Political Science (BA)

Political Science (BA)

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 among 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.
  • Write effectively, engage in intellectually grounded debate, and form and express cogent arguments.
  • Develop skills in critical thinking in order to become knowledgeable citizens capable of reasoned judgments on contemporary political issues.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the major subfields of political science.
     

Credits required. 36-42

Coordinators. Professors Jennifer Rutledge, (646.557.4710, jrutledge@jjay.cuny.edu) and Samantha Majic (212.237.8439, smajic@jjay.cuny.edu), Department of Political Science

Advisor. Professor Samantha Majic, Department of Political Science (212.237.8439, smajic@jjay.cuny.edu)

Advising resources. Sample Four-year Plan of Study

Prerequisite. POL 101 (or GOV 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.

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 
Select one

POL 270 Political Philosophy
POL 273 Western Political Thought

Category C. Urban Politics and Public Policy
Select one

POL 206 Urban Politics
POL 234 Introduction to Public Policy

Category D. International/Comparative 
Select one

POL 257 Comparative Politics
POL 260 International Relations

Category E. American Politics 
Select one

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              Subtotal: 0-6 credits

Optional
POL 385 Supervised Research Experience in Political Science

PART FOUR. CONCENTRATION-OF-CHOICE                                    Subtotal: 15 credits

Select one concentration.

Students selecting Concentration A have three options: 1) students may take five 3-credit courses in the concentration, including one 400-level and two 300-level political science courses; or 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 science courses; or 2) students may take any of the Public Affairs Internships (POL 406, POL 407, or POL 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.

Students 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
LWS 378 Law and Society Internship Intensive
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 Politics

Concentration B. Justice and Politics
AFR 270 The 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 and Public Opinion
POL 344 The Law and Politics of Immigration
POL 406 Seminar and Internship in New York City Government and Politics 
POL 407 New York State Assembly/Senate Session Program
POL 408 CUNY Washington, D.C. Summer Internship Program
POL 440 Senior Seminar in American and Urban Politics and Policy

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/HIS 242/LLS 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 322 International Organizations
POL 325 The Politics of Transnational Crime
POL 328 Politics of International Security
POL 331 Government and Politics in the Middle East and North Africa
POL 362 Terrorism and International Relations
POL 450 Senior Seminar in International Relations and Comparative Politics 

PART FIVE. SENIOR REQUIREMENT                                                    Subtotal: 3 credits

POL 409 Colloquium for Research in Government and Politics

                                   

                                                                                                                               Total Credit Hours: 36-42
                                                                                                                                         Last Updated: 10/17/16