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 so.)
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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 30 hours of political science courses,
including three 100-level courses.
Elective and Seminar Courses:
Students are required to
take 18 hours of political science elective courses, including 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. No more than 6 credits of non-political science courses
that are cross-listed by the department will count towards the major.
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 concentration form.
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 Science
The minor in political science consists of 18
two of hte 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. No transfer or cross-listed courses
offered by other departments will be credited toward the minor.
Students interested in a political science minor need to file a Minor
Concentration form, available in the department office.
Tracks in Political Science
The specialized tracks help students select
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 a track.
International Politics Track Requirements
- 1. Comparative Politics (PSCI 103), International Relations
(PSCI 104), and one other 100-level course
- 2. Four courses from Political Science 230-246, 250-269, 272,
- 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
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
Pre-Industrial and/or Non-Western
- Political Science 230. Politics of Development.
- Political Science 237. Contemporary Africa.
- Political Science 239. Contemporary Latin America.
- Political Science 240. The Contemporary Middle East.