Political Science

Designed to train professional political scientists, the M.A./Ph.D. Program in Political Science provides students with opportunities to develop a substantive knowledge of politics and to increase their analytical and critical skills. Although the program features a diversity of approaches, all students are expected both to specialize and to develop an understanding of the discipline as a whole.

M.A. Program Inception: 1965

Fields and Subfields

The Political Science Program features five fields and respective subfields.

American Politics

American political thought; national institutions; constitutional law and judicial behavior; political processes (voting, parties, and public opinion); subnational politics and federalism.

Comparative Politics

Comparative method and analytical concepts; parliamentary democracies; post-communist political systems; modernizing nations; cross-system analysis.

International Politics

Theories and concepts; foreign policy; international organization, interdependence, and transnationalism; international political economy.

Public Policy

Theories of the policy process; policy analysis; American public policy; comparative public policy; substantive public policy (e.g., health, housing, education); urban politics and policy.

Political Theory

Ancient and medieval political thought; modern political thought (Machiavelli through Marx); contemporary political thought (Nietzsche to the present); analytical theory; modern systematic theory.

Cross-Field Specializations

Human Rights, Political Economy, Political Psychology, Quantitative Analysis, Urban Politics

Affiliated Institutions

New School University, Fordham University, New York University, Teachers College, Columbia University

Executive Officer

Professor Joe Rollins
The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016-4309
Email: politicalscience@gc.cuny.edu