Political Science Minor


Description. The Political Science minor provides students with the opportunity to enhance their knowledge of the political processes, institutions, and ideas that serve as foundations for the quest for justice. The minor also provides additional preparation for careers in a variety of fields, including public service, law, community affairs, international relations and politics.

Learning Outcomes. Students will:

  • Write effectively, engage in intellectually grounded debate, and form and express cogent arguments.
  • Become knowledgeable members of the community, capable of reasoned judgments on political issues and ideas.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of at least one of the major subfields of political science.


Minor coordinator.
Professor Andrew Sidman (646-557-4613, asidman@jjay.cuny.edu), Department of Political Science.

Coordinator and Advisor:
Professor Samantha Majic (212-237-8439, smajic@jjay.cuny.edu), Department of Political Science. 

Requirements. A maximum of two course can overlap with a student's major, other minor or program.

PART ONE. FOUNDATION COURSES                                 Subtotal: 6 credits

POL 101 American Government and Politics (formerly GOV 101)

Select one

Law, Courts and Politics


POL 235 Judicial Process and Politics

Political Theory

POL 270 Political Philosophy
POL 273 Western Political Thought

Urban Politics and Public Policy

POL 206 Urban Politics
POL 234 Introduction to Public Policy

International/Comparative

POL 257 Comparative Politics
POL 260 International Relations

American Politics

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

PART TWO. ELECTIVES.                                                   Subtotal: 12 credits

Select any four POL (or GOV) courses, at least one course must be at the 300-level or higher.
LWS 375-376 Law and Society Internship or LWS 378 Law and Society Internship Intensive may be used toward the electives for the Political Science minor.

Please Note: Only 6 credits of the Public Affairs Internships (POL 406, 407, and POL 408) may be used towards the Political Science Minor.

Total Credits: 18