2019-2020 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 coordinators. Professors Brian Arbour (646.557.4616, barbour@jjay.cuny.edu), Jennifer Rutledge, Spring 2020 only (646.557.4710, jrutledge@jjay.cuny.edu) and Department of Political Science

Advisor. Ms. Catherine Kleint, Academic Advising Center, (212.393.6864, ckleint@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 & Politics


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 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