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2019-2020 College Catalog 
2019-2020 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Liberal Arts - Political Science Concentration, A.A.

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HEGIS: 5649.00


The curriculum presented here applies to students who started the major in Fall 2019 or Spring 2020. 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.

Learning Outcomes:

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

  1. think critically
  2. communicate effectively
  3. comprehend the methods and products of scientific inquiry
  4. grasp the significance of the historical process
  5. demonstrate an aesthetic sensibility
  6. develop an appreciation for the traditions and practices of world cultures
  7. explore diverse academic and career options

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:

Successful completion of CUNY Assessment Tests in Reading, Writing, and ACCUPLACER CUNY Assessment Test in Math with passing examination scores, unless otherwise exempt, or developmental courses may be required.

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. Participation in a Learning Community that includes ENG 1200  or ENG 2400  also satisfies this requirement.

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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