Degree Options: Major, Minor
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“Democracy is when the indigent, and not the men of property, are the rulers.” — Aristotle
What is justice? Why do nations go to war? Why do people vote? As a political science major at Fordham, you’ll study how societies make collective decisions through politics and government. From Aristotle to Spinoza, the U.S. to China, you’ll explore both political theory and practice from a diversity of perspectives.
You will study one of four concentrations—American politics, comparative politics, international politics, or political theory—with faculty who are active, award-winning scholars in the field of political science. We prepare you to think independently, tolerate a diversity of viewpoints, engage with current political affairs (both at home and abroad), and critically analyze the relationship between personal values and public life.
You’ll also hone your skills in writing, communication, and analytical thought.
These are all core components of a Jesuit liberal arts education at Fordham.
But you’ll learn more than political science here. You’ll also study philosophy, literature, theology, art, history, mathematics, languages, sciences, and the performing arts through Fordham’s common core curriculum, the centerpiece of our liberal arts education.
We want you to excel in your field—and as a human being.
As a political science major, you take 10 classes. There are four subfields to choose from:
- American Politics
- Comparative Politics
- International Politics
- Political Theory
The political science department has formal arrangements for semester-long internship experiences off campus:
- Internship in New York State Legislature
- Washington (D.C.) Semester Program, in affiliation with American University
We also help you identify and compete successfully for internships across the city and our majors have landed rewarding placements at dozens of institutions and organizations.
Fordham’s Career Services offers Handshake, database of thousands of job and internship opportunities exclusively for Fordham students.
Every semester, we offer a range of programs and activities, including:
- Faculty Brown Bag Series
- Undergraduate Brown Bag Series
- Forum on American Politics
- Pizza and Politics Series
Some recent events include:
- Lessons and Impact of Ebola Outbreak Examined
- Forum on American Politics, Professor Sean Theriault, University of Texas, Austin, “The Gingrich Senators and Party Polarization in the U.S. Senate”
- Forum on American Politics, Thomas Craemer (University of Connecticut), “Measuring Implicit Racial Attitudes: the Case of Slavery Reparations”
- Former Child Soldier Urges Students to Cherish Education
- Putin is Using Religion to Sustain War in Ukraine
Pi Sigma Alpha
We host the Delta Zeta chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society. Our faculty members select high-achieving juniors and seniors for induction into this honor society, and we sponsor annual programming related to it.
Study abroad enriches you academically, culturally, and personally. There is a world of possibilities available through Fordham’s International and Study Abroad Program.
Civil Rights and Liberties
Religion and American Politics
Voting Behavior and Elections
Islamic Political Thought
Liberalism and Its Critics
Modern Political Thought
A degree in political science prepares you for several career options. Many choose to go on to law school, a traditional career path for political science majors. Others find careers in:
- Government agencies
- News organizations
- Private sector
Get a job, right? Yes, but you want more: a career. Our career services tap Fordham’s ties with more than 2,600 companies. We offer:
- Post-graduation career search
- Resume development, Interviewing practice
- Networking skill development
- Hands-on case-study sessions with industry executives
- Field-specific advising/coaching
You also get access to our powerful (and Fordham-loyal) alumni network, who want to see you succeed as they have.
Learn More About the Political Science Degree
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