Designed for students who are already Liberal Arts majors and who intend to pursue baccalaureate, masters or doctoral degrees in Political Science or related fields.
The Liberal Arts Political Science Option leads to an Associate of Arts Degree (A.A.). The Political Science Option provides students with extensive training in political science analysis, critical thinking skills, and research. Increasing political complexities of globalization require that students become better informed about politics (“who gets what, when and how”) and social arrangements to maintain peace and order within a society. Political science students learn to view local and global events from different perspectives. Learning about different systems and practices of government prepares Political Science students with knowledge and skills necessary to create social change through a variety of career choices.
The Political Science Option can be applied in a wide range of careers in federal, state and local governments; law; business; international organizations; nonprofit associations and organizations; campaign management and polling; journalism; pre-collegiate education; electoral politics; research and university and college teaching.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, industries with the highest level of employment for political scientists are (in ascending order): the federal executive branch; scientific research and development services; colleges, universities and professional schools; and social advocacy organizations. These four are also the top paying industries for this occupation, including local governments. The hourly mean wage ranges from $51.73 for political science jobs within the federal executive branch to $27.85 for jobs in colleges, universities and professional schools.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the state of New York as one of the states with the highest concentration of political science workers. New York is also one of the five top paying states for this occupation, with the hourly mean wage of $41.06 and annual mean wage of $85,410 (Occupational Employment Statistics).
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The curriculum of Liberal Arts and Sciences Political Science Option consists of existing courses within the Social Science Department. The current curriculum includes at least one course for each of the following sub-fields of political science: American government, international politics, comparative politics, political theory, and urban politics.
Curent Students Log in to the CUNY Portal to review your Degree Audit to find out what classes to take. Have questions about using Degree Audit? Visit LaGuardia's Degree Audit page for tutorials and how-to guides.
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Prospectives Students Review the Political Science Option Curriculum.
In support of the LaGuardia’s mission to educate and graduate its students to become critical thinkers and socially responsible citizens, the College has undertaken a team approach toward advising, designed to support you in your major from orientation through graduation. Your Advising Team is made up of faculty, professional and peer advisors. They will guide you at every step during your college career. They are ready to help you:
In your first semester, your First Year Seminar (FYS) professor is your advisor. In your second semester and beyond, you can log in to My LaGuardia to contact advisor(s) or make an appointment. Visit the Advising page to learn more about when to get advised and how to prepare for an advising appointment, and check out the Advising Calendar for information sessions, events and more.
The Political Science Option at LaGuardia Community College has an articulation agreement with Hunter College. Students who select the Political Science Option as their major can transfer to Hunter College to obtain a BA in Political Science.
Regardless of where you want to transfer, through Pathways you can be assured that the 60 credits you earn at LaGuardia will be accepted at any four-year CUNY institutions. Learn more information about Pathways.
Learning Communities are groupings of two or more courses, often surrounding a common theme. There are two types of Learning Communities, Clusters (consisting of three or more classes) and Pairs (consisting of two classes).
Learning Communities can help you:
Continuing students are encouraged to select a Cluster or Pair in their second semester.
Recent Learning Community Themes include:
Review Liberal Arts Learning Communities for the current semester.
This course invites you to consider a topic in an interdisciplinary manner, drawing on the various courses you have taken as well as experiences outside of college; therefore, it is recommended that this capstone course be taken in your last semester. The themes available for this class the course varies from semester to semester—previous themes include "American Museum," "Epidemics," "Genocide," "Modern Medical Practice," and "Performance and Disability." Review LIB200 themes for the current semester.