Political Science (BA)

 

The major in Political Science introduces students to the principal fields of inquiry in political science. This major provides a program of study for students considering careers in a variety of fields, including public service, law, community affairs, international relations and politics. Students may select from four concentrations-of-choice: Law, Courts and Politics, which explores the intersection of the legal system and the broader political system; Justice and Politics, which examines the political philosophy and various societal values that underlie contemporary views of justice; American and Urban Politics and Policy, which emphasizes the role of political institutions in shaping solutions to contemporary urban problems; and Comparative/International Politics and Human Rights, which explores the global dimensions of politics and governance.

Learning Outcomes. Students will:

• Initiate, develop, and present independent research.
• Students will write effectively, engage in intellectually grounded debate, and form and express cogent arguments .
• Students will become knowledgeable members of the community capable of reasoned judgments on political issues and ideas.
• Students will demonstrate knowledge of the major subfields of political science, as represented by the major’s foundation requirements and concentrations.
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Credits required: 36-42                            Four Year Academic Plan

Coordinator: Professor Andrew Sidman (646-557-4613, asidman@jjay.cuny.edu)

Coordinator and Advisor:
Professor Samantha Majic (212.237.8439, smajic@jjay.cuny.edu)

Prerequisite: POL 101
. This course can fulfill the College's general education requirement in the Flexible Core: U.S. Experience in its Diversity area.

Additional information: Students who enrolled for the first time at the College or changed to this major in September 2012 or thereafter must complete the major in the form presented here. Students who enrolled prior to that date may choose either the form shown here or the earlier version of the major. A copy of the earlier version may be obtained in the 2011-12 Undergraduate Bulletin on the College's website at http://www.jjay.cuny.edu/academics/654.php.

PART ONE. FOUNDATION COURSES

Subtotal: 15 credits

Select five courses, only one per category.

Category A. Law, Courts, and Politics
POL 235 Judicial Process and Politics

Category B. Political Theory 
POL 270 Political Philosophy
POL 273 Western Political Thought

Category C. Urban Politics and Public Policy 
POL 206 Urban Politics
POL 234 Introduction to Public Policy

Category D. International/Comparative 
POL 257 Comparative Politics
POL 260 International Relations

Category E. American Politics 

POL 214 Political Parties, Interest Groups and Social Movements
POL 215 U.S. Congress
POL 220 The American Presidency


PART TWO. RESEARCH METHODS

Subtotal: 3 credits

Required 

POL 225 Introduction to Research in Politics


PART THREE. SUPERVISED RESEARCH EXPERIENCE IN POLITICAL SCIENCE (OPTIONAL)

Subtotal: 0-6 credits

POL 385 Supervised Undergraduate Research Experience in Political Science


PART FOUR. CONCENTRATION-OF-CHOICE

Subtotal: 15 credits

Select one concentration.
Students selecting Concentrations A have three options: 1) students may take five 3-credit courses within their concentration, including one 400-level and two 300-level political science courses; 2) students may take the LWS 375  internship and four 3-credit courses in the concentration, including an additional 300-level political science course and one 400-level political science course; or 3) students may take the LWS 378 internship and three 3-credit courses in the concentration, including one 400-level political science course.

Students selecting Concentration B or Concentration D, must take five 3-credit courses within their concentration. At least one 400-level and two 300-level political science courses must be completed.

Students selecting Concentration C have two options: 1) students may take five 3-credit courses in the concentration, including one 400-level and two 300-level political sciences courses; or 2) students may take any of the Public Affairs Internships (POL 406, 407, or 408) and three 3 credit courses in the concentration, including one 300-level political science course. Even if students take POL 407, only 6 credits of internship apply to the concentration. 

Student selecting any of the Public Affairs internships or the Law and Society Internships must obtain permission of the instructor before registering.

Concentration A. Law, Courts, and Politics

LWS 375 Law and Society Internship (3 credits)
LWS 378 Law and Society Internship Intensive (6 credits)
POL 280 Selected Topics in Political Science
POL 301 Constitutional Powers
POL 305 Constitutional Rights and Liberties
POL 308 State Courts and State Constitutional Law
POL 313/LAW 313 The Law and Politics of Race Relations
POL 316 The Politics of Rights
POL 318 Law and Politics of Sexual Orientation
POL 319 Gender and Law
POL 344 The Law and Politics of Immigration
POL 420 Senior Seminar in Law, Courts, and Politcs

Concentration B. Justice and Politics

AFR 270 History of African-American Social and Intellectual Thought
LAW 310/PHI 310 Ethics and Law
POL 270 Political Philosophy
POL 273 Western Political Thought
POL 278/SOC 278 Political Sociology
POL 280 Selected Topics in Political Science
POL 316 The Politics of Rights
POL 371 American Political Philosophy
POL 375 Law, Order, Justice and Society
POL 423/PHI 423 Selected Topics in Justice

Concentration C. American and Urban Politics and Policy

POL 203 Municipal and State Government
POL 206 Urban Politics
POL 210 Comparative Urban Political Systems
POL 214 Political Parties, Interest Groups, and Social Movements 
POL 215 U.S. Congress
POL 220 The American Presidency 
POL 232 Media and Politics
POL 234 Introduction to Public Policy
POL 237 Women and Politics
POL 280 Selected Topics in Political Science
POL 302 Voting & Public Opinion
POL 344 The Law and Politics of Immigration
POL 405 Seminar in New York City Politics
POL 406 Seminar and Internship in New York City Government and Politics (6 credits) 
POL 407 New York State Assembly/Senate Session Program (12 credits) 
POL 408 CUNY Washington, D.C. Summer Internship Program (6 credits)

Concentration D. Comparative/International Politics and Human Rights

LLS 220 Human Rights and Law in Latin America
POL 210 Comparative Urban Political Systems
POL 242/LLS 242/HIS 242 U.S. Foreign Policy in Latin America
POL 246 Politics of Globalization and Inequality
POL 250 International Law and Justice
POL 257 Comparative Politics
POL 259/LAW 259 Comparative Criminal Justice Systems
POL 260 International Relations
POL 280 Selected Topics in Political Science
POL 320 International Human Rights
POL 325 Politics of Transnational Crime
POL 328 Politics of International Security
POL 331 Government and Politics in the Middle East
POL 362 Terrorism and International Relations
POL 450 Senior Seminar in International Realtions and Comparative Politics

PART FIVE. SENIOR REQUIREMENT

Subtotal: 3 credits

POL 409 Colloquium for Research in Government and Politics

Total: 36-42 credits