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2023-2024 College Catalog 
2023-2024 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Liberal Arts - Political Science Concentration, A.A.

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The Liberal Arts AA degree provides a foundation in general studies through exploration of an array of subject areas under liberal arts and sciences. Concentrations provide students opportunity to focus in a specific area. Courses promote development and application of effective communication skills, quantitative and scientific reasoning, critical thinking and analysis, and applying knowledge of human cultures, language and the natural world to issues experienced across diverse communities. The degree provides opportunity for transfer to baccalaureate programs.

The curriculum presented here applies to students who started the major in Fall 2023 or Spring 2024. If you enrolled as a matriculant prior to that, please see the College Catalog for the year you started the major as a matriculant for the curriculum requirements that apply to you.

Consultation with the Program Advisor is required.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of the Liberal Arts degree program requirements, graduates will:

  1. demonstrate and apply ethical judgment to real-world problems and issues while recognizing multiple perspectives.
  2. apply Knowledge of human cultures, language, or the natural world to problems and issues experienced across diverse communities.
  3. produce or analyze creative works according to a field or discipline’s vocabulary and theory, using relevant techniques and processes, and in response to best practices. 

Political Science Concentration Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of the Political Science Concentration requirements, graduates will:

  1. be exposed to the central issues and range of subfields of political science
  2. develop critical thinking in order to form opinions on political issues which they will also be able to analyze, critique, and debate
  3. be able to formulate cohesive positions about political issues using rigorous quantitative data to support their arguments
  4. be able to use evidence from related disciplines to support their arguments

College Requirements:

English and Math proficient as determined by the CUNY Proficiency Index, unless otherwise exempt, or successful completion of any required developmental course(s).

Civic Engagement Experiences:

One (1) Civic Engagement experience satisfied by Civic Engagement Certified or Civic Engagement Component course or approved outside activity.

Writing Intensive Requirement:

One (1) Writing Intensive Course  in any discipline is required. 

Required Core (4 Courses, 12 Credits):

When Required Core Courses are specified for a category they are strongly suggested and/or required for the major

*Note: You may elect to take a math or science course that is 4 credits or more. TAP counts 3 credits towards the requirements and the 4th credit as an elective

Flexible Core (6 Courses, 18 Credits):

One course from each Group A to E. and one (1) additional course from any Group.

No more than two courses can be selected from the same discipline

A. World Cultures and Global Issues Designated Course

B. U.S. Experience in its Diversity Designated Course

C. Creative Expression Designated Course

D. Individual and Society Designated Course

E. Scientific World Designated Course

Major and Political Science Concentration Requirements (9 Courses, 27 Credits):

To complete the Political Science Concentration, students must take the courses specified below in addition to a Global Politics course (see Electives).  No more than four (4) of the following nine (9) courses may also satisfy a CUNY Flexible Core requirement:

  • Art 3 Credit(s) or
  • Media and Film Studies 3 Credit(s) or
  • Music 3 Credit(s) or
  • Theatre 3 Credit(s)
  • Speech 3 Credit(s)
  • Literature 3 Credit(s)
  • Psychology 3 Credit(s)
  • Sociology 3 Credit(s)


3 -15 credits sufficient to meet required total of 60 credits.  

Students are required to select a Global Politics course (3 credits).  The following Global Politics courses are recommended.  If additional elective credits are available, consultation with the concentration advisor is highly recommended. 

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