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The Faculty

Chair:  David R. Jones 

 Professors:

  • Mitchell S. Cohen
  • Alan DiGaetano
  • Thomas Halper
  • David R. Jones

Associate Professors:

  • Louis Bolce
  • Gerald D. De Maio
  • Benedetto Fontana
  • Stephanie R. Golob
  • Susan Tenenbaum

Assistant Professors:

  • Els de Graauw
  • Myung-Koo Kang
  • Roseanne McManus
  • Till Weber

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Field Description

Our lives, our communities, and our world are to a considerable degree shaped by political events. Political science provides students with an understanding of the multifaceted ideas, structures, and processes of politics in the United States and abroad. Courses are designed to accomplish three principal objectives: to help the student acquire and establish habits of critical and creative thinking about public issues; to enlarge and broaden the students understanding of significant data, major ideas, and activities regarding politics; and to prepare students for careers in law, government, journalism, and education.

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The Major

In order to officially become a major in Political Science, students must come in person to the Politcal Science Department (NVC 5-280) to fill out our major declaration form and have it approved by the chair.

The Political Science major is unusually flexible. Students are required to take American Government ( POL 1101), a capstone seminar ( POL 4900), plus seven other political science courses, representing at least four of the six subfields outlined below. At least two electives must be at the 3000-level.

In addition to our field-specific courses, students can also receive elective credit for Independent Study projects ( POL 5000) or Honors Thesis projects ( POL 6001H, POL 6002H).

Important Advisory Regarding Capstones: Students must complete at least two 3000-level courses in Political Science BEFORE they are eligible to register for the capstone ( POL 4900). Political Science does NOT offer any capstone courses in summer or winter sessions.

Base Course
POL 1101 American Government: Practices and Values
Required Course
POL 4900Political Science Capstone Seminar
Electives                                             21 credits

Students are to select 21 credits from among all the courses offered by the department, with at least one course from four of the six areas listed below. At least two electives must be at the 3000-level. Students can also receive elective credit for independent study projects ( POL 5000), or honors thesis projects ( POL 6001H, POL 6002H).

American Government and Political Institutions

POL 2001 The United States in an Age of Globalization
POL 3008 Religion and Politics in the United States ( HIS 3008, REL 3008)
POL 3101 Political Psychology ( PSY 3101)
POL 3102 American Conservatism: Origins, Development, and Contemporary Controversies ( HIS 3102)
POL 3310 Public Opinion
POL 3311 Political Parties and Elections
POL 3312 Congress and the Legislative Process
POL 3313 Constitutional Law
POL 3314 Civil Liberties
POL 3316 The Presidency
POL 3318 Immigration and Integration in the United States
POL 3340 Political Socialization
POL 3417 Case Studies in American Government
Comparative Politics
POL 2260 Introduction to Comparative Government
POL 3086 Modern Middle East and North Africa ( HIS 3086)
POL 3104 Politics of the Third World
POL 3361 Comparative Politics in Selected Areas of the World
POL 3362 European Political Systems
POL 3364 Latin American and Caribbean Political Systems
POL 3365 Asian Political Systems
POL 3366 African Political Systems
POL 3367 Comparative Revolutions
POL 3368 Communist Political Systems
POL 3842 Making of Modern India ( AAS 3842), ( HIS 3842)
International Politics
POL 2240 Introduction to International Relations
POL 3341 International Relations in the Middle East
POL 3342 American Foreign Policy
POL 3343 International Relations in Selected Areas of the World
POL 3344 The United Nations in World Politics
POL 3345 Contemporary International Conflict
POL 3346 The Rise of Asia in World Affairs ( AAS 3346), ( HIS 3346)
POL 3347

Seminar on Political Globalization

Political Theory and Methodology
POL 2332 American Political Thought
POL 3062 

Political Sociology ( SOC 3062)

POL 3201 Topics in Politics and Literature ( ENG 3201)
POL 3233 Political and Administrative Research
POL 3333 Political Behavior
POL 3334 American Radicalism
POL 3335 Early Political Theory
POL 3336 Modern Political Theory
POL 3337 Contemporary Political Ideologies
POL 3500 Political Analysis
Public Policy
POL 2353 Public Policy
POL 3001 Women: Politics and Policy
POL 3005 Social Welfare Policy ( HIS 3005)
POL 3103 Political Economy
POL 3315 Government and the American Economy
POL 3317 The Politics of Energy and the Environment
POL 5452 Field Work in Government and Politics
Urban Politics
POL 2220 State and Local Government
POL 2321 Urban Government
POL 3323 Politics and Government of New York City
POL 3422 Urban Public Policy

 

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Honors Thesis in Political Science

The Honors Thesis is a two-semester sequence ( POL 6001H, POL 6002H) that offers students of superior academic achievement the opportunity to work individually with a professor on a major research project in Political Science. This project involves in-depth and original research of an empirical and/or theoretical question in the field. The degree "with honors" is conferred upon acceptances of the honors project by the Committee on Undergraduate Honors. the six credits earned from completing a thesis will be accepted as part of the 24 credit major.  

Prerequisites:

  • 3.5 GPA in Political Science and also a 3.5 cumulative GPA
  • Complete a minimum of four courses in Political Science, including at least two at the 3000-level or above
  • Submit an application and prospectus that has been approved by the prospective faculty mentor, the Chair of Political Science (Dr. David Jones), and the Chair of the Committee of Undergraduate Honors (Dr. Frank Heiland). The deadline for the prospectus is April 1 for a student who wishes to begin the thesis in the Fall semester, and November 1 for a tudent who wishes to begin the thesis in the Spring semester.
  • Students do NOT have to be enrolled in the Honors Program to write an honors thesis.

