Department of Political Science

Department of Political Science

Political Science is the study of political activity and behavior in and out of governments, dealing with the distribution of power and resources within society. With roots going back to ancient Greece, Political Science is interdisciplinary and draws upon the fields of economics, law, sociology, history, anthropology, public administration, public policy, national politics, international relations, comparative politics, psychology, political organization, and political theory.

Political science is commonly divided into distinct sub-disciplines which together constitute the field:

  • Political Theory
  • American Politics
  • Comparative Politics
  • Public Administration
  • International Relations
  • Public Law
  • Political Methodology

The department offers courses in all of these sub-disciplines. More concretely you will study politics in America and abroad, the legal system, political ideologies, international institutions, and problems like terrorism and environmental degradation that cut across traditional political boundaries.

In the process you will learn the analytic, oral, and written communication skills, and the imagination necessary to be successful working in private business, education, government, law, media, and nonprofit sectors. Political Science trains students to become both citizens and leaders – capable of understanding and directing the forces that govern our world.

Students have the chance to work closely with our internationally recognized faculty. All students will get practical field experience through our required internship, and strong students have the opportunity to do independent research and earn departmental honors. Our pre-law classes are modeled on the first year law school experience, and our graduates regularly earn scholarships to graduate and law schools.


Student Spotlight

Political Science MajorTransfer student from Suffolk County Community College, from West Islip, NY. Political Science student at Dowling College with overall gpa of 3.5. Member of Pi Sigma Alfa, Political Science Honor Society. (finishing up) Full time summer internship position through Dowling College, with petitioner for landlord in Downtown, NY courthouse. Interests include watersports, racing, and music. Future goals include attending law school after graduation.


Ross Slotnick
Class of 2015
Field Organizer for Suffolk County Legislative District 7 and 8
Jack Edelson
Class of 2011
Graduate Student in Political Science, University of Wisconsin
Jacqueline Rizzardi
Class of 2012
Law Student as a Dean’s Fellow at Quinnipiac University


Carlos Cunha

Professor of Political Science & Department Chair

Office FH #319
Office Phone: 631-244-3129

William Schaefer

Professor of Political Science 

Office KSC#124
Office Phone: 631-244-3155

Dennis Rigas

Professor of Political Science 

Office KSC #124
Office Phone: 631-244-3155

Brian Stipelman

Associate Professor of
Political Science
Dean of School of Arts and Sciences

Office KSC #127
Office Phone: 631-244-1129
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