Department of Political Science, Queens College
The Undergraduate Program
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 three
specialization tracks: International Politics, Law and Politics,
and Government & Public Service (Students are not required to
choose a track, but may do so.)
Declaring a Major or Minor in
Students wishing major or minor in Political Science should
work out a comprehensive course of study in political science with
a Faculty Advisor
To do this, students must fill out a Major
, have it signed by a faculty advisor and
submit the approved form to the department office prior to applying for graduation.
The department will not approve students for
graduation without this form.
Why Be a Political Science
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1. What Skills Can I Learn?
Almost every aspect of our lives is affected by decisions made by
local, state, and national governments. Yet Americans are
surprisingly uninformed about the processes and institutions that
produce those decisions. For instance, did you know that in
the 2017 poll from the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg
Public Policy Center,
*More than one in three Americans (37%) could not name a single
right protected by the First Amendment.
* Only one in four (26%) can name all three branches of the
government. (In 2011, 38% could name all three branches.)
* One in three (33%) can't name any branch of government. None.
Not even one!
But not our majors! A political science major is better able to
understand how our political system works and apply this knowledge
in the real world, to advance their own careers as well as to
promote meaningful changes in our society.
Political and Policy Process
first and foremost, our program gives students an in-depth
knowledge of our political system but also other political systems
in the world. Our majors:
Civic Learning and Engagement
- Understand how our government and other
governments work and why
- Understand policy platforms and options
- Understand interest groups and public
- Evaluate, formulate and implement
policies at local, national and international levels
Our democracy depends on the ability and willingness of people to
demand rights and accountability of our countrys leaders. So
often, people feel as though they cannot make a difference. Our
program helps students understand how they might:
Exercise leadership and citizenship in a
Address issues of public concern and the
quality of civic life in communities
Take or lead collective actions to promote
Influence public policy and agency decisions
through civic, electoral, and political voice
Critical Thinking Skills
The ability to think clearly and rationally is important whatever
you will choose to do. The new knowledge economy places increasing
demands on flexible intellectual skills and the ability to analyze
information and integrate diverse sources of knowledge in solving
problems. Our program helps students acquire analytical skills to:
Assess problems, policies and policy options
from a variety of perspectives
Discern useful information/data from bad to
solve problems or make decisions
Think "outside the box"
Think logically, independently and globally
Leadership and Organization
In our dynamic society, both the public and private sectors need
people who can think and plan strategically, manage diverse
peoples and interests, and mobilize these effectively for actions
and decisions. Our program helps students understand how they may:
Coordinate group efforts and collective
Aggregate interests and develop consensus
Interact with government and non-government
Organize information and resources
Do you find some leaders and peers more persuasive than others? In
today's hectic world, we rely heavily on sharing information and
exchange of ideas. Good verbal and written communication skills
are essential to deliver and understand information effectively
and accurately. Our program helps students hone skills to:
Present ideas clearly and effectively, both in
writing and verbal communication
Listen actively and critically
Negotiate and mediate conflicts
Manage social media and digital communication
Do you have the skills to succeed in todays global economy?
Skills such as global insights, global competence, and global
perspectives? Our program can help students:
Understand diverse cultures and international
Understand global threats and conflicts, from
conventional to unconventional ones
Work individually and in teams across
Understand global diplomacy and negotiation
Methods and Research
How comfortable are you with todays data-driven world? How do you
approach problem solving with scientific approaches? Our program
helps you learn to:
Interpret and analyze data
Perform basic quantitative analysis
Perform data interpretation for broad
Design and conduct research
To answers to the following questions, please visit our Career Advising page.
What Kind of Jobs Can I Get as a
Political Science Major?
Im about to graduate! What do I
do? I need a job!
How Do I Search for Jobs Online?
New York City Employment Trends
Can I See Some Actual Examples of
Jobs for Political Science Majors?