Political Science Major, BA

(NYC, PLV)

Prepares students for careers and graduate study in political science, international relations, law, public policy advocacy, and public administration, as well as for other opportunities in private, public, and nonprofit sectors that utilize skills involving civic competency, leadership, decision making, and negotiation.

University Core – (44-55)

Must include one course in contemporary global issues and one course in Fine or Performing Arts, Religious Studies, or Modern Languages and Cultures (6 credits).

Major Courses – (33)

Required Major Courses: (24 credits)

TWO 100-level and THREE 200-level courses, with at least one course from each of four subfields listed below (15 credits):

Comparative Politics

POL 102Public Myth and Ideologies

3 credits

POL 210Comparative Political Systems

3 credits

POL 214Revolution or Reform

3 credits

Political Theory

POL 101Politics: Comparative Introduction

3 credits

POL 218Political Science and Economic Thought

3 credits

POL 241Classical Political Thought

3 credits

POL 242Medieval Political Theory

3 credits

POL 243Modern Political Theory

3 credits

POL 244American Political Thought

3 credits

American Politics and Public Policy

POL 111American Government and Political Institutions

3 credits

POL 118State and LocalGovernment

3 credits

POL 220Political Parties and Interest Groups

3 credits

POL 222Contemporary Issues in Public Policy

3 credits

POL 244American Political Thought

3 credits

International Relations

POL 297ATopic: International Law and Human Rights

3 credits

POL 114Introduction to International Relations

3 credits

POL 213Twenty-First Century Politics

3 credits

POL 219International Political Economy and Globalization

3 credits

POL 233Advanced International Relations

3 credits

AND Three Workshop or Topics Courses: (9 credits)

Choose from POL 296/297 Topics courses or POL 301/302/303 Workshop courses. See adviser for guidance.

Note: No more than twelve credits of Model UN courses of POL 303A/303C may be counted toward the major, and these courses are restricted to sophomores and above students.

Required Major Electives: (9 credits)

THREE additional POL courses chosen in consultation with major adviser. No more than six credits in internships and independent study may count toward the major.

Open Electives – (40-51)

Total Credit Hours: 128

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