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Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014 
Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Political Science

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About the Department

Political science deals with the political, social, economic, and cultural arrangements through which people govern their lives. It attempts to interpret the past, explain the present, and often dares to draw images of the future. As a discipline, political science bridges several fields:  the evolution of political thought and debates about contested political ideas today; comparing different types of political systems and how they meet familiar political challenges; the use of power and influence by states and other actors to achieve their goals cooperatively or competitively with important consequences for the security, prosperity and well-being of societies around the world; and the relationship, past and present, between the American people and their governing institutions. 

Students will find courses on:

a) the ideas of great thinkers from Plato to the present;
b) forms of popular political participation and engagement;
c) the causes of war and peace;
d) democratic and authoritarian political systems;
e) international political economy;
f) women and politics;
g) American institutions ranging from the presidency to the courts;
h) International and U.S. constitutional law;
i) important areas of public policy such as immigration;
j) and the political systems of countries in Latin America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.

Political science explores large and vital questions about democracy, justice, peace, participation, power, leadership, security, development, human rights, and more.

A large number of political science majors choose some branch of public service upon completing their bachelor’s degrees, often building upon internship experiences they have had as Hunter students.  Graduates have pursued careers in government within the United States and  some go into teaching. Others enter business. Some work in journalism. Still others enter politics or go on to law school or graduate training.

Political science, therefore, prepares students for a variety of career opportunities as well as for a lifetime of active citizenship.

Programs and Courses

 Programs and Courses in Political Science 

Administration and Faculty

Department Office:

1724  West
(212) 772-5500
Web site:


Carolyn Somerville
1719 West
(212) 772-5669


Political Science Faculty 

HEGIS Code 2207


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