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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

All courses in the lists below are 3 credits.

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.

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)
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 Program in Political Science

The honors program in political science is designed for the outstanding student. Each student conducts research in an area specific to his or her interest and works closely with a faculty advisor. Registration requires permission from the department. Six credits are necessary for graduation with honors in political science. 

To be eligible for honors work in political science, students shall have

  1. completed 90 credits,
  2. completed 15 credits in political science, including  POL 1101,
  3. compiled at least a 3.2 grade point average in their total academic work and a 3.4 average within political science, and
  4. an honors advisor assigned in advance.

The students thesis will be evaluated and graded by two faculty members in addition to the advisor, one from political science and one from another appropriate department. This committee of three will have the authority to recommend that the student be graduated with honors.

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The Minor

A minor in political science will help students to flourish in the political environment in which their future economic and 

Selection of a minor must be made with the consultation and approval of the department. To suit the special educational needs and objectives of individual students, appropriate substitution of designated courses may be made after consultation with the departmental advisor. Students may minor by taking two 3000-level courses plus  POL 4900 Political Science Capstone Seminar.

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Courses
Courses in Political Science

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 3846), HIS 3846)

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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