Political Science, B.A.

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Program Overview

As a political science major, you will take courses that will improve the research, writing, and reading skills that are crucial for success in all professional careers. Studying political science enables you to delve into the political relationships that can unlock your understanding of local, national, and global problems. You will also grasp and engage with politics and power at all levels so that you can become a critical thinker and an active citizen.

Political Science, B.A.

Where You'll Go

A political science degree will develop the critical thinking and writing skills necessary for graduate school or a variety of careers. An undergraduate degree in political science prepares you for a career in consulting, lobbying, finance, law, civil service and government, policy analysis, marketing research, journalism and communications, education, community service and organizing, and nongovernmental and nonprofit organizations.

Major Details

The program information listed here reflects the approved curriculum for the 2023–24 academic year per the Brooklyn College Bulletin. Bulletins from past academic years can be found here.

Major Requirements (30–36 Credits)

This is a writing-intensive program.

  1. One 1000-level Political Science course excluding POLS 1230.
  2. One of the following 3000-level writing-intensive seminars: Political Science 3012W, 3190W, 3191W, 3290W, 3390W, 3391W, 3392W, 3393W, 3490W, or 3491W.
  3. One of the following research methods courses: Political Science 3014W, Research Strategies in Public Policy or Political Science 3423, Mapping Politics: GIS Methods in Political Science.
  4. Political Science 4000W, Capstone Senior Seminar
  5. A total of five additional courses from the 3000-level and above. Only one of Political Science 5001 and 5002 may be included. Only one course numbered 3603–3651 may be included, with the exception of 3650. After satisfying the requirement in part 2 above students may take additional 3000-level writing-intensive seminars to satisfy this requirement.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  1. Recognize and explain key political concepts (such as “power,” “ideology,” and “the state”).
  2. Recognize the multiple theories of power that shape the discipline of political science and employ them to explain the workings of key political institutions, actors, movements, and events across the discipline and in applied settings.
  3. Explain basic political ideas or theories, in writing and orally, using a clear thesis statement, a well-developed argument, and relevant and reliable evidence.
  4. Analyze political phenomena by applying political science theories and at least one social science methodology.
  5. Articulate a clear research question, create a bibliography, and use citations in accordance with conventions of the discipline.

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Internships and Employers

Through job fairs, the internship database, and internship panels, the Magner Career Center gives students in the political science B.A. program access to career opportunities at a wide variety of employers, including:

  • Center for Social Media and Politics (NYU)
  • City University of New York
  • Eurasia Group
  • Higher Heights
  • Kirkland & Ellis
  • Latham & Watkins
  • Murmuration
  • New York State Assembly
  • Pace University
  • Pratt Institute
  • Rutgers University

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