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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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    Zoli discusses terror attacks in Europe on CNY Central

    Corri Zoli was interviewed on CNY Central about the recent terror attacks in Europe and the U.K. Zoli says while the U.S. remains a target, it's more frequent overseas."We've had attacks, of course, Orlando for instance, San Bernadino, others. But we haven't had the kind of proliferating attacks that Europe and Britain have had," she explains.

    Thomsen discusses lack of Republican women in Congress in Wash Post

    Danielle Thomsen's article, "This explains why there are so few Republican women in Congress," was published in the Washington Post. Thomsen and her co-author suggest that money is the reason for the disparity between Republican and Democratic women in Congress.

    Part 2 of Barkun's interview on white supremacy published in Salon

    In the Salon article, "Understanding contemporary white supremacy, part 2: How do we deal with this new form of an old phenomenon?," Michael Barkun discusses what people most misunderstand about white supremacy and how we can deal with right-wing extremist groups.