Our Political Science Department emphasizes critical thinking, writing, and oral communication — skills currently in great demand in business. The program prepares students for graduate study or a job in law, journalism, government, or business. Our graduates have obtained jobs in politics, special interest groups, international agencies, and national, state, and local governments.
Political Science majors have the opportunity to gain practical experience through internships and cooperative education in federal, state and local government (e.g., in the offices of U.S. Representatives, New York State Assembly, State Senate, City Manager) as well as with state judges and in private law firms. In addition to preparing students to enter the world of politics and power, the program develops an understanding of the challenges and benefits of living in a multi-cultural and global society.
The program includes courses in American government and law, international relations, comparative politics, and political theory; however, the study of Political Science also encompasses politics, history, economics, sociology, philosophy, psychology, religion, and much more. Within the courses the relationship between the law, government, society, and power is explored with a special sensitivity. The regular faculty consists of two full-time members.
The major requires a minimum of 36 credits with a maximum of 45 credits. Required courses are recommended in the following sequence:
- POS 100 - Introduction to American Government 3 cr. 1st or 2nd year
- POS 200 - Comparative Politics 3 cr. 1st, 2nd or 3rd year
- POS 250 - International Politics 3 cr. 1st, 2nd or 3rd year
- POS 230 - History of Political Theory 3 cr. 3rd or 4th year
- POS 390 - Reading Seminar 3 cr. 3rd or 4th year
- POS 401 - Thesis Proposal 3 cr. 4th year
- POS 491 - Senior Thesis 3 cr. 4th year
In addition, the major will take at least five electives.
A minor in Political Science consists of 18 hours of course work selected by the student in consultation with the department advisor. The department recommends that the program includes one seminar, a balance between introductory and advanced courses, and a distribution of areas that best complements the student's major course of study.
For course descriptions, visit the catalog.