Political Science Minor:
It is recommended that the student contact faculty for individual guidance in the development of an appropriate minor. This minor consists of 18 credits distributed among three of the five fields of political science.
Political Science Minor in Public Service
The minor in public service is designed to develop a commitment to public service and instill public-regarding values in students, including the value of good citizenship as a vital component of a democratic polity. This minor stresses the ethical implications of government decisions. Accordingly, an extended internship experience in Washington is incorporated into the minor to expose students to the practical consequence of government decisions and to the broader principles of public good that are supposed to guide these decisions.
This minor is compatible with the University's mission of developing critical thinking and analytic skills necessary to sustain and support both political society and the personal progress of our students after they graduate from Adelphi. This program is for any student wanting to spend a semester or summer as an intern in Washington, D.C., while receiving 12 or 15 Adelphi academic credits. See fuller description of the internship program. Preference is given to those applying for internships in their sophomore/junior year or the first semester of their senior year. Prerequisites include: four political science courses, including a seminar, (for a total of 24-27 credits), a 3.3 GPA overall, and approval of the Political Science Internship Committee.
Students interested in the internship must plan ahead in their sophomore or even freshman years so that they will have the necessary prerequisites and so that they will be able to meet the requirements of their major despite one semester in Washington, D.C.
Please see Pre-Professional Preparation section for more information about the joint program with New York Law School and other joint degree/early assurance programs.
Political science majors who wish to pursue a concentration in pre-law preparation should work with their regular faculty adviser. Students interested in pursuing the concentration in pre-law preparation as a political science minor should contact the Department of Political Science to declare the minor and to be assigned a pre-law adviser in the department. Pre-law and local internships are also available. They can be taken for 3 to 6 credits, with approval from Political Science Department faculty.