Sebastien Lazardeux, Chair
In political science, students explore the world, the nation, and the law. Through their explorations, they see how politics affects almost every dimension of what goes on around us. Political science also provides an excellent background for a broad range of careers and advanced study, including graduate school, law school, government service, applied politics, commerce, and industry. In preparing students to face and understand an ever-changing nation and world, political science equips students with not only a solid background in various elements of politics, but also in the analytical, research, and communication skills necessary for success in the workplace, their community, and as citizens.
The political science major is one of two majors offered by the Department of Political Science and Legal Studies. Political science at Fisher covers all the major subfields of the discipline, including American government and politics, comparative politics, international relations, and political theory. Whenever possible, these subfields are examined in terms of theoretical and applied considerations and implications. To gain a more in-depth understanding beyond the required courses, political science majors are strongly encouraged to focus their electives in just one subfield. Majors are also encouraged to pursue a second major in a field such as legal studies, international studies, or economics.
Juniors and seniors majoring or minoring in political science may qualify to participate in the SUNY-Brockport Washington Program. This premier internship program offers students a guided intensive work and academic experience in the offices of key participants in the national policy-making process—the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government, political parties, or select interest groups. Students may also participate in the State Assembly or Senate internship programs in Albany, or in local internships in the Rochester area. Study, research, and work experience in federal, state, or local government give participants firsthand knowledge about political and administrative processes, and have often been the springboard for rewarding and challenging career opportunities.
Honor Society and Political Science Club
The department sponsors the Psi Delta Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society. Political science majors who have a 3.00 GPA in their junior year, at least one 300-level political science course, and a record of involvement and activity in the department or the College may be invited to join. Activities have included sponsorship of debates, community forums, and voter registration drives. The Political Science Club is open to all students with an interest in politics and political science.