Courses and Registration

For I.  Courses and Required Curriculum:  To keep track of your courses and requirements, we create a worksheet for each International Affairs student.  (The college’s Degree Audit office also has a parallel form, which we also follow.)  Below are the worksheets for IA students, which are updated each semester and are sent electronically so that you can add to them at any time.

Form for students entering before Fall 2016  Student Record Form Thru S16

Form for students entering Fall 2016 or after Student Record Form F16

Courses:  This is a two-year program, with 15 credits to be completed each year.  Below is the full list of courses offered in the IA masters program.  Fuller descriptions of each course can be found by clicking on the course or looking on the Brooklyn College website.  Along with the comprehensive and language exams, the requirements are: Ten courses (30 credits) with the following distribution:

I. Four Required Courses, to be taken during the first year:

  1. POLS 7610: Modern International Politics 
  2. POLS 7720: Comparative Politics
  3. POLS 7160: Research Methods
  4. POLS 7960: Professional Development in International Affairs

II. Six Electives – any of the following 26 courses:

  1. POLS 7000: Statistics in Political Science
  2. POLS 7060: Biopolitics
  3. POLS 7070: The Politics of Race and Nation
  4. POLS 7080: Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Human Rights
  5. POLS 7181: Politics and Religion
  6. POLS 7620: Global Governance
  7. POLS 7630: International Law
  8. POLS 7640: Global Gender Politics
  9. POLS 7650: Human Rights: Theory and Practice
  10. POLS 7665: Political Economy of Migration
  11. POLS 7680: The Politics of Climate Change
  12. POLS 7712: Politics of East Asia
  13. POLS 7713: Politics of the Middle East and North Africa
  14. POLS 7714: Politics of Africa South of the Sahara
  15. POLS 7715 African Gender Politics
  16. POLS 7716: Politics of Latin America
  17. POLS 7730: Postcommunist Politics
  18. POLS 7735: Global Cities
  19. POLS 7740 Violence, Security and Politics
  20. POLS 7745 Comparative Participatory Democracy and Social Movements
  21. POLS 7750 Democratization and Global Justice
  22. POLS 7760 Comparative Social Policy
  23. POLS 7780: Political Development
  24. POLS 7810: Genocide and Ethnic Conflict (POLS 7810X)
  25. POLS 7811 Genocide and Transitional Justice: The Case of Cambodia
  26. POLS 7910: Master’s Thesis
  27. POLS 7940: Internship and Independent Study 1
  28. POLS 7950: Internship and Independent Study 2

With department approval, up to 12 credits (four courses) from other Brooklyn College or CUNY graduate programs may substitute for any of the electives above.

For descriptions of each course, see the Political Science page :

III Schedules

Fall 2018


# TItle Instructor Area Time
7600 US Foreign Policy Ness IR Tuesdays 6:05-7:45
7670 North-South Politics Okome IR Wednesdays 6:05-7:45
7712 Politics of  East Asia TBA Comparative Thursdays 6:05-7:45
7735 Global Cities   Kamat IR Thursdays 6:05-7:45
7960 Professional Development Johnson Wednesdays 6:05-7:45
7720 Comparative Politics Siegel Comparative Tuesdays 6:05-7:45
7910 Master’s Thesis Ungar
7940 Independent Study Ungar

Spring 2019

Elective 1: TBD
Elective 2: TBD
Violence, Security, and Politics
Human Rights
7610 Modern IR
7001 Methodology
7910 Master’s Thesis Ungar
7940 Independent Study Ungar

II.  Registration: Registration is done on CUNY First.  When you begin the program, your ID will give you access to the university system, where you can register for classes at Brooklyn and anywhere in CUNY.  (If you are on academic probation, the chair will complete the required form.)

To take a course outside Brooklyn College, first ask your advisor for permission.  You can then apply for an E-Permit on CUNY First, which is then approved by Brooklyn College and host campus.  Only students in their first semester cannot apply for e-permits on CUNY First, but instead download the e-permit form on the portal: go to e-services, click on Student Transactions, and under Registration folder click on “Take courses at another CUNY college (ePermit).”  Fill out the form and turn it into the E-Permit Office in the West Quad Building.
College Support: The Office of the Bursar provides an appointment service for all registered Brooklyn College students. The Bursar Counseling Appointment Tool (BCAT) will allow students to register for a one-on-one appointment with a Bursar advisor in a private setting to  handle issues that include:  *Account review:  Detailed questions about charges or payments on a student’s account;  *Tuition liability charges:   Inquiries regarding charges for dropped courses;  *CUNYfirst issues:  Problems viewing or paying a balance online; *Payment options: Questions about payment options available to students.  No appointment is required to make payments or for basic account inquiries. For these services, please visit the Bursar representatives at the Enrollment Services Center in the lobby of the West Quad Building.   Students may access BCAT via BC Webcentral and selecting E-Services > Schedule an Appointment > Bursar Counseling Appointment Tool (BCAT).  Appointments are available Monday to Friday, 10:30 – 4:30, and Monday and Wednesday until 6:30.  If you have any questions or comments regarding this service, please contact

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