You’ll gain a broad understanding of politics in the current world context of continuity and change.

Organized around guided flexibility, our program offers a core of knowledge to help prepare you for a career in political science, government or law — along with the freedom to explore your own areas of interest. The department emphasizes the global nature of the contemporary political world — characterized by the deepening interdependence among nations and regions, as well as a blend of cultures and political systems. Students will study the political behavior of leaders, citizens, and social groups and the formal institutions that carry out public policy, and develop understanding of the hows and whys of governing.

Launch your career


Join SUNY Oswego’s Political Science Club. Get politically involved with the Student Association. Work individually with faculty on areas of particular interest to you. Choose among many opportunities to study abroad — either for short periods as part of a class or in semester, summer, or year-long programs. Earn up to twelve semester hours of credit working as an assistant in local government or citizens’ organizations, state agencies, the state legislature in Albany, or in Washington, D.C., with the U.S. Congress, the White House, or the Supreme Court, as well as non-governmental organizations. Internship placements are also available abroad. Excel, and you could be inducted into the Oswego chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society.


Opportunities include

  • Lawyer
  • Policy analyst
  • Civil servant
  • Foreign service
  • Journalism
  • Lobbying
  • Business

Graduate studies may include

  • Government
  • Law
  • Public policy
  • Business
  • Economics

“If I had to take all my student experiences at SUNY Oswego and lump them into one word, it would be, 'Amazing.' It's been a blessing. The amount of success I've had and the wonderful people I've worked with, I could never really have dreamed it.”

— Adam King ’11