Political Science Department

Political Science Department Overview

The study of political science acquaints students with the principal concerns of the discipline and helps students to acquire an inquisitive and critical outlook on the political universe around them. The political science faculty is committed to graduating well-rounded individuals mindful of their connectedness in this interdependent world. Our curriculum is designed to help students meet the intellectual and moral challenges of citizenship.

Please note: Hartwick College focuses on offering fall, January, and spring term undergraduate courses in person, however circumstances may require us to offer a small number of courses in this department through distance education. In times of emergency, following regulatory guidelines, all classes may temporarily need to be delivered through distance education, including online. We also offer a slate of courses online in the summer to help our students make progress towards their degrees. With support from an academic advisor, students needing particular courses may have other online options as well. If you have questions about the way courses are delivered in your program, please contact your Department or Program Chair.

Exciting Student Outcomes

Hartwick political science students complete research and internships and are well-prepared for employment or graduate school.

Graduate School
Law School JD Candidate
Pace Law School
The Legal Aid Society of NYC Intern
Alexis Epstein ’18

Law School JD Candidate
The George Washington University
Keely McMahon ’18

Ph.D. in Political Science
Syracuse University
Brianna MacMahon ’17

Delegate Team Field Staff for Biden for President 2020 Campaign
Joe Nolan ’19

Americorps Vista Volunteer Organizer, Reading Partners
Denver, CO
Alaina Shires ‘15

Project Manager
Children and Youth First United Nations High Commission on Refuges
New York, NY
Anjali Limbu ‘15

Political Science Requirements

Ready to be political science major or minor? Interested in a minor in legal studies? Here’s what it takes.

Political Science Major & Minors


Political Science Courses

Political science courses are offered in four areas of study: U.S. Politics, International Relations, Comparative Politics and Political Theory.

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Special Opportunities

The Department of Political Science faculy are committed to integrating hands-on learning experiences into their courses. Students have opportunities to engage in United Nations and Congressional simulations, forums and debates, and faculty research.  Internships and off-campus study experiences are encouraged.

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Political Science Faculty

Meet our Political Science Faculty

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