• 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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    Elizabeth Cohen discusses her book Citizenship on New Books Network

    Elizabeth Cohen spoke with the New Books Network about her recently published book Citizenship (Polity Books, 2019), co-authored with Cyril Ghosh. The book takes the reader through the authors' approaches to the concept of citizenship and begins by highlighting how it is not always or often consistently applied and understood.


    Thompson examines the meaning of success in religious life in GSR

    "So as we look ahead to where religious life is going," writes Margaret Susan Thompson, "can we overcome an unfortunate and perhaps even unconscious obsession with size and numbers and instead focus on the inspiration that should be central to our understanding of "success," even — or especially — in religious life?" Thompson's article, "'Success' in religious life: What is it?," was published in Global Sisters Report.


    Jackson discusses forgiveness after violence on WNYC's The Takeaway

    "The expectations have remained relatively rigid," says Jenn Jackson. "What's happening, at least in my research, is that young people have been organizing for a great deal of time. And what they've been saying is that, you know, enough is enough." Jackson was interviewed on WNYC's The Takeaway for the segment titled "The Expectations of Forgiveness from Black Americans in the Aftermath of Violence."