Requirements for the Politics Major and Minor

General Requirements

The major in politics provides students with the opportunity to explore political science both broadly (across five fields of study: Analytical Politics, Political Theory, American Politics, Comparative Politics, and International Politics) and deeply (through concentration in a single field of study).

 

The course requirements for Politics majors are:

 

(1)   10 four-credit Politics courses (with a POL-UA number) with a grade of C or better.

(2)   Of these 10 courses at least 2 must be chosen from among the four “core” courses – Political Theory (POL-UA 100), Power and Politics in America (POL-UA 300), Comparative Politics (POL-UA 500), and International Politics (POL-UA 700).  Most advanced courses have the associated core course or courses as a prerequisite and thus it is a good idea to take core courses as a freshman or sophomore.

(3)   At least 1 course must be taken in three of the five fields:  Analytical Politics, Political Theory, American Politics, Comparative Politics, and International Politics.

(4)   No more than 5 courses (for a total of 20 credits) taken through transfer credit and/or NYU Study Abroad may count towards the major. AP credits are counted as transfer credits.

(5)   No more than 3 courses (for a total of 12 credit) taken in NYU Study Abroad programs (courses numbered POL-UA 9xxx) may count towards the major.


Requirements for the Politics Minor:
 

The minor requires 5 four-credit courses (20 credits) in the department (courses with a POL-UA number) completed with a grade of C or better.  The department requires that half of the minor be completed at CAS. NYU study abroad and/or transfer credits can be applied to the minor, not to exceed half of the required credits. AP credits are counted as transfer credits. A minor program may reflect a special emphasis in one of the department’s five fields.