Fall Orientation for Graduate Students

Fall Orientation for Graduate Students at Brooklyn College
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Doors are opened at 4:30 pm
Maroon Room, 6th Floor, Student Center
Networking Social
Come meet your peers and college representatives. Refreshments will be served.
5:00-5:45 Graduate Student Organization Reception
Gold Room, Student Center, sixth floor
5:45 pm-6:00 pm, Gold Room, Student Center, sixth floor
Milga Morales, Vice President for Student Affairs
Joseph Awadjie, President of the Graduate Student Organization
Meet and Greet Your Deans and School Representatives
Various rooms, Student Center
6:00 pm-6:45 pm
School of Visual, Media and Performing Arts-Occidental Lounge, 5th Fl.
School of Business-State Lounge, Student Center, 5th Fl.
School of Humanities and Social Science-Maroney-Leddy, 4th Fl.
School of Natural and Behavioral Science-Alumni Lounge, 4th Fl.
School of Education-Jefferson-Williams Lounge, 4th Fl.
STEPPING IT UP: Your Graduate Pathway to Academic and Professional Success Workshops and Informational Sessions
**Pick one out of two**
6:50-7:30 pm, various rooms, Student Center
Please note that “Master’s Thesis and Comprehensive Exam-All You Need to Know!”  Workshop will be repeated at 6:55 pm.
·         Master’s Thesis and Comprehensive Exam-All You Need to Know!
Jefferson-Williams Lounge, Student Center, fourth floor
Receive valuable tips on how to prepare to write a Master’s Thesis and take the Comprehensive Exam
·        Library in a Nutshell: An Introduction to the Brooklyn College Library
Alumni Lounge, Student Center, fourth floor
Everything about the library you need to know to succeed. Come to this workshop to learn tips for finding books, e-books, scholarly articles and other information at Brooklyn College and beyond!
7:35-8:15 pm, various rooms, Student Center
·         Steps to Your Professional Success-Identifying your skills, building your resume
Alumni Lounge, Student Center, fourth floor
Learn to navigate the wide range of career programs offered by the Magner Center in order to effectively market your skills and talents.
·         Master’s Thesis and Comprehensive Exam-All You Need to Know!
Jefferson-Williams Lounge, Student Center, fourth floor
Receive valuable tips on how to prepare to write a Master’s Thesis and take the Comprehensive Exam

Fall Courses

Many courses are filled, but the following classes still have openings for MA students:

Political Systems of Sub-Saharan Africa (POLS 7714, code 69554) with Professor Okome

- Global Gender Politics (POLS 7640 code 74484) with Professor Johnson  3:40-5:20PM   5604 James Hall

Why have women gained formal political power in some countries, but not in others? How are women mobilized around the world and with what impact?  How can international organizations promote women’s rights? How do we get beyond Western notions of women’s rights?  This course is the opportunity to study these questions with a global focus.    An essential course if you want to work in  • human rights   • development    • democratization   •   social justice   Or at the    •  United Nations     •      World Bank     • US State Department.
For more information, contact  Professor Janet E. Johnson at Johnson@brooklyn.cuny.edu


Fall internships: HRIU

The Human Rights in Iran Unit (HRIU) seeks interns for the Fall 2014 semester to help the team research and analyze, from a variety of quantitative and qualitative perspectives, the performance of the Iranian Government on the 126 recommendations it accepted during its 2010 United Nations Universal Periodic Review (UPR). Interns will help conduct research, produce info-graphics on Iran’s rights practices, participate in public outreach, and support other activities in preparation for the United Nations General Assembly and Iran’s November 2014 UPR.  Schedule is flexible, but will approximately one full day per week for 14 weeks.  Through POLS 7950, 3.0 credits will be counted toward the MA degree.  Contact Mark Ungar at MUngar@brooklyn.cuny.edu for more information. 

Co-Sponsorship Statement and Policy

The Department of Political Science at Brooklyn College welcomes requests to co-sponsor speakers and events from all student groups, departments and programs. We co-sponsor events because we as a department value the open and free exchange of ideas. As educators, we place great value on learning, inside and outside the classroom. At our commuter campus, students’ time is scarce, as most have jobs. We want our students to care enough about ideas and about politics to plan and attend such events. By sponsoring and co-sponsoring speakers, we are not endorsing the ideas expressed; in the past we have sponsored and co-sponsored speakers as various as Omar Barghouti, Alan Dershowitz, Kathleen Cleaver, Elliot Abrams, Glenn Greenwald, Judith Butler, and Leonard Garment. We are instead acknowledging and encouraging students’ contributions to the intellectual life of the campus.


For our soon-to-be graduates, please note that filing for graduation is not the same as requesting tickets to walk in the commencement ceremony. If you would like to participate in the ceremony and would like tickets for friends and family members, call the Division of Student Affairs at 718.951.5352 to request tickets.

Survey: class times and summer classes

The MA program would like to get your input on your preferred times for masters courses.  We now offer most courses in the evenings, but can schedule them in the afternoons and other times if there is enough interest.   When you can, please take this two-minute survey.  It will help us tremendously in knowing when, and where, you would like your classes to take place: http://bit.ly/poli-sci-Fall2012