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.

Minor coordinator/advisor:
Professor Samantha Majic (212-237-8439, smajic@jjay.cuny.edu), Department of Political Science. 

Part One. Required Courses                                                           Subtotal: 6

POL/GOV 101 American Government and Politics

Select one "Foundation" course:

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

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

Select any four POL (or GOV) courses (one course must be at the 300-level or higher)

*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