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

The Political Science program strives to provide students with the knowledge and skills to prepare them for careers in public service as well as graduate and professional studies. Our students will develop critical reading, writing and thinking skills to evaluate the structure and operation of politics and power in their own and other political systems. The dual concentrations provide students with a solid foundation in Political Science and the opportunity to specialize and develop skills for careers in public service in international relations, development and diplomacy or law, public policy and public administration.

We endeavor to give our students the knowledge and analytical skills necessary to evaluate political issues and to function effectively in a political environment. Our program aspires to provide 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 and locally.

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. Opportunities for funded and unfunded semester-long internships in state and national government are available. Please see the Political Science faculty about these opportunities.

We offer a flexible program that serves the interests of our diverse and multicultural college community. We prepare our students 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.

Students interested in graduate studies or law school should consult Political Science faculty as early as possible.

CourseDescriptionCredits
EFFECTIVE FALL 2018 

Political Science BA

43-44 

I. Foundation Courses*

18 
POL101Introduction to Politics 
POL103Politics & Government of the United States* 
POL202Comparative Politics** 
POL241International Relations** 
One methods course chosen from the following:
POL221Research Methods in Political Science 
POL222Social Research Methods I 
POL321Social Research Methods II 
POL351Qualitative Research Methods and Analysis 
One theory course chosen from the following:
POL267Classical Political Theory I: Plato to Machiavelli*** 
POL268Political Theory II: Machiavelli to Marx*** 
POL269American Political Thought 

II. Concentration

15-16 
Choose from ONE of two concentrations. 

Concentration I: International Relations, Diplomacy and Development

15 
POL210Introduction to Political Economy 
POL346American Foreign Policy 
Any two (2) of the following area studies courses:
POL250Latin American Politics 
POL253Caribbean Politics 
POL256African Politics 
POL257Asian Politics 
POL258Middle East Politics 
POL285Urban Politics 
One (1) of the following courses:
POL219Psychology of Terrorism 
POL311Advanced Topics in Political Science (security/diplomacy) 

Concentration II: Law, Public Policy and Public Administration

15-16 
Any one (1) of the following courses:
POL226The U.S. Supreme Court 
POL327Congress and the Presidency 
POL387Political Processes in the American States 
Any three (3) of the following courses:
POL228Public Administration 
POL275Introduction to Law 
POL322Courts and Public Policy 
POL330Public Policy 
Any one (1) of the following policy courses:
POL230Correctional Administration 
POL271Politics of Education 
POL273Politics of Aging 
POL280Transportation: Planning Finance and Policy 
POL285Urban Politics 
POL309Aviation Law 
POL373Politics of the Environment 

III. Capstone Courses

10 
POL393Seminar-Internship in New York City Government and Community Development 
or 
POL394Seminar-Internship in New York City Government and Community Development 
Any one (1) of the following seminar courses:
POL385New York City Government & Politics 
POL425Seminar or Civil Liberties 
POL444Seminar in Comparative Foreign Policies 
POL453Seminar in Global Change 
POL480Seminar in Contemporary Urban Problems 
One (1) elective in Political Science (200-level or higher)
Credit Totals 
Total Political Science Major Program credits43-44 
Total Core Curriculum credits33-42 
Total free elective credits34-44 
Total credits for the BA in Political Science120 

Notes:

*POL 103 may also be taken to fulfill the Flexible Core: U.S. Experience in its Diversity requirement.

**POL 202 or POL 241 may also be taken to fulfill the Flexible Core: World Cultures and Global Issues requirement.

***POL 267 or POL 268 may also be taken to fulfill the Flexible Core: Individual and Society requirement.

  • Students should consider additional political science courses as electives to deepen their understanding of the field.
  • Courses taken to fulfill the major may not be used to fulfill requirements for the minors in Aviation, Political Science, Pre-Law Studies in Political Science, Public Administration or Labor Studies in Political Science.
  • Students should plan to take one Upper Level Writing Intensive class in Political Science. The Political Science program will offer at least one Upper Level Writing Intensive class in Political Science each semester.

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