Political Science Department

If careers in law, business, government, politics, law enforcement, journalism and teaching pique your interest, then a political science major would be the perfect choice for you.

The Political Science Department offers a wide range of programs for understanding the political world, preparing you for your chosen vocation and seeking graduate education in politics, law, policy or public administration.

You may also gain practical experience in domestic and international politics, government and the law through our service-learning programs or through internships at the British Parliament, the Irish Parliament or doing government agency work in Belize.

If your goal is to become a lawyer, we will provide you with advisement and assistance in preparing for the law boards (LSATs), a pre-law library, law school trips and speakers, our popular law and justice concentration and our new law and justice minor. We also offer courses on constitutional law and have developed a successful moot court program. Our graduates have gone on to study law at some of the best schools in the nation. We take pride in their success.

Our Alumni

SUNY Cortland's political science graduates have a strong track record of success in a variety of areas. Many of our graduates go on to some form of post-graduate education, including law school and master’s programs. Recent graduates have attended law schools at Cornell University, the George Washington University, Syracuse University, The University of Alabama, University at Buffalo and Albany Law School. Our students have completed master's programs at Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy and Cornell's Institute for Public Affairs. 

We know that in order to continue this strong tradition, we need our alumni to provide guidance and support for our recent graduates. Do you know any successful Cortland political science alumni? If so, please email Robert Spitzer, Ph.D.


News

Blackout March for Justice to be held virtually

Oct. 22, 2020
Webex event unites students, faculty, and community members against racial injustice.

Join post-debate discussions online

Oct. 13, 2020
A Webex series invites students to analyze the debates and America’s future.

Executive-in-Residence to speak on healthcare and politics

Sept. 28, 2020
Rick Pollack ’77 heads the American Hospital Association and has led the nation’s response to COVID-19.

Roundtable forecasts presidential election

Sept. 15, 2020
Presidential scholar Robert J. Spitzer will analyze 2020 result scenarios.

Senior is Cortland’s 14th national Gilman scholar

July 21, 2020
Shaneya Simmelkjaer will study in Ghana during summer 2021

Clubs/Societies

Students interested in participating in politics-related activities outside the classroom can join the Political Science Association. This student-run club sponsors many extra-curricular events involving students and faculty. It invites and hosts outside speakers, holds issues debates on controversial political issues, and organizes a funded annual trip to Washington, D.C., among other activities. 



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