Department of Politics

The Politics Department aims to teach, energize, support, and inspire students. The facts, theories, and skills we ask students to learn are designed to help them succeed personally, professionally, and as community members and citizens of the world. The subject matter is politics, and so our goal is that every graduating Politics Major is knowledgeable about politics and political study, as well as skilled in information gathering, analysis, research, critical thinking, conceptual comprehension, and written and verbal communication.

SUNY Potsdam students pursue the study of politics to prepare for careers in law, government, foreign service, public policy, social action, teaching, business or some combination of these fields.

Still others are drawn to politics because they realize how significantly politics shape our lives, from interpersonal to international relations. Whether students desire a particular type of employment for which a degree in political science uniquely prepares them, or hope to gain a deeper understanding of how individuals and groups can live together under conditions of greater equality, peace and justice, their course of study in the Politics program will lead them to engage in highly systematic, sophisticated and creative forms of analysis and problem-solving.