Why Choose Nazareth for Political Science?

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 degree 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.

Political science majors 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.

Program Highlights

  • Political science majors develop essential skills for understanding primary texts, applying theories to new situations, building arguments, and analyzing political processes.
  • Small classes and individual attention from faculty.
  • Experiential learning with internships and independent study projects.
  • Emphasis on research, writing, oral presentation, and critical thinking.
  • Methodologies include historical, philosophical, and behavioral approaches.
  • A solid general knowledge foundation gives political science majors the flexibility to enter a broad range of careers such as law, government service, politics, journalism, and education.

Contact Information

Sharon R. Murphy

Sharon R. Murphy

Professor in History & Political Science
Golisano Academic Center 457

Education: B.A., Daemen College; M.A. and Ph.D., University of Notre Dame

Areas of Academic Interest: Middle East politics, African politics, U.S. foreign policy, general international relations

Greg Hyde '07 sits at a table after being sworn-in to the Connecticut State Bar in 2012

Spotlight: Greg Hyde '07

"What I appreciated the most about the political science program at Nazareth is I could tell from day one that I would be spending my time with people who were invested in my development as a person. I really loved taking classes with Dr. Timothy Kneeland and Dr. Sharon Murphy. Their passion for politics was contagious," says Hyde, who became a lawyer. Read a student interview with Hyde about his Naz experience, his law office on Wall Street, and his weekly ESPN wrestling podcast.

3+3 Law Degree

To help talented legal studies and political science majors interested in a law degree or a career in law, Nazareth partners with Syracuse University College of Law to provide an expedited and discounted opportunity.

Example Careers/Outcomes

  • Congressional aide
  • Election supervisor
  • Correspondent/journalist
  • Urban planner
  • Lobbyist
  • Campaign manager
  • Attorney
  • Research assistant
  • State Department/Foreign Service
  • Intelligence

Internships/Field Experiences

  • Semester internship in Washington, D.C. or Albany
  • Internships at private law firms and the Monroe County District Attorney and Public Defender’s offices
  • New York State Attorney General for Consumer Affairs
  • Offices of the Mayor of Rochester, members of the House of Representatives, and the U.S. Senate

Graduate School/Employers

  • Cornell University
  • Syracuse University
  • The Honorable Rep. Louise Slaughter (D—NY)
  • Monroe County Democratic and Republican parties
  • Americorps
  • New York State Assembly