Political Science

The Department of Political Science aims to provide students with an understanding of the important political questions that surround issues of power. We help students in the major become familiar with a range of theoretical perspectives and epistemological methods, develop the ability to analyze data critically and deconstruct texts, to conduct independent academic research, and to write clearly about significant political trends and events.

Political Science offers courses in four subfields: American Politics, Comparative World Politics, International Relations, and Political Philosophy and Theory.

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Political Science News

New Student Trustees Elected

Tue, 06 Apr 2021

Student Trustees AFarid 0191Zaheer Bowen ‘23 and Irini Konstantinou ’23 have been elected by their peers to become voting members of the Board of Trustees. Zaheer Bowen ’23 and Irini Konstantinou ’23 have…

Falk ’21 to Serve in AmeriCorps’ City Year

Fri, 12 Mar 2021

Falk Edie 2Edie Falk ’21 has been accepted into City Year, a nonprofit organization partnered with AmeriCorps, that provides student support to high need urban schools. In August, Edie Falk ’21 will…

Careers in the Capitol: Virtual Day on the Hill

Fri, 12 Feb 2021

Day on the Hill Tuesday-0784During winter break, more than a dozen Hobart and William Smith students participated in the HWS Day on the Hill program. The 15th annual career trek to Washington, D.C., was…

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American Presidency
Examine presidential powers from both historical and contemporary perspectives by learning how to asses presidential power not only in terms of whether the presidency has the necessary resources to pursue presidential objectives, but also in terms of the potential danger that presidential power poses to broader democratic commitments.

Day on the Hill

Day on the Hill

Tours of the Secret Service, State Department, Heritage Foundation, Washington Post. Lunch at Bullfeathers with HWS alums. Panels with members from House and Senate offices, the United Nations Foundation, Daimler AG, RAINN.

Each January, the Day on the Hill program takes students inside governmental organizations, non-profits, NGOs and other Washington, D.C. institutions for three days of experiential insight into politics, policy and more. Learn More >>