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Political Science (Honors Track Available)

Political Science is the systematic study of governments, political processes, public policies, and political behavior.  The field of Political Science is conventionally divided into four main subfields: American Government, Political Theory, International Relations, and Comparative Politics.  The Department offers an introductory course and advanced courses in all subfields, as well as other fields such as political economy and terrorism, regional studies, and legal issues.

Students gain knowledge of how government works, develop the ability to critically analyze problems and identify solutions, and improve their writing and presentation skills.

Political Science provides a strong undergraduate background for post-graduate study in law, public administration/public policy, international business, and other fields.  Graduates find employment in city, state and federal government, the financial sector, international, national and community-based religious and philanthropic organizations, and in secondary and university-level education.   Graduates also are employed in media and journalism, political campaigns and polling, public finance, and in private- and public-sector lobbying and consulting.

Students who wish to pursue a career in the field of law often major in Political Science. The Department of Political Science recommends that students planning to enroll in law school also complete a suggested 12-credit pre-law sequence in addition to the major.

Prof. Alan Mond serves as the deputy chair in charge of the political science department in Flatbush.

 

Regular Track – Required Courses (15 credits)

  • POLN 101 - American Politics - 3 credits
  • POLN 102 - Comparative Politics - 3 credits
  • POLN 103 - International Relations - 3 credits
  • POLN 201 - Introduction to Political Theory - 3 credits
  • POLN 493 - Advanced Topics in Social Science - 3 credits

Honors Track – Required Courses (18)

In addition to the regular track required courses, psychology honors track students must take the following:

  • POLN 494 - Senior Honors Project in Political Science - 3 credits

Regular Track – Five electives from the following: (15 credits)

Honors Track – Six electives from the following: (18 credits)

  • MATN 261 - Statistics for Social Science Majors -  3 credits
  • POLN 207 - Introduction to American Law - 3 credits
  • POLN 212 - International Organizations - 3 credits
  • POLN 222 - International Law - 3 credits
  • POLN 226 - Public Administration - 3 credits
  • POLN 231 - Democracy - 3 credits
  • POLN 241 - The Presidency - 3 credits
  • POLN 242 - Congress and the Legislative Process - 3 credits
  • POLN 244 - American Political Parties - 3 credits
  • POLN 246 - Judicial Politics - 3 credits
  • POLN 261 - Government and Politics of Israel - 3 credits
  • POLN 303 - Contemporary Political Theory - 3 credits
  • POLN 304 - Politics of the Middle East - 3 credits
  • POLN 305 - Third World in International Politics - 3 credits
  • POLN 307 - Terrorism - 3 credits
  • POLN 309 - Civil Rights and Liberties - 3 credits
  • POLN 310 - The Supreme Court and the Constitution - 3 credits
  • POLN 311 - Introduction to Legal Principles - 3 credits
  • POLN 315 - American Foreign Policy - 3 credits
  • POLN 328 - Psychology and Politics - 3 credits
  • POLN 341 - State and Local Government - 3 credits
  • POLN 361 - Politics of Asia - 3 credits

Total Credits in Program 30 (regular track)
Total Credits in Program 36 (honors track)

Suggested Additional Credits

  • POLN 485 - Legislative Internship - 3 credits
  • POLN 486 - Communal Internship - 3 credits
  • POLN 487 - Government Internship - 3 credits