Department of Political Science, Queens College
The Political Science department at Queens College specilizes in
undergraduate education. On average, the department offers 40
courses in a given semester. The department offers a flexible
course of study for a B.A. degree. For students who would like
more guidance in particular concentration areas, we offer two
specialization tracks: Law and Politics and International
Politics. (Students are not required to choose a track, but may do
The Major in Political Science
To receive a major in political science, students should complete
a course of study in political science, as well as at least three
courses in departments other than political science. Each student
majoring in political science must take a seminar course.
Political Science Coursework
Students should take at least 31 hours of political science
courses, including at least three and no more than four 100-level
Elective and Seminar Courses:
Students are required to take at least 15 hours (18 hours
if they take 3 100 level courses) of political science elective
courses, in addition to a seminar. The introductory course in each
category is a prerequisite for the intermediate courses and
seminars in each category. Exemptions from this rule may be
granted by the advisor with the concurrence of the instructor.
By the upper sophomore year, political sicence majors should have
worked out a comprehensive course of study in political science
with their faculty advisor before registering for more political
science courses. To do this, all majors must fill out a
Transfer students who plan to major in political science should
take a minimum of 18 credits in the department, regardless of the
number of political science credits earned at other institutions.
The Minor in Political
The minor in political science consists
of 18 credits, including two of the first six courses
(introductory courses), and at least three upper level courses. No
seminar is required, but if one is taken it will be credited
toward the minor. Students interested in a political science minor
need to file a Minor Concentration form, available in the
Tracks in Political Science
The specialized tracks help
students select introductory and electove courses that correspond
to their interests in law and politics or international politics.
Students majoring in political science are not required to declare
International Politics Track Requirements
- 1. Comparative Politics (PSCI 103), International
Relations (PSCI 104), and one other 100-level
- 2. Four courses from Political Science 230-246, 250-269,
- 3. Political Science 383W or 384W
- 4. Two electives from other political science courses, one
or both of which may be internships.
The Law and
Politics Track Requirements
1. American Politics (PSCI 100) and two other
100-level political science courses
2. Four courses from Political Science 212, 213, 250, 270, 280-289
3. Political Science 381W, 382W, or 386W
4. Two electives from other political science courses, one or both
of which may be internships.
Political Science Courses
that fulfill LASAR and PLAS reqirements:
Social Sciences (LASAR and PLAS):
- Political Science 100. American Politics and Government
- Political Science 101. Introduction to Political Science
- Political Science 102. Current Political Controversies
- Political Science 103. Comparative Politics
- Political Science 104. International Politics
- Political Science 105. Political Theory
Non-Western Civilization (LASAR):
- Political Science 230. Politics of Development.
- Political Science 237. Contemporary Africa.
- Political Science 239. Contemporary Latin America.
- Political Science 240. The Contemporary Middle East.