For more information, please visit the Honors Thesis in Political Science website

 

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The Minor

In order to officially become a minor in Political Science, students must fill out a minor declaration form. The department strongly recommends that you come in person to the Political Science Department (VC 5-280) for advisement on filling out the minor form, and how to successfully complete our minor. The Political Science minor is very flexible. Students can take any two 3000-level courses, and then a capstone seminar. ( POL 4900).

Important Advisory Regarding Capstones: Students must complete at least two 3000-level courses in Political Science BEFORE they are eligible to register for the capstone ( POL 4900). Political Science does NOT offer capstone course in summer or winter sessions.

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Courses in Political Science

Important Note: A number of the courses listed below are not offered every semester. Please consult CUNYfirst for the information on what courses are currently being offered. 

POL 1101 

American Government: Practices and Values

3 hours; 3 credits

POL 2001 

The United States in an Age of Globalization

3 hours; 3 credits

POL 2220 

State and Local Government

3 hours; 3 credits

POL 2240 

Introduction to International Relations

3 hours; 3 credits

POL 2260 

Introduction to Comparative Government

3 hours; 3 credits

POL 2280 

The Great Political Debates: The Individual and Society

3 hours; 3 credits

POL 2321 

Urban Government

3 hours; 3 credits

POL 2332 

American Political Thought

3 hours; 3 credits

POL 2353 

Public Policy

3 hours; 3 credits

POL 3001 

Women: Politics and Policy

3 hours; 3 credits

POL 3005 

Social Welfare Policy ( HIS 3005)

3 hours; 3 credits

POL 3008 

Religion And Politics In The United States ( HIS 3008), REL 3008)

3 hours; 3 credits

POL 3062 

Political Sociology ( SOC 3062)

3 hours; 3 credits

POL 3086 

The Modern Middle East and North Africa ( HIS 3086)

3 hours; 3 credits

POL 3101 

Political Psychology ( PSY 3101)

3 hours; 3 credits

POL 3102 

American Conservatism: Origins, Development, And Contemporary Controversies ( HIS 3102)

3 hours; 3 credits

POL 3103 

Political Economy

3 hours; 3 credits

POL 3104 

The Politics of the Third World

3 hours; 3 credits

POL 3201 

Topics in Politics and Literature ( ENG 3201)

3 hours; 3 credits

POL 3233 

Political and Administrative Research

3 hours; 3 credits

POL 3310 

Political Opinion

3 hours; 3 credits

POL 3311 

Political Parties and Elections

3 hours; 3 credits

POL 3312 

Congress and the Legislative Process

3 hours; 3 credits

POL 3313 

Constitutional Law

3 hours; 3 credits

POL 3314 

Civil Liberties

3 hours; 3 credits

POL 3315 

Government and the American Economy

3 hours; 3 credits

POL 3316 

The Presidency

3 hours; 3 credits

POL 3317 

The Politics of Energy and the Environment

3 hours; 3 credits

POL 3318 

Immigration and Integration in the United States

3 hours; 3 credits

POL 3323 

Politics and Government of New York City

3 hours; 3 credits

POL 3333 

Political Behavior

3 hours; 3 credits

POL 3334 

American Radicalism

3 hours; 3 credits

POL 3335 

Early Political Theory

3 hours; 3 credits

POL 3336 

Modern Political Theory

3 hours; 3 credits

POL 3337 

Contemporary Political Ideologies

3 hours; 3 credits

POL 3340 

Political Socialization

3 hours; 3 credits

POL 3341 

International Relations in the Middle East

3 hours; 3 credits

POL 3342 

American Foreign Policy

3 hours; 3 credits

POL 3343 

International Relations in Selected Areas of the World

3 hours; 3 credits

POL 3344 

The United Nations in World Politics

3 hours; 3 credits

POL 3345 

Contemporary International Conflict

3 hours; 3 credits

POL 3346 

The Rise of Asia in World Affairs ( AAS 3346), HIS 3346)

3 hours; 3 credits

POL 3347 

Seminar on Political Globalization

3 hours; 3 credits

POL 3361 

Comparative Politics in Selected Areas of the World

3 hours; 3 credits

POL 3362 

European Political Systems

3 hours; 3 credits

POL 3364 

Latin American and Caribbean Political Systems

3 hours; 3 credits

POL 3365 

Asian Political Systems

3 hours; 3 credits

POL 3366 

African Political Systems

3 hours; 3 credits

POL 3367 

Comparative Revolutions

3 hours; 3 credits

POL 3368 

Communist Political Systems

3 hours; 3 credits

POL 3417 

Case Studies in American Government

3 hours; 3 credits

POL 3422 

Urban Public Policy

3 hours; 3 credits

POL 3456 

American Intellectual History

3 hours; 3 credits

POL 3500 

Political Analysis

3 hours; 3 credits

POL 3842 

The Making of Modern India ( AAS 3842), HIS 3842)

3 hours; 3 credits

POL 3999 

Special Topics in Political Science

3 hours; 3 credits

POL 4900 

Political Science Capstone Seminar

3 hours; 3 credits

POL 5000 

Independent Study in Political Science I

Hours and credits to be arranged

POL 5001 

Independent Study in Political Science II

Hours and credits to be arranged

POL 5002 

Independent Study in Political Science III

Hours and credits to be arranged

POL 5452 

Field Work in Government and Politics

3 hours; 3 credits

POL 6001H 

Political Science Honors I

3 hours; 3 credits per semester

POL 6002H 

Political Science Honors II

3 hours; 3 credits per semester

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