RIT students may complete a five-course minor in a specific discipline or interdisciplinary area. Completed minors will be noted on the student’s academic transcript. The Political Science Department offers three minors: American Politics, International Relations, and Political Science.


Minor in American Politics

Joseph Fornieri, Adviser
(585) 475-5889, jrfgsm@rit.edu

Sean Sutton, Adviser
(585) 475-4620, sdsgsm@rit.edu

A minor in American politics informs students about the structure and function of public institutions and prepares them for effective participation in the American political arena. See the College of Liberal Arts website for a list of courses in this minor.


Minor in International Relations

Nathan Dinneen, Adviser
(585) 475-6373, nxdgfm@rit.edu

Ryan Garcia, Adviser
(585) 475-4008, ryan.garcia@rit.edu

The international relations minor exposes students to the fundamental concepts and approaches of international relations. Issues of conflict, cooperation, continuity, and change are explained through a variety of subjects and cases. See the College of Liberal Arts website for a list of courses in this minor.


Minor in Political Science

Joseph Fornieri, Adviser
(585) 475-5889, jrfgsm@rit.edu

Sean Sutton, Adviser
(585) 475-2064, sdsgssm@rit.edu

The political science minor emphasizes the interdependence of domestic politics and international relations in the present age of globalization. The minor brings together components of American politics, international relations, and comparative politics to provide students with both national and global perspectives on politics. Perhaps most important, the political science minor seeks to help students make sense of the increasingly complicated political environment that confronts them in their role as citizens. See the College of Liberal Arts website for a list of courses in this minor.