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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.
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    Faricy discusses the third presidential debate on Bridge Street

    Chris Faricy says the main takeaway is that it's unprecedented for a major candidate to say before the election that they might not accept the results. Watch the interview on WSYR's "Bridge Street."

    Katko, Deacon hold debate on Campbell Conversations

    WRVO will air the first debate between Republican John Katko and Democrat Colleen Deacon on Thursday, October 20 at 6 p.m. Grant Reeher, host of “The Campbell Conversations” on WRVO Public Media, will be moderating the hour-long debate. Read more and listen to an excerpt here.

    Thomsen discusses America's voting system in WalletHub article

    Danielle Thomsen says it's important to ask whether our political system fairly represents the interests of the citizenry in the WalletHub article, "2016’s States with the Most and Least Powerful Voters."
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