This discipline focuses on a diverse range of issues and concepts, including: conflict, justice, rights, distribution of power, voter choice, political campaigns, political leadership, social movements, the functioning of political institutions, and decision making. Students study how to research and address major challenges such as racial injustice, gender violence, war and conflict, poverty and inequality, the climate crisis, ideological conflicts, democratization, and globalization.
Students majoring in Political Science at Pace University quickly realize that the wall between the classroom and the real world doesn’t exist. The classroom becomes the gateway from one to the other, and New York City becomes the laboratory within which a study of politics from the local to the international level takes place. City Hall, State legislative offices, and the federal courts are all across the street, and the United Nations and the offices of most NGO’s two subway stops away.
Political Science at Pace has the unique ability to connect theory and practice, scholarly work and civic engagement, local politics and international affairs. Students develop the critical insights, skills, and contacts needed to succeed upon graduation. Political Science in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences offers an innovative curriculum that emphasizes multiple perspectives in local, national, and international political life.
Our students have also won prestigious fellowships, such as the Fulbright, and have entered law schools and graduate schools, reporting that their education at Pace University prepared them for the rigorous writing, research, and thinking required in these settings.
The following are just some of the fields in which our students have created meaningful careers:
- United Nations and diplomacy
- Nonprofit nongovernmental organizations (NGOs)
- Journalism, media and communications
- Political campaigns and election work
- Elected office
- Teaching careers in political science, diplomacy, government and public administration
- Public service in federal, state, and local government
- Business, especially with corporations that do business internationally
- Careers in the legal profession
- Environmental policy
- Violence prevention and conflict resolution