Leadership in the Art of Politics

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Our classes focus on critical engagement with current political practices globally and in the U.S. The Political Science major will give you the skills you need to pursue a career in political organizing, public policy, government, or law. Learn how to save the world…one step at a time.

What can I do with a major in political science?

Department Concentrations

Student interests and faculty expertise have led the Department of Politics to create three distinctive concentrations within the major. Students can choose to concentrate in one of these areas or can complete a major without a concentration.

Law & Policy

Whether you want to go to law school, work for a government agency, or advocate for change with an NGO, this concentration will help you develop the knowledge of the legal and policy-making process that you need to work effectively at the grass-roots right up to Congress.

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Politics of Environment & Sustainability

Environmental concerns are not just technical problems, they’re key social and political challenges. This concentration explores links between environmental issues, social justice, individual freedom, and strategies for change.

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Global Politics

Politics, economics, and culture are increasingly global. This concentration will develop your understanding of the actors and organizations that shape our world, while deepening your understanding of the diverse peoples, politics, and cultures outside the U.S.

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News & Announcements

  1. Week of Teach-ins (already in progress). Students for Quality Education is having a Week of Teach-ins Sept. 28-Oct. 2. During the week, SQE's HSU chapter- and on and off campus organizations-will discuss: history of police, alternatives to policing, and abolition movement. This week will be an opportunity to educate ourselves/others and see how we can move past policing and what it means to defund the police. See the attached flyer for remaining presentations and Zoom info.
  2. Free Dinner & Stuff, Oct.
  1. Dialogue on Racism, White Supremacy, and Anti-Racism, Sept. 10. The goal of this dialogue--sponsored by the Dean of Students Office and the Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion--is to provide a space for our campus community to ask questions, to share how these incidents have impacted them, and discuss how the campus community can work together to address racial and social justice issues. We will be dividing groups into breakout sessions based on how participants identify themselves racially to minimize the harm. Sept.
  1. Sustainable Futures Speaker Series webinar, May 7. Dr. Sarah Ray will present “Coming of Age at the End of the World: An Existential Toolkit for the Climate Generation” from 5:30-7 p.m. on Thursday, May 7. Register here. Sarah Jaquette Ray has been leading undergraduate environmental studies programs since 2009.
  1. Virtual Teach-in on Climate Solutions and Justice, today. On April 7, the Center for Environmental Policy at Bard College is coordinating a Virtual Teach-in On Climate Solutions and Justice: 55 university-hosted webinars, one in almost every state and internationally, focused on ambitious but feasible state and local solutions to help solve climate by 2030.
  1. Lecture TODAY, “Addressing the Political Divide: The Pursuit and Protection of Identity.” Dr. Amber Gaffney of the HSU Psychology Dept. will address research on partisanship as a social identity that people actively seek to defend. She will discuss new empirical data that directly addresses political polarization and extremism. Her talk will conclude with a discussion of the state of the Democratic Party.