Political Science Special Opportunities

Cherilyn Lacy

Cherilyn Lacy

Brendan Cahill '12

Brendan Cahill ’12

Hands-On Learning

The Department of Political Science is committed to teaching excellence. The faculty regularly integrate hands-on learning experiences into their classes such as United Nations and Congressional simulations, debates focused on contested issues in national and international politics, and interactions with political leaders and organizations.

Political Science Off-Campus J Term Programs

The department also directs off-campus January Term programs to various locations including Sustainable Public Policy in Arizona and Economics and Politics of Post-Communist Transition in the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Moldova.


The Department of Political Science encourages majors to complete at least one internship in the field. Internships provide opportunities to test theory in practice, to gather information for senior thesis research, to be active participants in the political process, and to investigate possible careers.

Student Research and Conference Participation

Political science majors have opportunities to work closely with faculty on their own research projects and as research assistants. Political science majors have a successful record of presenting their research at professional conferences and have even published their work in professional journals.

Mehri Best Senior Thesis Award

Every year the department recognizes outstanding theses by nominating them for the Mehri Best Senior Thesis Award. We encourage you to take a look at the most recent Thesis Award Winners.

How the Affordable Care Act Impacted Women’s Health – Hannah Pettis ’21

America the Beautiful: For Some, but Not For All. – Jennifer Paszko ’21

Let’s Talk About the Elephants (Not) in the Room: The Causes Behind the Growing Gender Partisan Gap in Congress – Abby Meltzer ’20 

Democracy and Protection of Human Rights: Evidence from Croatia and Turkey – Ariana Mattice-Lybrand ’19

Running Like a Girl: Does Implicit Gender Bias Still Affect Presidential Candidate Evaluations Post-Hillary? – Jacqueline Davis ’17

What Defines A Successful Peacekeeping Mission? An Analysis of the United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR) In Bosnia and Herzegovina. – Allison Pinski ’17

Is the GOP’s Gentleman Only Party Ready for Women? A View from the New York State Legislature – Molly Warrington ’16

Can Gun Policy Alleviate Mass Shootings? – Alaina Shires ’15

Are Minority Voting Rights In Danger? The Aftermath of Shelby County v. Holder – Alyssa Galea ’14

“Localism and Environmental Justice for All” – Nicole Daniels ’13

Model UN and Political Science Honor Society

Political science students also have the opportunity to participate in Model UN and get involved in our award-winning chapter of the national political science honor society, Pi Sigma Alpha.

Career Opportunities

Hartwick political science graduates go on to earn graduate degrees in political science or allied fields such as public administration. Some find employment working for members of Congress, other government agencies, and they work as teachers, journalists, and business people, among other careers. A number of Hartwick political science majors attend law school and go on to practice law in a variety of fields.

Careers with a Political Science Degree 

Other special opportunities our students have engaged in include:

  • Interning with the New York Assembly
  • Wick in Washington (job shadowing professionals in Washington D.C. )
  • Voter registration drives
  • The Stephen L Green competition for student papers on issues in U.S. democracy
  • Student Senate
  • The Political Science Club
  • Attending national political conventions
  • Volunteering for presidential political campaigns in New Hampshire

Graduate School Opportunities

Hartwick political science graduates are heavily recruited by the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs MPA Program. Our graduates consistently standout and are actively engaged in all the Cornell MPA program has to offer. They are successful and have forged exciting careers in the public and private sectors.

The Cornell Institute for Public Affairs program requires: strong writing and communications skills, solid data analytical skills, and the desire to engage in the world to make it better. These form the foundation of a Hartwick College degree.

Visit the CIPA website for more information.