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Maxwell / Department of Political Science
  • 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.

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    Thomsen book explores why so many moderates opt out of Congress

    Danielle Thomsen, assistant professor of political science, examines the factors behind today's hyperpartisanship in her new book, Opting Out of Congress: Partisan Polarization and the Decline of Moderate Candidates.

    Gadarian discusses WikiLeaks in Bustle article

    Shana Gadarian was quoted in the Bustle article, "Real Journalists Skewer Julian Assange's Wikileaks Election Boast." "I'm not sure that WikiLeaks has made people more critical consumers of news as much as less trusting in authority, including the news media," says Gadarian.

    Drew Kinney '14 MA (PSc) publishes article on US counterterrorism

    PhD candidate Drew Kinney '14 MA (PSc) discusses U.S. counterterrorism in his article, "The Threat Remains," published on the Utica College Center of Public Affairs and Election Research website.