2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jul 20, 2024  
2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Political Science Department

Mary McGuire, chair
Moffett Center, Room 202
Fax: 607-753-5760
Email: poldept@cortland.edu

School of Arts and Sciences

Political Science students looking through textbooks


Seth Asumah, Timothy Delaune, Mary McGuire, Jerome O'Callaghan, Tom Pasquarello, Robert Spitzer, Brian Williams, Jeremy Wolf

Adjunct Faculty

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

Degrees and Minors

  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Political Science
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Political Science with a Concentration in Law and Justice
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Political Science 4+1 Master in Public Administration (M.P.A.) Program with Binghamton University
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Adolescence Education: Social Studies and Political Science (7-12)
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Public Administration and Public Policy
  • Minor in Political Science
  • Minor in Public Administration and Public Policy
  • Minor in Comparative Politics and International Relations
  • Minor in 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. Students can choose between B.A. and B.S. degree options. 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.

Students seeking to earn the B.A. in political science at SUNY Cortland plus a master's degree in public administration at Binghamton University are required to earn their 120 credit-hour B.A. in seven semesters. In the seventh semester, accepted students will take undergraduate courses at SUNY Cortland and graduate courses at Binghamton University. The first six credits earned at Binghamton will, when combined with a minimum of 114 undergraduate credit hours at Cortland, serve to complete the undergraduate degree. All degree requirements in the student's Cortland catalog apply to the B.A. This program allows motivated students to complete both their undergraduate and graduate degrees within one five-year time span.

Special Features

  • B.A. and B.S. degree options
  • Pre-law Advising — advice on LSAT, law school selection, academic preparation and alumni speakers from the legal profession
  • Internships – local and distant, e.g., Cortland, 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
  • Department Campus Practicum Experience such as participation in the Judicial Review Board or Student Government Association


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


    MajorDual MajorMinor


      Political Science