The major in Political Science (formerly Government) 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, Policy and Society, which explores the intersection of the legal system and the general society; Justice and Politics, which examines the political philosophy and various societal values that underlie contemporary views of justice; Urban Affairs and Community Leadership, 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. (Prerequisites, ConcentrationsAdmissions

Advisor: Professor Jennifer Rutledge,,  646.557.4710

The Law and Society major offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of law and legal institutions, their impact on society, and society's impact on them.  The m ajor is organized around the central theme of understanding law as an instrument of political and social change and questions concerning how law matters in people's lives; how law and law-like systems of rules empower and constraing individuals, groups, organizations and communities; and how the structures and values in social institutions shape and are shaped by law. (Prerequisites and Requirements, Admissions)

Advisor: Professor Monica Varsanyi, 212.237.8232 

The major in legal studies is designed to provide students with knowledge of legal processes and the administration of law. It offers preparation for careers in a wide variety of fields: criminal justice, governmental service, journalism and politics. It is also an appropriate field of study for application to graduate or professional schools. (Prerequisites and RequirementsAdmissions

Advisor: Professor James Cauthen, 212.237.8193

Earning a political science minor for students who majored in criminal justice, international criminal justice, or legal studies demonstrates to graduate and professional schools and/or potential employers that students have also had substantial exposure to the discipline of political science in their undergraduate studies.  

Advisor: Professor Jennifer Rutledge,,  646.557.4710 

The major in international criminal justice introduces students to the nature and cause of crime at the international level and to the mechanism for its prevention and control. Components of the criminal justice system as they apply to transnational and international crime are studied, as well as the impact of international law and human rights in addressing crimes against humanity. The major is intended to equip students with the knowledge and skills needed for careers in which the globalization of crime plays an important role. It also is designed to prepare students for advanced work in graduate and professional school.(Prerequisites & RequirementsAdmissions Information) For the ICJ FAQ's, click here.

Coordinator: Professor Mangai Natarajan,, 212.237.8673   

The Human Rights Studies minor will introduce students to some of the key conceptual, ethical and methodological approaches to the study and practice of human rights. In particular, it will address key concepts, principles and norms, such as human dignity, non-discrimination, equality, due process, empowerment, human security, human development, and accountability; it will expose students to diverse disciplinary and methodological approaches to the study and practice of human rights from a domestic as well as an international perspective; it will familiarize students with the evolution of international human rights norms both in theory and practice, the latter through the study of pivotal events in the history of human rights, such as the anti-slavery and anti-slave trade campaign, the Civil Rights Movement, the Campaign Against Apartheid, the transnational movement spawned by the Helsinki Final Act, and, more recently the campaign to establish the International Criminal Court and the launching of the Millennium Development Goals; it will train students how to use the human rights framework in order to analyze and assess critical developments in key issue areas of global concern; and it will provide students with internship opportunities so as to hone their advocacy skills in addressing the challenges of an increasingly complex and interconnected world. This minor can be paired with several majors, including Gender Studies, Global History, Humanities and Justice, International Criminal Justice, and Political Science.

Advisor: Professor George Andreopoulos, 212.237.8190