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The Graduate Minor in Political Psychology

Political Psychology is a rapidly advancing field of scientific inquiry concerned with psychological aspects of political behavior. It encompasses a variety of interdisciplinary research perspectives, drawing on the theories and methods of core disciplines usch as psychology, political science, law, and sociology, as well as interdisciplinary fields such as mass communication and decision sciences.

The Graduate Minor in Political Psychology's structured curriculum provides a foundation in basic areas of political psychology: social attitudes and cognition, judgment and ecision making, group relations, personality and leadership, mass communication, public opinion, mass politcial behavior, and politcial socialization. In addition to providing a background in politcial psychology, the program trains students in the theory and methods useful to this field, such as content analysis, survey analysis, and experimental design.

Instruction is provided by faculty drawn from programs across the University, including Political Science, Psychology, and the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Student may be admitted from any doctoral program at the University of Minnesota.

Course Requirements

Students who enroll in the Graduate Minor are expected to complete a total 13 required credits of coursework. These requirements include:

  • Three core courses: POL 8311 (Politcal Psychology and Socialization; 3 credits), PSY 8301 (Social Cognition; 3 credits), and JOUR 8661 (Mediated Political Communication in the Digital Age; 3 credits)
  • Two semsters of the Proseminar in Politcal Psychology: pOL 8307 / PSY 8211 (Proseminar in Political Psychology I; 2 credits) and POL 8308 / PSY 8212 (Proseminar in Politcal Psychology II; 2 credits)

Students are also strongly advised to do a sequence of methods courses appropriate for their own research plans. Typically, this is the standard quantitative method sequence within the student's major field, but may included other courses depending on the student's research goals.

Additional information on the requirements for the Graduate Minor can be found on the University Catalogs page.