Are you fascinated by political processes like law, government, diplomacy, and ethics? Do you want to make a difference in policies affecting the environment, energy, healthcare, and poverty? Are you interested in the past and the present? If so, Buffalo State College’s Political Science program might be the perfect choice for you.
“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the students,” said Muhammed Sumbundu, '13, a political science alumni about the Model EU program. “We get to discuss European policies with European students.” Sumbundu led a delegation representing France. “I played the president,” he said. “Other students played the finance minister and the ambassador.”
“What affected non-white Americans for decades is now seeping into the white middle class and whites sees themselves as the victims,” said Michael Stephen Pendleton, associate professor of political science, speaking to the 2016 presidential election. “Republicans have milked this sentiment for years. Now Trump is taking it to a new level.”
Our political Science Program is designed to help students build a strong foundation of skills that will prepare them for careers in law, government, and policy. The bachelor of arts program enables students to concentrate in international relations or public administration and policy, or to develop a more individualized program under the general political science concentration. It provides students with both a theoretical and practical understanding of governmental policy and practice. The focus of the degree is broken into four study concentrations:
In addition, our political science students benefit from:
Buffalo State College is committed to offering its students hands-on experience that extends beyond the classroom. Opportunities open to political science majors include:
Students have numerous opportunities for internships. For instance, the Washington, D.C. semester allows interns to work in a Washington, D.C., office for 32 hours a week, take classes on Fridays, and complete a major research project. This experience has led to many job opportunities for our students in the D.C. area.
Other internship opportunities that allow students to experience the world of politics firsthand.
Political science is well-known for being the “pre-law” major, and many of our students pursue law school upon graduating. However, there are many other opportunities in the fields of law and government which do not require law degrees. Examples include:
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