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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, Law & Courts, or Security Studies.
  • Celebrating Maxwell's 90th

    90logoThe Maxwell School, which opened officially in October of 1924, is turning 90 this fall. To mark this anniversary, we’ve planned a series of on-campus events throughout the upcoming semester.

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    Turkish women’s rights beyond Islamists and secularists

    Professor Yuksel Sezgin, director of the Middle East Studies Program, writes in the Washington Post that despite some positive legislative initiatives in Turkey, the country continues to be one of the worst places in the world to be a woman.

    Maxwell alumna Kathleen Hochul is NY State lieutenant governor-elect

    Kathy Hochul ’80 BA (PSc), a former U.S. congresswoman who represented New York's 26th congressional district from 2011 to 2013, has been elected lieutenant governor of New York State.  She will take office on January 1, 2015. 

    New book from Thomas Keck explores judicial review and politics

    Thomas Keck, associate professor of political science and Sawyer Chair of Constitutional Law and Politics, is the author of a new book, Judicial Politics in Polarized Times (University of Chicago Press, 2014).

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