The Department of Political Science plays a vital role in encouraging
students across campus to redefine citizenship in a global context.
Within this department and throughout the College, international
study has become a crucial component of students' undergraduate
experiences. Semesters abroad provide students with a first-hand
sense of issues surrounding global politics and policy. Many Political
Science majors, for example, have participated in the renowned
Hansard Scholars Programme, in which students live in London
and intern in Parliament for a semester. Studying and working
abroad has provided many School of Liberal Arts students with the
knowledge and experience needed to win Fulbright Fellowships and
other prestigious grants.
Closer to home, many students develop their skills by serving as
presenters and organizers the annual Student World Affairs Conference
held in the Hudson River Valley. Political Science majors have been
involved with the World Affairs Council of the Mid-Hudson Valley (WAC)
and the local chapter of the United States Association of the United Nations (UNA-USA). On campus, the Department of Political Science also regularly sponsors talks on global topics, ranging from global migration to the Ebola crisis to the political behavior of dictators and democrats. In addition to courses within the major, faculty in the department have also developed several First Year Seminars that touch on issues related to political science, including Is Voting Enough? Worldwide Elections and Democracy; The Global Drug Trade; Eco-Warriors, Tree-Huggers, and Sellouts; Genocide and Human Rights; and Muslims & Arabs in America & Europe.