• 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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    Boroujerdi weighs in on US-Iran tensions in Washington Times

    "The Iranians do have an appetite for negotiating, but I think what is holding things up right now—and that’s the part that the Trump administration perhaps is not really comprehending—is they have to save face," says Mehrzad Boroujerdi. He was interviewed for the Washington Times article "Mike Pompeo softens U.S. rhetoric on Iran: 'Trump does not want war'."

     

    Boroujerdi discusses Japanese PM's visit to Iran in ThinkProgress

    Mehrzad Boroujerdi was interviewed for the ThinkProgress article "Japanese PM’s visit to Iran might cool tensions between Tehran and Washington." According to Boroujerdi, the meeting between the Japanese prime minister and Iran essentially constitutes indirect talks between Iran and the United States. "That is the main reason for the trip regardless of what each side says," Borourjerdi said.

     

    Reeher weighs in on possible 4th term for Governor Cuomo in Daily Star

    Grant Reeher was interviewed for the Daily Star article "Poll shows opposition to 4th term for Cuomo." Governor Cuomo could be facing "the fatigue factor," with more voters now looking to "change the dialogue and change the players" at the statehouse, says Reeher. "Voters develop sets of norms and expectations about the length of term in office and those can be very powerful."