By using theoretical, historical, empirical, and ethical approaches, political scientists analyze political systems, public-policy making processes and the political behavior of public officials and citizens. The faculty at Geneseo strongly encourages the examination of concrete political case studies, the examination of political values and the sharpening of analytical skills necessary to careers in politics, government administration and law, and to effective citizen participation.
The faculty of the Department of Political Science and International Relations has developed four career area plans for students who wish to use the major and related courses from other academic disciplines to prepare for specific career goals. These four career plans are not designed to be exclusive, but to assist students who wish to organize their program with specific career objectives in mind.
Areas of Concentration
The political science curriculum at Geneseo emphasizes the basic areas of American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Politics and Political Thought.
American Politics includes study of American national government, state and local government, political behavior, the legal system, constitutional rights and liberties, public administration, and public policy.
Comparative Politics includes evaluations of different political systems, the Third World, and area studies of East Central Europe, Western Europe, Israel, Latin America, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.
International Politics includes various global issues, U.S. foreign policy, global economy, human rights, theories of international relations and the politics of international economic relations.
Political Thought includes the basic components and issues of political theory, developments from Plato and Locke, major political philosophers, twentieth century political criticism, and problems of American thought.
The Public Administration Minor provides students training in public management and policy-making to supplement the pre-law concentration and/or a major in business or other social science areas. Courses are drawn from political science, business, geography, sociology and computer science.
The International Relations Minor offers substantive and analytical background in foreign affairs, national security studies and international economy.
The Legal Studies Minor provides opportunities to gain substantive and critical backgrounds in preparing for law-related careers.
The Religious Studies Minor provides the opportunity to gain a critical understanding of the role of religion in society and in the development of human perspectives.