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Political Psychology Minor

School of Journalism & Mass Communication
Political Science Department
Psychology
College of Liberal Arts
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Contact Information
Department of Political Science, 1414 Social Sciences Building, 267 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55455-0410
  • Program Type: Graduate free-standing minor
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2022
  • Length of program in credits (doctoral): 13
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
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 such as psychology, political science, law, and sociology, as well as interdisciplinary fields such as mass communication and decision sciences. The minor's structured curriculum provides a foundation in basic areas of political psychology: social attitudes and cognition, judgment and decision making, group relations, personality and leadership, mass communication, public opinion, mass political behavior, and political socialization. In addition to providing a background in political psychology, the program trains students in the theory and methods useful to this field, such as content analysis, survey analysis, and experimental design. The faculty is drawn from across the University.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
Special Application Requirements:
Students interested in the minor are strongly encouraged to confer with their major field advisor and director of graduate studies, and the Political Psychology director of graduate studies regarding feasibility and requirements. Knowledge of quantitative methods, gained prior to or during the course of graduate studies, is strongly encouraged.
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
The minimum cumulative GPA for minor field coursework is 3.30.
Core Coursework (9 credits)
Take the following courses. Other courses may be substituted with approval of the Political Psychology director of graduate studies.
JOUR 8661 - Seminar: Mediated Political Communication in the Digital Age (3.0 cr)
POL 8311 - Political Psychology and Socialization (3.0 cr)
PSY 8201 - Social Cognition (3.0 cr)
Political Psychology Proseminars (4 credits)
Select 1 of the following proseminar sequences in consultation with the Political Psychology director of graduate studies:
POL 8307 - Proseminar in Political Psychology I (2.0 cr)
POL 8308 - Proseminar in Political Psychology II (2.0 cr)
or PSY 8211 - Proseminar in Political Psychology I (2.0 cr)
PSY 8212 - Proseminar in Political Psychology II (2.0 cr)
Program Sub-plans
Students are required to complete one of the following sub-plans.
Students may not complete the program with more than one sub-plan.
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JOUR 8661 - Seminar: Mediated Political Communication in the Digital Age
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Mediated political communication in the digital age. How news, advertising, and entertainment media shape political perceptions, motivate voters, and influence policy decisions. Agenda-setting, priming, and framing, networked communications, micro-targeting, and mobile technology.
POL 8311 - Political Psychology and Socialization
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to political psychology. Personality and politics; political cognition, emotion, and political behavior; political expertise; media and politics; aggression, authoritarianism, and political behavior; altruism and politics. prereq: Grad pol sci major or pol psych minor or instr consent
PSY 8201 - Social Cognition
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Social psychological theory/research on social inference and reasoning processes. Psychology of prejudice/stereotyping. prereq: Psych PhD candidate
POL 8307 - Proseminar in Political Psychology I
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: Pol 8307/Psy 8211
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Readings, discussion, and guest speakers. Topics vary by semester. prereq: Grad pol sci major or pol psych minor or instr consent
POL 8308 - Proseminar in Political Psychology II
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: Pol 8308/Psy 8212
Typically offered: Every Spring
Readings, discussion, and guest speakers. Topics vary by semester.
PSY 8211 - Proseminar in Political Psychology I
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: Pol 8307/Psy 8211
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Readings, discussion, and guest speakers. Topics vary each semester.
PSY 8212 - Proseminar in Political Psychology II
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: Pol 8308/Psy 8212
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Readings, discussion, and guest speakers. Topics vary each semester.