Political Science Major & Minor

Hartwick College political science students during Model UN debate

Where degrees in political science can take you.

Hartwick students enjoy a variety of academic experiences that prepare them well for graduate school, law school, and rewarding careers, including teaching, public administration, and business.

Our students work closely with faculty in courses across four sub-fields in political science: American politics and law, comparative politics, international relations, and political theory.

Typically, graduates pursue careers as:

  • Management analysts
  • Paralegals and legal assistants
  • Public relations specialists
  • Market research analysts
  • High school teachers
  • Public administrators and policy analysts
  • Lawyers


According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of paralegals and legal assistants is projected to grow 15 percent from 2016 to 2026, which means there will be over 41,000 new jobs open in the next decade. (U.S. BLS)

Putting political science to work.

Recent political science majors are pursuing advanced degrees at prestigious institutions and working in exciting jobs throughout the field.

Hartwick alumni work for:

  • Members of Congress
  • Peace Corps
  • Harvard School of Public Health
  • New York State Assembly
  • Connecticut State Attorney’s Office
  • City of New York

Recent Hartwick graduates have been accepted to:

  • Cornell University MPA Program
  • George Washington University MPA Program
  • Syracuse Law School
  • Pace Law School

Beyond the basic.

Our students have organized voter-registration drives; worked on local, state, and presidential campaigns; and observed court proceedings and city council meetings. Our students aren’t just studying politics, they’re doing politics. Many intern, whether with members of congress, law offices, county or state judges, or the United Nations. Recent programs led by political science faculty include study in Arizona, Greece, the Czech Republic, and Ukraine.

A closer look.

Hartwick political science majors acquire a solid foundation through coursework across the four sub-field areas, and are encouraged to develop expertise in a particularly interesting area. Many are double majors, combining political science with major concentrations in fields like history, economics, or psychology.

Meet the political science faculty.

Hartwick’s expert political science faculty are focused on the future. That’s because they work hand-in-hand with students who are meant for more. Students who will make a difference in the world when they graduate. Hartwick students.

James Buthman
Associate Professor of Political Science & Coordinator of Environment, Sustainability & Society
Ph.D., Northern Arizona University
Areas of expertise:
Public policy and American government with an emphasis on environmental and energy policy.
Jing Chen
Associate Professor of Political Science
Ph.D., Princeton University
Areas of expertise:
Comparative politics and international relations in Pacific Asia, UN peacekeeping, authoritarianism, environmental politics, and politics in developing countries
Matthew Chick
Assistant Professor of Political Science & Pre-Law Program Coordinator
Ph.D. Washington University
Laurel Elder
Professor of Political Science
Ph.D., The Ohio State University
Areas of expertise:
American politics with a particular focus on public opinion and voting, political parties and elections, and the politics of race, ethnicity, and gender.
Amy Forster Rothbart
Associate Professor and Department Chair of Political Science and Chair of the First-Year Experience
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
Areas of expertise:
Comparative politics and international relations, Russian, East European and Central Asian studies, international environmental policy.

Three-Year Bachelor’s Degree Program.

Ready to move faster? Get the full Hartwick political science experience in three-quarters the time at three-quarters the cost. Learn more about the three-year program.


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