Political Science (BA)

Arts and Sciences
Behavioral Sciences
HEGIS Number: 2207

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Course Descriptions
Course descriptions can be found in the online PDF version of the Bulletin

Political Science Program Mission Statement

The Political Science program is aligned with the mission of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and York College in the following ways. We strive to provide students with the knowledge and skills that will prepare them for careers, as well as graduate and professional studies, and to contribute as active citizens in our ever-changing interdependent world. Our students will develop critical reading, writing and thinking skills to evaluate the structure and operation of politics and power, including their own and other political systems. The Political Science program encourages community service and social responsibility both through our course work and community-based internships. Students have an opportunity to do independent research to gain research experience and mentorship from individual faculty members. We offer a flexible program that serves the interests of our diverse and multicultural college community. The program will provide the foundation for students to become informed, active, socially responsible, and ethical citizens, professionals, and leaders.

Political Science Major Program Goals

Upon completion of the program in Political Science, students will meet the following learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate their own and other political systems.
  • Understand where political power is, how it operates, whose interests it serves; who gets what, when, where, and how.
  • Demonstrate a theoretical and practical understanding of the interplay among social classes, values, political power and conflict, processes of decision making and the state; and the factors that affect social justice and political adjustments to changing conditions globally as well as nationally.
  • Apply analytical and critical thinking to their research and writing, oral communication competency, qualitative and quantitative skills, and computer literacy.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and analytical skills necessary to evaluate political issues and to function effectively in a political environment.
  • Gain practical and applied knowledge through participation in an internship.
  • Be prepared for careers in local, state, national government, civil or foreign service, education, international affairs, political parties, interest groups, nongovernmental organizations, nonprofit and research organizations, as well as for law school and graduate study.

Political Science BA


Required Courses*

POL214Racial and Ethnic Politics 
POL285Urban Government in the United States 

One course chosen from the following:

POL202Comparative Politics 
POL241International Politics 

One course chosen from the following:

POL267Classical Political Theory I: Plato to Machiavelli 
POL268Political Theory II: Machiavelli to Marx 
POL269American Political Thought 

Area Studies


One course chosen from the following:

POL226The U.S. Supreme Court 
POL327Congress and the Presidency 

One course chosen from the following:

POL250Latin American Politics 
POL253Caribbean Politics 
POL256African Politics 
POL257Asian Politics 
POL258Middle East Politics 

One course chosen from the following:

POL393Seminar-Internship in New York City Government and Community Development 
POL394Seminar-Internship in New York City Government and Community Development 

Elective Political Science Courses

The Elective Political Science courses must include at least one 300 or 400 level course. 

Note: Electives must include a 300 or 400 level course, and should be chosen in consultation with a Political Science advisor. Students should consider additional political science courses as electives to deepen their understanding of the field. Opportunities for semester-long internships in state and national government are available. Please see the Political Science faculty about these opportunities.

We encourage students to pursue independent, faculty-guided research topics as part of POL 490. Please see Political Science faculty about these opportunities.

For students pursuing careers in law, civil service, management, teaching etc., POL 228, 230, 275 are highly recommended.

Students hoping to pursue doctoral studies in political science are urged to take: Politics 220 (or Sociology 220), Politics 453, and Politics 340 or 367.

*Students are required to complete Political Science 103 in partial fulfillment of Pathways General Education Requirements as a prerequisite to these courses.