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Majors/Minors

Dual Major in Adolescence Education: Social Studies and Political Science (7-12) [SST and POL]

This program in the Political Science Department allows students who major in political science to qualify for certification to teach adolescence education in social studies (grades 7-12). It combines a major in political science with additional course work and professional teacher preparation.

Career Potential

  • Teaching adolescence social studies
  • Professional schools such as law or social work
  • Business
  • Government and non-profit agencies and organizations

Program Details for Dual Major in Adolescence Education: Social Studies and Political Science (7-12) [SST and POL]

Law and Justice Minor [LAJU]

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

This minor examines the place of law and justice in government, with a focus on the American system. An emphasis on law and justice would be ideal for a career related to law.

Career Potential

  • Attorney
  • Judge
  • Law enforcement
  • Government representative

Program Details for Law and Justice Minor [LAJU]

Political Science [POL]

This major in the Political Science Department examines the broad range of concerns surrounding people and the power of government; it provides a strong grounding in American government, comparative/international politics and political theory.

Political science majors 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 different fields of political science through upper division course work. Finally, all students must complete a capstone course either through a seminar or internship experience.

Career Potential

  • State or federal legislative aide
  • Campaign manager
  • Local, state or federal elected representative
  • Journalist/reporter
  • Federal Agent

Program Details for Political Science [POL]

Political Science Minor [POL]

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

An opportunity to develop some fundamental knowledge in the areas of American government, comparative /international politics and political theory.

Career Potential

The minor is ideal for students interested in learning more about the nations of the world and excellent for those teaching in public schools, seeking careers abroad or to simply better understand the world outside of America’s borders.

  • Campaign manager
  • Elected representative (local, state or federal)
  • Journalist/reporter
  • Legislative aide (state or federal)

Program Details for Political Science Minor [POL]

Political Science: Concentration in Law and Justice [POL/LAJU]

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

Political science majors concentrating in law and justice 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 legal and political dimensions of American government through upper division course work. Finally, all students must complete a capstone course either through a seminar or internship experience.

Career Potential

  • Attorney
  • Law enforcement
  • Judge
  • Representative — federal, state or local

Program Details for Political Science: Concentration in Law and Justice [POL/LAJU]

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

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 

Program Details for Political Science: Concentration in Public Administration and Public Policy [POL/PADM]

Political Science: Minor with an Emphasis in Comparative Politics and International Relations [POL/CPIR]

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

An ideal minor for students interested in learning more about the nations of the world. Excellent for those teaching in public schools, seeking careers abroad or to simply better understand the world outside of America’s borders.

Career Potential

  • Teacher
  • Foreign service officer
  • International business representative
  • Journalist
  • National security

Program Details for Political Science: Minor with an Emphasis in Comparative Politics and International Relations [POL/CPIR]

Political Science: Minor with an Emphasis in Public Administration and Public Policy [POL/PADM]

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

This minor offers an opportunity to develop fundamental skills in the analysis of public agencies and public policies and is a key start for students interested in graduate school.

Career Potential

  • Press secretary
  • Lobbyist
  • Government official
  • Policy researcher

Program Details for Political Science: Minor with an Emphasis in Public Administration and Public Policy [POL/PADM]