Welcome to the Department of Political Science in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences at Pace University.

Our department is pleased to welcome you to Political Science, one of the most popular and fastest growing majors. With this major, you have the opportunity both to learn about and 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, Presidential Inauguration Seminars, 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, Geneva, and Rome 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. Faculty in our department specialize in a wide range of fields, from human rights, to Latinx politics, immigration, politics of race and religion, and politics in Southeast Asia and China.

Why Political Science?

At Pace University, the mission of the Political Science Department is to:

  • provide students with 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.

Find out more about the BA in Political Science offered on both our New York City and Pleasantville campus, and our BA in Latina/o Studies program offered on our New York City campus.

For more information, contact:

Amy Freedman, PhD
Political Science Department Chair
New York City and Pleasantville
(212) 346-1224