Political Science

Political Science

Political scientists study the institutional, legal and ethical arrangements of governments, societies and power.

Our students address central questions of contemporary life, such as:  How does society organize and use power to establish civil order? How do we balance the freedom of the individual with the responsibilities of a large and diverse society? What role should the United States play on the world stage? How do our core values influence our public policy choices?

The political science program, situated within the Department of Social Sciences, offers both a major and a minor in the field. As an essential step in preparing students for success, the political science program offers internships in local agencies, nonprofits and political offices and campaigns. Typically, political science students choose an internship in a government agency, the United Nations, a law office or one of the courts in New York City.

Faculty work closely with the History, Criminal Justice, and Journalism and New Media Studies departments to ensure that students have a rich, broad domain of knowledge. Students gain the critical thinking skills and analytical abilities that are vital in a wide array of positions. Some graduates move directly into careers in public service and politics in New York City, state and beyond, while others choose from a variety of options in the private sector.

Political Science is also the home of the Prelaw advising program. However, "Prelaw" is not a major, minor or series of courses; there are no preferred majors for law school.