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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.


Murals to embrace racial equity

Jan. 25, 2022
Student art supporting Black Lives Matter will be installed in Moffett Center.

History Channel interviews alum

Dec. 7, 2021
Sheila Myers ’85 turned her love for Raquette Lake into research on the Gilded Age’s Durant family.

Ceremony raised awareness about transgender violence

Nov. 23, 2021
The campus community held a Nov. 18 vigil outside Corey Union to mark 45 deaths nationwide.

Online forums address voting, healthcare and climate

Sept. 21, 2021
The public deliberative series begins with ‘safeguarding elections’ on Oct. 7.

Robert Spitzer appears in political documentary

Sept. 2, 2021
CNN has rescheduled its screening of "The Price of Freedom," about politics and gun control, to Sunday, Sept. 19.


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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