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Political Science B.A.

Political science students gain research, critical thinking and writing skills that help prepare them for careers in law, public service, electoral politics and public policy, among others.
Professor Shana Kushner Gadarian teaching at Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.
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About this Program

As a student in this program, you will:

  • Use political theory and empirical analyses to make sense of your world.
  • Interpret political phenomena in the United States and in other areas of the world.
  • Take courses on subjects that include democratization in the Middle East, Chinese politics, immigration and citizenship, the politics of globalization, and more.
  • Gain research, critical thinking and writing skills that help prepare you for a variety of careers.

Program Information

Degree Type






College or School

Career Path

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Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs is Syracuse University’s home for innovative, interdisciplinary teaching and research in the social sciences, public policy, public administration and international relations. It includes America’s No. 1 ranked graduate program in public affairs, offering highly regarded professional degrees alongside advanced scholarly degrees in the social sciences. It’s also home to undergraduate programs across the full spectrum of social sciences.
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To complete the major, students must take 10 courses in political science and choose an area of specialization by taking at least three courses in that area. This curriculum is designed to be flexible so students can spend time away from campus and focus on areas of personal and professional interests.

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