Welcome to the Department of Political Science
The Department of Political Science offers a dynamic faculty dedicated to teaching, mentoring and research. Our faculty members have won teaching and mentoring awards, competitive research fellowships and are published in academic venues and comment or publish within highly respected outlets of public discourse. We pride ourselves in developing students’ analytical abilities, critical thinking, writing, and quantitative reasoning skills to prepare them for dynamic careers in any number of fields including: government service, non-profits, business, education, and law. We also provide unique opportunities for students to explore their academic and career interests.
Some highlights of our department are:
- annual Washington DC trip providing students an insider’s view of the US capital and networking opportunity with alumni
- prestigious internship programs in Washington DC, Albany and locally
- Pi Sigma Alpha, Eta Pi chapter of the national Political Science Honors Society
- Model United Nations Club
- United Nations course taught at the UN
- Career building events
You may wonder what is political science. Political Science examines both domestic and international governance, government and its institutions as well as the connection between government and society. Understanding the complexity of society and government at the local, national and international level can prepare students in a multitude of professions as well as cultivate an informed citizenry. We take great pride in the career accomplishments of our alumni and we welcome you to be part of our dynamic department.
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Major in Political Science
Minor in Political Science
Minor in European Studies
Minor in International Affairs
Minor in Presidential Studies
Minor in Public Affairs
Five Hofstra students left for D.C. in January, excited to bear witness to the peaceful transfer of power. They came back with a greater appreciation for the transformative power of conversation with someone whose views differ from their own.
Political Science Goals and Learning Objectives
Read about the goals and learning objectives for students in the Department of Political Science.