Political Science involves the systematic study of the public affairs or politics of the state. Political Scientists study all factors instrumental and influential in the acquisition and exercise of power for the purposes of public control or governance on the local, national and international level. In a globalizing world emphasizing organizational skill, socio-political knowledge and communications, political scientists find a wide array of career options and opportunities. The Yeshiva College Department of Political Science seeks to help equip students with the knowledge, research and analytical skills necessary to live and to work in a competitive and fast changing global world. The major is designed to give the student a breadth of knowledge of the discipline while affording him the opportunity to gain specialized knowledge through an area of concentration of his choice.

 

Requirements

Major

Total Credits: 33

There are three parts to the major:

  1. Introductory courses that provide a foundation to the different sub-fields of the discipline
  2. Elective course distribution that provides greater breadth and deeper understanding of each sub-field
  3. Free electives that allow students to pursue the area(s) that they find most interesting. 

 

Introductory Courses: Students must take three of the five following courses:

9 Credits

 

 

POLI 1101

Introduction to American Politics (offered every Spring)

3 Credits

 

 

POLI 1201

Introduction to Comparative Politics (offered every Fall)

3 Credits

 

 

POLI 1301

Introduction to International Relations (offered every Spring)

3 Credits

 

 

POLI 1401

Great Political Thinkers (offered every Fall)

3 Credits

 

 

POLI 1501

Fundamentals of Political Science* (offered every Fall)

3 Credits

 

 

It is advised to take the introductory courses by the end of the first semester of the junior year.

 

 

Electives

24 Credits

 

 

Students must take at least one elective course in each of the subfields of political science

(American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations and Political Theory).

Note: One of these courses may be a 4th introductory level course (not Fundamentals of Political Science)

12 Credits

 

 

The remaining four courses may be taken in any subfield of political science. 

12 Credits

 

 

Since introductory courses are meant to provide a foundation in a subfield, it is strongly recommended that students take a field introductory course before they take an elective course in that subfield.

Students may use up to two courses cross-listed with other departments toward their elective requirements.

Students may also take one internship to count towards the elective requirement. Before students register for internship credit, they need to consult with the department and with the Academic Advisement Center to learn of specific requirements and restrictions of this option.

 

 

 

 

 

Political Science Minor

Total Credits: 18

 

Introductory Courses: Students must take Two of the five following courses:

6 Credits

 

 

POLI 1101

Introduction to American Politics (offered every Spring)

3 Credits

 

 

POLI 1201

Introduction to Comparative Politics (offered every Fall)

3 Credits

 

 

POLI 1301

Introduction to International Relations (offered every Spring)

3 Credits

 

 

POLI 1401

Great Political Thinkers (offered every Fall)

3 Credits

 

 

POLI 1501

Fundamentals of Political Science* (offered every Fall)

3 Credits

 

 

 

*Recommended for those considering a major in the department, or for non-majors who would like a comprehensive overview of the discipline.

 

 

Electives

12 Credits

 

 

Students must take at least one elective course in three of the four subfields of political science (American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations and Political Theory).

9 Credits

 

 

The remaining one course may be taken in any subfield of political science. 

3 Credits

 

 

Since introductory courses are meant to provide a foundation in a subfield, it is STRONGLY recommended that students take a field introductory course or Fundamentals before they take an elective course in that subfield.