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Political Science: Concentration in Public Administration and Public Policy [POL/PADM] (Major)

Political Science Department
Robert Spitzer, chair
Old Main, Room 207
607-753-4105

Political science majors concentrating in public administration and public policy are expected to complete a core curriculum covering the basics of U.S. and world politics, research techniques and political theory. In addition, students are expected to explore the relationship between politics and public administration through upper division course work. Finally, all students must complete a capstone course either through a seminar or internship experience.

Career Potential

  • City manager
  • Administrator for nonprofit organization
  • Government official
  • Pollster 

A. Required Courses: 18 credit hours
  • POL 100 - Introduction to American Government and Politics (3 cr. hr.)
  • POL 112 - Introduction to Political Research (3 cr. hr.)
  • POL 240 - Introduction to Public Administration and Public Policy (3 cr. hr.)
  • POL 270 - Introduction to Political Theory (3 cr. hr.)
  • POL 312 - Methods of Political Analysis (3 cr. hr.)
  • POL 341 - Current Issues in Public Policy (3 cr. hr.)
B. Internships: minimum 3 credit hours

Note: The Internship requirement meets the capstone course experience

  • POL 480 - Washington Semester (16 cr. hr.)
  • POL 482 - New York State Legislative Internship (15 cr. hr.)
  • POL 483 - Public Administration and Policy Internship (3 cr. hr.)
C. Elective Courses: 15 credit hours
  • POL _29: Special Topics in Political Science (by advisement)
  • POL 242 - Environmental Policy (3 cr. hr.)
  • POL 304 - Constitutional Law I - Powers (3 cr. hr.)
  • POL 308 - Environmental Law (3 cr. hr.)
  • POL 320 - The Legislative Process (3 cr. hr.)
  • POL 326 - State and Local Government (3 cr. hr.)
  • POL 347 - The Politics of Education Policy (3 cr. hr.)
  • POL 348 - Gun Control: Crime, Law, Policy (3 cr. hr.)
  • POL 372 - American Political Thought (3 cr. hr.)
  • POL 405 - Discrimination Law (3 cr. hr.)
  • POL 420 - The American Presidency (3 cr. hr.)
  • POL 440 - Law and Politics in the Administrative Process (3 cr. hr.)
  • POL 441 - Comparative Public Policy (3 cr. hr.)
  • POL 485 - Field Study in Political Science (1-16 cr. hr.)
    Note: only three credit hours of POL 485 may be used toward meeting the elective course requirement.
D. Capstone Experience Requirement

See capstone courses listed above in section B Internships, or select one from the following:

  • POL 470 - Justice and Society: Theory and Practice (3 cr. hr.)
  • POL 471 - Legal Theory (3 cr. hr.)
  • POL 484 - Prelaw Internship (3 cr. hr.)
Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 120