Interdisciplinary Minors

The Department of Political Science collaborates in several interdisciplinary minors for undergraduate students. These cross-departmental programs can serve as a complement to the Political Science major.

Constitutional Studies

This minor is designed to encourage students to confront fundamental questions concerning justice, the rule of law, and human flourishing. Courses approach these topics from a variety of historical, cultural, disciplinary, and philosophical perspectives. Learn more at
Location:  336 O'Shaughnessy Hall
Director: Vincent Phillip Muñoz  /  /  (574) 631-0489
Administrative Assistant:  Jennifer Smith  /  /  (574) 631-5351

Hesburgh Program in Public Service, a public policy minor

For information about the Hesburgh Program in Public Service, please contact Claudia Anewalt (  You are also welcome to drop by the Hesburgh Program Office in 337B O'Shaughnessy.  (574) 631-5018

Philosophy, Politics, and Economics

This minor is designed for students with serious interests at the intersection of political theory, political philosophy, and economic theory. It aims to help students acquire some fluency in each of the disciplines, as well as provide a forum where all three disciplines can be brought to bear on common problems.

The PPE minor is 15 credits, including the 3-credit Justice Seminar, which is the core course of the minor and is required of all concentrators. The minor is open by application only; any student who wishes to take the Justice Seminar must complete the application for the minor. Most of the students who are granted admission to the PPE minor are majors in Philosophy, Political Science or Economics and the vast majority granted admission to the Seminar are PPE-intents. But first-years, sophomores and juniors from across the University are welcome to submit applications, regardless of their majors. Both PPE and the Justice Seminar are highly selective: approximately 18 students are accepted per year.

Contact (for 2016-17)

Professor Mary Keys
Department of Political Science
352 Decio Hall
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556

Phone: (574) 631-6921