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Political Science

Extensive opportunities in a fast-paced, competitive field

Want a dynamic career in government service, business, education, or law in an undoubtedly vibrant political climate? An Alfred University Political Science degree affords you the ability to enter the workforce in a diverse range of fields, helping to shape people's lives by engaging in community outreach, public policy, national, state and local politics, communications and journalism, and more.

School

Campus Locations

Main Campus - Alfred, NY

Major

Political Science (BA)

Minor

Political Science

Why PoliSci at AU?

Study Abroad

Fulfill a Global Studies requirement with a short-term study abroad course.

Three Tracks

Concentrate in American Politics, Comparative Politics, or Political Theory.

Internships

Enjoy a semester in Washington working for a Congress person or government agency.

I. Core Courses

  • POLS 110 American Politics
  • POLS 230 Intro to Data Analysis and Statistics
  • POLS 271 World Politics

II. Elective Courses

At least one course from each of the following three groups:

American Politics:

  • POLS 313 State and Local Politics
  • POLS 318 The Presidency*
  • POLS 331 Parties and Elections
  • POLS 411 Bureaucracy*

Political Thought:

  • POLS 120 Great Issues in Politics
  • POLS 340 Classical Political Theory
  • POLS 341 Modern Political Theory
  • POLS 346 American Political Thought*

Comparative and International Politics:

  • POLS 251 European Politics
  • POLS 253 Dictatorship and Democracy
  • POLS 282 Latin American Politics
  • Twelve additional credit hours in Political Science

*these courses have prerequisites; see course descriptions

Education Track

Students seeking to major in Political Science in preparation for a career in middle/adolescent education (grades 7-12) can combine a Political Science Education Track academic major with a minor in Education. The requirements for a Political Science Education Track major are listed below.

I. Core Courses

POLS 110 American Politics
POLS 230 Introduction to Data Analysis and Statistics
POLS 271 World Politics

II. Elective Courses

At least one course from each of the following two groups:

American Politics:

  • POLS 313 State and Local Politics
  • POLS 318 The Presidency*
  • POLS 331 Parties and Elections
  • POLS 411 Bureaucracy*

Political Thought:

  • POLS 120 Great Issues in Politics
  • POLS 340 Classical Political Theory
  • POLS 341 Modern Political Theory
  • POLS 346 American Political Thought*
  • Eight additional credit hours in Political Science

III. Two courses in related social sciences and geography

  • ECON 201 Principles of Microeconomics
  • GEOL 101 This Dynamic Earth

IV. Four Courses in History

  • HIST 110 The Making of Europe
  • HIST 111 Modern Western History
  • HIST 211 American History 
  • HIST 212 American History II
*these courses have prerequisites; see course descriptions
In addition to fulfilling the requirements of the Interdepartmental Major, as well as the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences general education requirements, you'll be required to complete the College's First Year Experience Program or Transfer Student Program.
  • POLS 110 American Politics
  • POLS 120 Great Issues in Politics
  • or POLS 271 World Politics
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 117
  • Plus twelve additional hours in Political Science

Summary

Join us on a journey to Morocco and the Andalusian region of southern Spain, the area called Al-Andalus when it was under Muslim rule.

The trip will begin in Grenada, Spain, where students will visit the great Moorish fortress, the Alhambra, and continue on to Algeciras, gateway to North Africa. Crossing the Strait of Gibraltar, we will enter Morocco at the border town of Tangier, visit the lovely seaside village of Asilah, and stay in Morocco’s capital, Rabat. We will experience the old city of Fes, the charming tourist town of Chefchaouen and the Rif mountains. We will meet with Moroccan students and talk with American Peace Corps volunteers, hold discussions with women’s and youth groups from Morocco, and explore the souks with Moroccan students as our guides. We will visit rural families in the Rif Mountains, and share meals with private families who want to get to know Americans. On our return to Spain, we will visit the beautiful Andalusian city of Sevilla, where we will enjoy the culture of southern Spain and the chance to reflect on the connections we have made across borders, between Islamic culture and the West.

Course Schedule

Crossing Borders: Islam and the West is a four-credit, semester-length class with a trip at the end - two weeks in late May and early June. The course will meet once a week during the semester so students will be well-prepared for their trip to Spain and Morocco. The course is interdisciplinary, with readings that include fiction, political science, history, religion and anthropology. It will fulfill a Global Studies Requirement. Students can register for it as an English, Political Science or Global Studies class.

The Political Science program develops not only reasoning and analytical skills, but also communication
skills, both oral and written. Thus, the study of political science prepares a student to pursue a variety of
careers that include, but are not limited to, law, policy development, public service, national and
international business, communications, and education.

Recent examples include:

  • Investigator - Texas Dept of Family and Protective Services
  • New Business Marketing Director – Corporate Styles
  • Surveillance Investigator – Benchmark International
  • Benefits Specialist – PriceWaterhouseCoopers
  • Compensation Specialist – Towers Perrin
  • Community Development Project Manager – SEDA, Council of Governments
  • Loan Officer – Mortgage Mart, Inc.
  • SEO Writer - HubShout
  • Environmental Analyst – Marasco Newton Group
  • Regional Coordinator – Western Regional EMS
  • Town Supervisor – Town of Wellsville
  • Paralegal – Wilson, Elsca, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker
  • Assistant Director of Development – Eureka College
  • Assistant Manager – Global Equities, Inc.
  • Administrative Assistant – American Physical Therapy Association
  • Legal Assistant – Nixon Peabody LLP
  • Marketing Coordinator – META Engineers, P.C.

Faculty / Staff

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