2023-24 University Bulletin 
    Nov 29, 2023  
2023-24 University Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Political Science, B.A.

NY State Program Code: 04179
HEGIS Code: 2207.00
CIP Code: 45.1001

(39 credits)

General Education Requirements

All students must satisfy the University’s General Education requirements  and foreign language requirements, in addition to the requirements for the major in political science.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Political Science

Required GPA: 2.0
Credits Required for Major: 39
Credits Required to Graduate: 120

Also recommended are courses in related disciplines chosen in consultation with the Political Science Department and International Relations adviser.

Related disciplines:

  • African, Black and Caribbean Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Business
  • Communications
  • Economics
  • English
  • History
  • International Studies
  • Languages, Literatures and Cultures
  • Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Philosophy
  • Social Work
  • Sociology

All graduating majors must have earned a 2.0 minimum GPA in Political Science courses. The Pass/Fail option cannot be used to meet department requirements for a political science major except for a maximum of 9 credits of internship work. Students can transfer a maximum of 9 credits toward the political science major from other accredited institutions. This includes study abroad. For departmental honors, a 3.5 minimum GPA is required, plus a seminar with a grade of “B” or better.

Semester Sequence

Degree: B.A.
Required GPA: 2.0
Credits Required for Major: 39
Credits Required to Graduate: 120

Course Credits Freshmen Sophomore Junior Senior
    Fall Spring Fall Spring Fall Spring Fall Spring
POL (0158) 101 Intro. to the American Political System 3 or            
POL (0158) 102 Introduction to Politics 3 or            

POL (0158) 240 Ancient & Medieval Theory in the Western World


POL (0158) 241 Modern Political Theory in the Western World








POL (0158) 280 Theory & Practice of Int’l Relations 3              
POL (0158) 246 Research, Design & Methods 3              
POL (0158) 260 Comparative Political Analysis 3              
POL (0158) Seminar1 3             or
One course above the introductory level in the subfield of American Government and Politics or the subfield of Political Issues and Policy 3       or or or
Group A Electives2 6       or or or
Group A or B Electives3 9       or or or
Level I-IV Language* 0-12 or or or or or or

*Students may elect to sit for the language competency examination to be exempt from the foreign language requirement

1Choose one of the seminar courses listed below

2Choose two courses from Group A (Political Theory, Comparative Politics, International Politics; see list below)

3Choose three additional courses from Group A or B (see lists below)


Group A

Group B


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