Political Science (A.A)

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The Social Sciences, Human Services and Criminal Justice Department offers a major in Political Science which will lead to an Associate in Arts degree. Political Science is an interdisciplinary field that introduces students to a variety of topics and issues including political parties, the media, elections, ancient and modern political theory, and political social movements.  The discipline allows students to critically analyze their government, including how it works, why it works that way, and how it might evolve.

As a Political Science major you will:

  • develop a critical understanding of the issues facing our cities (especially but not exclusive to New York City),
  • learn how to conduct political research,
  • perform policy analysis,
  • distinguish between biased and unbiased information and
  • develop valuable skills including understanding public policy, and writing clearly with the inclusion of critical analysis.

These skills will be useful to students in their future careers and as global citizens.

Political Science majors can work for:

  • city, state, and federal government offices,
  • in international affairs,
  • as governmental liaisons within a private company,
  • in campaigns, consulting or data analysis, or
  • in the non-profit sector for community-based organizations.

Political Science can also teach skills necessary for students to work collaboratively in ethnically, racially, and ideologically diverse environments.

Students completing this program can transfer seamlessly into the B.A. in Political Science at Brooklyn College/CUNY without the loss of credits.

Transfer Options

BMCC has articulation agreements with several four-year colleges to allow you to seamlessly continue your education there.

Explore Careers

BMCC is committed to  students’ long-term success and will help you explore professional opportunities. Undecided? No problem. The college offers Career Coach for salary and employment information, job postings and a self-discovery assessment to help students find their academic and career paths. Visit Career Express to make an appointment with an advisor, search for jobs or sign-up for professional development activities with the Center for Career Development. Students can also visit the Office of Internships and Experiential Learning to gain real world experience in preparation for a four-year degree and beyond. These opportunities are available to help BMCC students build a foundation for future success.


Political Science Academic Program Maps

Required Common Core

Flexible Common Core

Curriculum Requirements


POL XXX Political Science Electives
Select 2 courses from any 100-level or 200-level courses not taken above.
POL 2XX Political Science Electives
Select 2 courses from any 200-level courses not taken above.
Social Science Electives 6
Liberal Arts Elective Courses 9
Total Curriculum Requirements 30
Total Program Requirements 60

Social Sciences, Human Services and Criminal Justice Department

199 Chambers Street, Room N-651
New York, NY 10007
Phone: (212) 220-1210

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