Political Science, BA
Students in the BA in Political Science program engage in a living discipline that extends far beyond classroom walls. Through exposure not only to political theory and concepts - but to practical experiences and internships, interaction with real policymakers, and primary sources of international news and information – students develop the critical insights, skills, and contacts needed to succeed in the real world.
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 non-governmental 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, ideological, nationalist, etc.), democratization, and globalization.
Why Political Science?
At Pace University, the mission of the department 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
- empower students through multiple civic education opportunities to become active participants in shaping the world.
The primary goal this field of study is to develop student knowledge and competencies to foster more effective citizens and leaders in the world, helping to solve some of the critical problems facing the world today, both locally and globally.
Students can expect engrossing debates in a friendly atmosphere and lively lectures by knowledgeable faculty who will challenge students to think critically, and grow academically and professionally, in order to meet the career opportunities of the 21st century.
The faculty of the department includes nationally and internationally recognized scholars, who are also engaging teachers, whether in the classroom or online. Their scholarship is evidenced by their numerous books, monographs, and articles published in journals, newspapers, and periodicals intended for general audiences. The department’s faculty members also present their research at international, national and regional conferences.
Students who choose to major or minor in any of the department’s academic disciplines have an opportunity to gain practical, resume-building experience through participation in the award-winning Model United Nations team, as well as internships in museums, historical societies, archives, government agencies, and think tanks.
Some recent student internship experiences have included:
- The United Nations
- The International Refugee Rights Initiative
- The www.howgreenismytown.org project
- The Washington Center for Academic Internships and Seminars
- American Civil Liberties Union
- New York Immigration Coalition
- International Center for Transitional Justice
Our graduates have gone on to have successful careers in fields including, but not limited to:
- Federal, state, and local governments
- Advanced education in government and public administration
- Political campaigns
- Public and private interest groups
- Foundations and intellectual or benevolent institution
- Careers in business, especially with corporations that do business internationally
- Law enforcement agencies and other criminal justice organizations
- Military service
- Law school
- Public service, nonprofit administration and work with non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
- In addition, many of our graduates have gone on to graduate or law school, careers in higher education, education, nonprofit organizations, law, government agencies, multi-national corporations and financial institutions.