on the constitutional foundations, interpretation, processes, and functions of domestic and international law.
Minor in Political Philosophy
The Political Philosophy minor provides students with an intensive study of political philosophy and political theory. Students take courses in the history of political philosophy; the moral evaluation of political institutions; the ethical, social, and political issues raised by globalization; and the conceptual foundations of democracy and human rights. Through this coursework, students are able to study this field from a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives. They develop a deeper philosophical perspective on political institutions and have a solid foundation for further graduate study in philosophy, government, or policy studies.
Minor in Public Policy and Management
This minor introduces students to the theory and process of policy formulation and implementation in the political and governmental arena.
Minor in Urban and Suburban Studies
Focusing on three main areas – environment, culture, and economy – this minor prepares students for a career in the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area for local or regional government and nonprofit careers unique to the region.