Is “exporting” American democracy to other nations good foreign policy? Why is U.S. health care policy different from that of other countries? What role does the internet play in grassroots political movements? Is it true that “all politics is local?”
The political science program at Nazareth College is the study of justice and power. Political scientists study power relationships the way economists study markets. With a focus on political philosophy, U.S. government, comparative politics, and international relations, our program helps students become informed citizens and prepares them for careers in public service and political leadership.
Courses include relevant subjects like campaigns and elections, conflict in the Middle East, health care policy, and the politics of developing countries. We also explore the pros and cons of various political theories, the impact of American foreign policy on the global community, and the complexities of the legislative process.
Students are also encouraged to experience the world of politics firsthand through internships in Washington, D.C., Albany, and Rochester. Pre-law students have the option to work in the local district attorney's office and private law firms as well.
During their senior year, political science majors Jesse and Benjamin participated in the Election Fellows Program, funded by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission to recruit classmates as volunteer election inspectors at the polls.