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  • 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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    There is absolutely no place for behavior or language that degrades any individual or group’s race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, disability, or religious beliefs.

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  • Political Science News

    Gueorguiev discusses digital control, currency in China in Noema Mag

    "China’s Surveillance State Will Test the West," written by Dimitar Gueorguiev, was published in Noema Magazine. "Now China is attempting to centralize digital control over financial transactions.," says Gueorguiev, associate professor of political science. "The impending introduction of electronic currency will give China’s government unprecedented ability to track individual and institutional transactions. In the not-so-distant future, China’s government will not only have insight into how the people spend scarce resources—it will also have the vision to decide who deserves more and who will settle for less," he says.


    Gadarian discusses forthcoming book on politics, COVID with Raw Story

    Professor Shana Kushner Gadarian is the co-author of the forthcoming "Pandemic Politics: How COVID-19 Exposed the Depth of American Polarization" (Princeton University Press). The book looks at how the former president put his needs first, creating polarized conditions around public health that are still present today. "We have survey data looking at policy attitudes, behaviors and evaluations of government from March 2020 to April 2021. These partisan gaps that we saw early on have stuck around," says Gadarian. Read more in the Raw Story article, "A new book proves right-wing politics caused mass injury and death."


    Reeher weighs in on Gov. Hochul's 2022 strategy in Spectrum News piece

    In New York, COVID-19 and politics are inextricably linked, which could get very complicated for Gov. Kathy Hochul. “What I see her doing right now is pushing restrictions and regulations about as far as they can be pushed given the appetite of the people for them at this point,” says Professor Grant Reeher, director of the Campbell Public Affairs Institute. “I think she’s done a good job of trying to figure out where that tipping point or that balance point is and run right up against it.” Read more in the Spectrum News article, “2022 will be Hochul’s magni momenti annus.”


Department of Political Science
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Syracuse, NY 13244-1020
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