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  • The Department of Political Science is devoted to the study of politics and government, domestically and abroad. This includes the study of political institutions that exercise government authority, including legislatures, courts, and administrative agencies; political organizations through which individuals and groups seek to reshape the political landscape, including parties, interest groups, and social movements; public policies that reflect governmental efforts to regulate the actions of individuals and corporations, including civil rights, immigration, and environmental policy; and the interactions between and among nation-states and transnational organizations that shape patterns of trade and development, conflict and cooperation, war and peace.

    At the undergraduate level, political science majors will be exposed to political inquiry across a broad array of substantive topics, while also concentrating in one of the following areas: American Politics & History, Law & Politics, Political Economy, Political Participation & Mobilization, Global Governance & Foreign Policy, Political Violence & Conflict, Public Policy, Parties & Elections, Comparative Politics, Citizenship & Democracy, or Political Thought & Philosophy. 

    At the graduate level, doctoral students receive broad training in quantitative and qualitative methods of social science research, while also concentrating in two of the following substantive fields: American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, Political Theory, Public Administration & Policy, or Law & Courts.
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    PhD candidate Laksmana writes essay for the German Marshall Fund's Transtlantic Take

    Political science PhD candidate Evan Laksmana explains how Indonesia's new president could strengthen ties with Europe and the United States in an essay for the German Marshall Fund's Transtlantic Take.

    Erdogan's presidency: A risky gamble?

    A recent op-ed piece by assistant professor Yuksel Sezgin was published by Al Jazeera. In the article, Sezgin argues that Recep Tayyip Erdogan's presidency could seriously weaken Turkey's Justice and Development Party and hurt its chances in future elections.

    Jewish Observer of Central NY publishes Elman op-ed on Hamas

    In “Hamas terrorism can’t be defeated by military means,” Miriam Elman suggests that “only a negotiated peace with a moderate Palestinian leadership based on the premise of ‘two states for two peoples’ will provide Israelis with the quiet borders that they deserve and the Palestinians with the freedom and dignity that they deserve.”

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