Liberal Arts: Political Science, AA

Room: M-Building, M-405

Phone: (718) 349-4097


This major provides students with extensive training in political science analysis, critical thinking skills, and research. Political science students learn to view and analyze local and global events from different perspectives. The subfields in political science include: political theory, comparative politics, international relations, American government and politics, political economy, public law, women in politics and political methodology.

For more information about the Political Science Program please contact Anja Vojvodic, PhD, Lecturer and Political Science Program Director.

Are You Interested In...

  • Political power and its varied implications?
  • Relevant components of government and different types of political regimes?
  • The intersection of politics and other fields, such as sociology and economics?
  • The importance of reading newspapers and following current events?

Skills You Will Learn

  • Identify and understand different political theories, traditions and ideologies
  • Methods of analysis (historical, philosophical, legalistic and quantitative)

What makes this major unique?

The Liberal Arts: Political Science major prepares students to transfer into the BA Political Science program at Hunter College, although pursuing Political Science at other colleges is an option. While getting a firm foundation in the liberal arts, this major prepares students to understand the theoretical and ideological positions driving public policy and government design.

Career Possibilities

As a liberal arts major, the Political Science Option provides students with a broad education that provides in-demand skills, including critical thinking, communication in multiple modes, and global literacy. Any liberal arts student is well-positioned for transfer to 4-year colleges and eventually graduate or professional school to pursue a variety of careers

  • Political Campaign Staff
  • Political Research Assistant
  • Legislative Assistant/Staff Member for Elected Official
  • Political Consultant
  • Teacher (In New York, a Master’s degree will be required within 5 years of starting)
  • Journalist
  • Data Analyst
  • Social Media Manager
  • Policy Researcher
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • College Professor/Political Scientist
  • Think Tank Associate or Director
  • Professional Schools
    • Law
    • Business
    • Urban Planning and Design
    • Government & Public Administration/Policy
    • Education
    • Social Work & Counseling
    • Arts Administration
    • Public Health or Healthcare Management

Transfer Possibilities

  • Hunter College – BA in Political Science
  • CUNY or SUNY – BA in Political Science
  • Queens College – BA in Political Science and Government: Grades 7-12 (teaching Social Studies/history etc).
  • Columbia University – BA in Political Science

Degree Requirements

A. REQUIRED CORE: 12 Credits

English: 6 credits

  • ENG101 English Composition I* 3
    (or ENA101 depending on placement)
  • ENG102 Writing through Literature 3

Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning: 3 credits

Select one of the following courses: 3

  • MAT107 Mathematics and the Modern World
  • MAT123 Modern Problem Solving (Depending on placement)
  • MAT115 College Algebra and Trigonometry
  • MAT117 Algebra and Trigonometry
    (depending on placement)
  • MAT119 Statistics with Elementary Algebra
    (depending on placement)
  • MAT120 Elementary Statistics

Life & Physical Sciences: 3 credits

Select one of the following courses: 3

  • SCB101 Topics in Biological Sciences
  • SCB206 Introduction to Neuroscience
  • SCC101 Topics in Chemistry
  • SCC102 Chemistry of Photography
  • SCP101 Topics in Physics
  • SCP105 Life in the Universe
  • SCP140 Topics in Astronomy

B. FLEXIBLE CORE: 18 Credits
Select one course from each of the five flexible core categories AND one additional course from any flexible core category.

  • World Cultures and Global Issues
  • US Experience in its Diversity
  • Creative Expression
  • Individual and Society
  • Scientific World


Students are advised to select one Urban Study course to complete college requirement. To complete the degree requirements from the Flexible Core, students are advised to select courses from the recommended course selections listed on the program website. Note: Student can select only two courses from any one discipline.

Course Credits
Liberal Arts: 6 Credits
LIF101 First Year Seminar for Liberal Arts Social Science and Humanities 3
LIB200 Humanism, Science and Technology 3
English: 3 Credits
ENG103 Preparing and Writing the Research Paper 3
Social Science: 18 Credits
SSP101 U.S. Power and Politics 3
SSP200 Global Politics 3
SSP245 Law and Human Rights in America 3
SSP250 Political Ideas and Ideologies 3
Select one of the following courses: 3 Credits
SSN192 Practical Politics of NYC
SSN210 Politics of Sexuality
Select one of the following courses: 3 Credits
SSH101 Themes in American History to 1865
SSH102 Themes in American History since 1865
SSH103 Western Civilization from Ancient Times to the Renaissance
SSH104 Western Civilization from the Renaissance to Modern Times
SSH105 World History from Ancient Times to 1500
SSH106 World History from 1500 to the Present
SSA100 Introduction to Anthropology
SSA101 Cultural Anthropology
SSE103 Introduction to Microeconomics
SSE104 Introduction to Macroeconomics
SSS100 Introduction to Sociology
Unrestricted Elective: 3 Credits

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