Department of Political Science, Queens College



Major Requirements:

Students should take at least 31 credits in political science, including:

1. No fewer than three and no more than four of the following introductory Courses: Political Science 100 American Government and Politics; 101 Principles of Political Science; 102 Current Political Controversies; 103 Comparative Politics; 104 International Politics; and 105 Political Theory.

2. 15-18 elective credits (either five or six 200-level courses depending on the number of 100-level courses taken)

    a. Students who began taking courses at QC in the Fall 2015 semester         or later are required to take PSCI 200 as one of these electives.

3. One 4-credit seminar (381W, 382W, 383W or 384W)

Most political science courses are 3 credits; therefore, you will most likely need a total of ten courses in Political Science in order to complete the major.

It is recommended that students take the introductory course in each sub-field before taking the intermediate courses and seminars. It is also recommended that students take PSCI 200 before enrolling for the seminar.

All 100-Level Political Science courses are Pathways and PLAS courses.

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.

Declaring a Major in Political Science

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 Major Concentration Form, have it approved by a Political Science Faculty Advisor and submit the approved form to the department office.


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Tracks in Political Science (Optional)
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 a track.

The International Politics Track Requirements
    1. 1. Comparative Politics (PSCI 103), International Relations (PSCI 104),   and one other 100-level course
    2. 2. PSCI 200 for anyone who matriculates in and after Fall 2015
    3. 3. Two courses from Political Science 230-269
    4. 4. One Political Science Seminar from 383W or 384W
    5. 5. Three electives (200 Level) 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. PSCI 200 for anyone who matriculates in and after Fall 2015
3. Two courses from Political Science 280-289
4.  One Political Science Seminar from 381W, 382W, or 386W
5. Three electives (200 Level) from other political science courses, one or both of which may be internships.

The Government and Public Service Track Requirements
1. American Politics (PSCI 100) and two other 100-level political science courses
2. PSCI 200 for anyone who matriculates in and after Fall 2015
3. One course from Political Science 219, 221-224
4. Two Internships, preferably one of which is with an elected official
5.  One Political Science Seminar (300 Level)
6. Two electives (200 Level) from other political science courses, one or both of which may be internships.