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Public Administration and Public Service Minor

Courses offered within the Department of Government and Politics are designed to provide students with the analytical skills necessary to evaluate political issues and to function effectively in a political environment. The Department's specific objectives include preparing students for careers in the civil or foreign service, for positions of political or administrative responsibility in the public or private sectors, for careers in the field of education, or for further study as graduate or law students.

The Department's undergraduate curriculum meets these objectives, offering a variety of courses divided into four subfields: American Government, with an emphasis on political institutions and public law; International Relations and Comparative Politics, with an emphasis on area studies; Political Theory, with offerings in classical, modern, and contemporary thought; and Public Administration and Public Service. The curriculum includes research methods and quantitative analysis courses. In addition, undergraduate senior seminars (required of all our majors) involve students in semester-long research projects.

Degree Type
Area of Interest
Associated Colleges or Schools
Program Location
  • Queens Campus
Required Credit Hours


The minor will require 15 credits including:

  • PAS (GOV) 1030 American National Government
  • PAS 1530 Introduction to Public Administration
  • Nine (9) credits of electives from any courses listed as PAS with the consultation of an advisor.

Note: Government majors who pursue the minor in PAS may count PAS (GOV) 1030, which is required for the major, for both the major and the minor.

Only academic programs approved by NYSED are eligible for federal and state aid: NYS Inventory of Registered Programs http://www.nysed.gov/heds/IRPSL1.html.  Minors are not recognized by NYSED therefore associated courses are only eligible for federal or state aid consideration when required by a major or when also used to satisfy a core or general elective requirement.

Contact Us

Fred P. Cocozzelli, Ph. D.

Associate Professor and Chair

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