Political Science Major

Political science affects the air we breathe, the schools we attend, the jobs we do, the communities we live in and the taxes we pay. If you choose this major, you’ll learn the principles at work behind the decisions that affect every aspect of our lives. If active engagement in the political system is for you, a political science major is a great way to get started.

Career Potential

  • State or federal legislative aide
  • Campaign manager
  • Local, state or federal elected representative
  • Journalist/reporter
  • Federal agent
  • Local, state or national government employee

What Will I Learn?

  • Complete a core curriculum covering the basics of U.S. and world politics, research techniques and political theory.
  • Explore the different fields of political science through upper-division course work
  • Complete a capstone course either through a seminar or internship experience

Concentration Option

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  • Preparation for law school or law enforcement 
  • Explore the legal and political dimensions of American government

Special Features

  • Pre-law advising: Advice on LSAT, law school selection, academic preparation and alumni speakers from the legal profession
  • Strong liberal arts backgroundRobert Spitzer

Get Involved

College is more than a classroom. Enhance your experience with extracurricular opportunities.

  • Local and distant internships in Washington, Albany, London and Belize
  • Moot Court competition
  • International opportunities in Europe with the Model European Union or study abroad with the British or Irish parliaments

Student Clubs

Honor Societies

Pi Sigma Alpha, The National Political Science Honor Society

Next Steps

Contact Us

Office: Old Main, Room 207
Phone: 607-753-4105
Fax: 607-753-5760

Fast Facts

Our graduates have gone on to study law at schools such as Cornell, George Washington University New York University and Syracuse University

Type of Degree

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Credit Hours: 120


We recognize excellence in our students with awards and scholarships.

  • Pi Sigma Alpha Senior Award for Best Portfolio
  • Award for Outstanding Achievement in Law and Justice
  • Pi Sigma Alpha Junior Award for Best Portfolio
  • Award for Outstanding Achievement in Public Administration and Public Policy
  • Pi Sigma Alpha Award for Best Paper
  • William Rogers Memorial Award for Excellence in Political Science

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