May 22, 2024  
USC Catalogue 2022-2023 
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Practical Politics Minor

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The Practical Politics Minor offers students a unique opportunity to study the theory and practice of American Democracy. The minor includes courses on campaigns, elections, political communications, legislative politics, and governing. Students will engage with faculty who possess a wealth of knowledge and experience in electoral politics and campaign strategy. The minor will help students develop a multitude of skills applicable to the job market, such as problem solving, polling, social media analytics, micro-targeting, research, writing and public speaking. Students will also complete an internship that will provide them with professional training and exposure to different careers. In addition, students can pursue courses through Maymester and the Dornsife in Washington D.C. program toward the minor.

The Practical Politics Minor complements many majors in the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences including economics; sociology; philosophy, politics, and law; and international relations, as well as majors outside of the college including communications; business and public policy.




The Practical Politics minor requires students to take five courses (20 units) from the following three categories. The minor requires 16 units of upper-division courses. Only 4 units of the 20 units may be fulfilled with a 100- or 200-level course.


Multiple sections of Applied Politics (POSC 323 ) and Practicum in the American Political Process (POSC 420 ) may be offered and can be counted toward the minor.

3. One course in Practical Experience from the following list (4 units):

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