2014-2015 Undergraduate Bulletin

Political Science Minor

Description. The Political Science minor provides students with the opportunity to enhance their knowledge of the political processes, institutions, and ideas that serve as foundations for the quest for justice. The minor also provides additional preparation for careers in a variety of fields, including public service, law, community affairs, international relations and politics.

Learning Outcomes. Students will:

  • Write effectively, engage in intellectually grounded debate, and form and express cogent arguments.
  • Become knowledgeable members of the community capable of reasoned judgments on political issues and ideas.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of at least one of the major subfields of political science.

Minor coordinator. Professor Andrew Sidman, Department of Political Science (646.557.4613, asidman@jjay.cuny.edu)

Coordinator and Advisor. Professor Samantha Majic, Department of Political Science (212.237.8439, smajic@jjay.cuny.edu)

Credits. 18

Requirements. A maximum of two courses can overlap with a student’s major, other minor or program.

Part One. Foundation Courses


POL 101American Government and Politics


POL 101: Formerly GOV 101.

Select one

Law, Courts and Politics

POL 235Judicial Processes and Politics


Political Theory

POL 270Political Philosophy


POL 273Western Political Thought


Urban Politics and Public Policy

POL 206Urban Politics


POL 234Introduction to Public Policy



POL 257Comparative Politics


POL 260International Relations


American Politics

POL 214Political Parties, Interest Groups, and Social Movements


POL 215U.S. Congress


POL 220The American Presidency


Total Credit Hours: 6

Part two. Electives

Select any four POL (or GOV) courses, at least one course must be at the 300-level or higher.

LWS 375-LWS 376 Law and Society Internship or LWS 378 Law and Society Internship Intensive may be used toward the electives for the Political Science minor.

Please note: Only 6 credits of the Public Affairs Internships (POL 406, POL 407, and POL 408) may be used towards the Political Science Minor.

Total Credit Hours: 12

Total Credit Hours: 18