Political Science

Welcome to the Political Science Department on the New York City Campus.

Our department is pleased to welcome you to Political Science, one of the most popular and fastest growing majors on the New York City campus. With this major, you can have the opportunity to get involved in politics at all levels of government; our students have had internships in New York City Council, participated in the Democratic and Republican National Conventions in 2008, the Inauguration Seminar in 2009, and the unique CSPAN course that allows students to interview politicians and pundits, as well as traveled to D.C. and the Hague, the Netherlands to represent our internationally ranked, award-winning Model United Nations team.

What is Political Science?
Political science is the systematic study of power at local, national, and global levels. This diverse academic discipline focuses on a wide range of issues and concepts, such as conflict, justice, rights, distribution of power, voter choice, political campaigns, political leadership, social movements, how political institutions function, decision-making within governmental and nongovernmental organizations, and ways to understand and approach major challenges such as racial injustice, gender violence, war and conflict, poverty and inequality, the climate crisis, ideological conflicts (religious, political parties, nationalist, etc.), democratization, and globalization.

Why Political Science?
At Pace University, the mission of the Political Science Department on the New York City campus is to:

  • provide students political literacy, or the critical thinking skills necessary to understand how power works at various levels of government and society, to identify the major challenges in our world, and to evaluate different perspectives on issues affecting our lives
  • to empower students through multiple civic education opportunities to become active participants in shaping the world.

If you want to have a role in understanding and changing the world around you, this could be the major for you. Our majors and minors go on to highly ranked graduate and professional programs, fellowship programs in the U.S. and around the world, political campaigns, governmental positions, nongovernmental organizations, journalism, public relations, teaching, and various other areas.

Did you know that Pace has two strategic campus locations? Find out more about Political Science degree programs offered on our Westchester campus.

For more information, contact:

Jessica Lavariega-Monforti, PhD
Professor and Chair
Department of Political Science
Dyson College of Arts and Sciences
Pace University
41 Park Row, Room 413
NY, NY 10312
Email: jlavariegamonforti@pace.edu