2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog 
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2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Political Science Department

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Robert Spitzer, chair
Old Main, Room 207
(607) 753-4105
Fax: (607) 753-5760
Email: poldept@cortland.edu


Arts and Sciences


Seth Asumah, Judith Best, Christopher Latimer, Mary McGuire, Tom Pasquarello, Robert Spitzer, Henry Steck

Adjunct Faculty

For a listing of adjunct faculty see the Faculty and Administration  section.

Programs Offered

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
Bachelor of Arts in Adolescence Education: Social Studies and Political Science (7-12)

Majors Offered

Political Science
Adolescence Education: Social Studies and Political Science (7-12)

Concentrations Offered

Law and Justice
Public Administration and Public Policy

Minors Offered

Political Science
Public Administration and Public Policy
Comparative Politics and International Relations
Law and Justice


The Political Science Department offers a wide range of programs for students interested in understanding the political world, pursuing careers, and seeking graduate education in politics, law, policy or public administration. A political science background leads to careers in law, business, government, politics, law enforcement, teaching and journalism. Majors participate in special and individualized programs, including a semester in Albany or Washington, D.C. Prelaw and public administration internships are offered in cooperation with nonprofit organizations, and various state and local government offices. Majors also pursue careers in elementary or adolescence education.

Special Features

  • Prelaw Advising – advice on LSAT, law school selection, academic preparation and alumni speakers from the legal profession
  • Internships – local and distant, e.g., Washington, Albany, London, Belize
  • International opportunities – Europe with the Model European Union, or study of politics/government/policy abroad, e.g., the British Parliament, the Irish Parliament, Belize
  • Advance to an M.P.A. at Binghamton University – by special arrangement with BU’s Public Administration Department
  • Campus Practicum Experience such as participation in the Student Conduct Board or Student Government Association
  • Adolescence Education: Social Studies — a degree in political science can be the beginning of a career in high school teaching
  • Distinguished, award-winning faculty


  1. Degree requirements  listed in this catalog apply to the majors offered by this department.
  2. Liberal Arts Requirements: 90 credit hours


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