Political Science Major

Sample Courses

  • American Politics
  • International Politics
  • Political Theory

Popular Electives

  • Democratization
  • Global Political Economy
  • Human Rights
  • Identity Politics
  • Judicial Politics
  • Terrorism and National Security
  • West European Politics

Recent Internships & Field Experiences

  • Livingston County District Attorney
  • Livingston County Family Court
  • Monroe County District Attorney Office
  • New York State Assembly
  • Office of Representative Joseph Morelle
  • US Department of Justice
  • US State Department
  • The White House

Alumni Spotlight

Matthew Fitzgerald ‘14, JD

Major: Political Science

Career: Fitzgerald is an attorney with Phillips, Lytle LLP, in Buffalo, NY. “Geneseo allowed me to go straight out of college to get an internship in a congressional office, then to law school, and then to get a full-time job. I love what I do.”

Political Science Major

Why study political science at Geneseo?

The political science major focuses on the study of politics in the United States and other countries other than the United States, the political relations between nations, and the contributions of political philosophers. The major helps students develop analytical, writing, digital, quantitative, and speaking skills as well as learn to think critically about political life in a variety of settings.


Program Options

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Program Highlights

  • Exceptional faculty who focus on student learning
  • Numerous co-curricular opportunities
  • Active Model UN Club that recently participated in simulations at McGill University, the University of Chicago, and the University of Pennsylvania
  • Political Affairs Club’s annual trip to Washington, DC, which connects majors with political science alums at their workplaces to discuss career options and strategies

Example Career Fields

  • Business
  • Education
  • Law
  • Government
  • Non-Governmental Organization
  • Politics

Recent Employers or Grad Schools

  • American University
  • Boston University
  • Cornell University
  • CUNY
  • Temple University
  • University of Albany
  • University of Buffalo
  • University of Michigan

Contact Info

Karleen West, Department Chair
Fraser Hall 107C

Political Science & International Relations

PolySci & IR Faculty

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