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, power, and women is explored with a special sensitivity. The regular faculty consists of two full-time members.