Political Science


The Political Science program at Oswego provides students with a broad understanding of politics in the current world context of continuity and change. Political Science majors will gain a foundation in American Politics, Global Politics and Political Theory, then will go on to concentrate on an individual course of study.

Majors and Programs

Most students in our department receive a BA degree in Political Science. Minors in Peace and Conflict Studies and Public Policy are available in the department, and students are encouraged to investigate related interdisciplinary majors in Global and International Studies and Women's Studies. The department has a Political Science Honors program for exceptional students. Study abroad is strongly encouraged.

Student Opportunities

Students are encouraged to work closely with faculty doing independent study and research. In addition to the department's Honors program in Political Science, in which exceptional students do a year-long independent research thesis in their senior year, students can sign up for independent study working on a particular topic or research project with individual faculty members.

The department also offers an extensive program of internships both in national, state and local government as well as in non-governmental organizations and settings such as law firms. There is an active Political Science Club run by students and an active chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national Political Science Honor Society.


The political science faculty consists of nationally and internationally known scholars in their fields who publish regularly in journals and books.  They combine scholarship with a commitment to teaching to produce a department of true teacher-scholars.

Bruce Altschuler. American presidency; public opinion and media.

Lisa Glidden. Global politics; Latin American politics; women in Latin America; environmental politics.

Miriam Jimenez. Politics of immigration; US Congress; public policy.

Walter Opello. Global politics: war and the state; European politics; African politics.

Stephen J. Rosow. Political Theory; Critical democratic theory; politics and theory of globalization.

Michael Ruddy. American politics.

Craig Warkentin. Department Chair. Global politics; international organization; internet politics; global civil society.

Dr. Cristina Dragomir. American Politics, Immigration

Jennie Han. State Sovereignty, Indigenous Rights, Legal responses to genocide

Eric Snyder. Critical Thinking in Politics, American Government

After Oswego

Graduates in political science have gone on to Masters and Ph.D. programs in schools such as Columbia, Johns Hopkins, Boston University, Fordham, CUNY, Albany and Penn State, and to top law schools such as Cornell. Others have gone on to work in New York State government and on the staff of elected officials.