Study the ever-changing realm of politics in its various dimensions — local, state, national, and international.
Political science students at Colgate explore the discipline from multiple perspectives, combining rigorous classroom study with opportunities for real-world exploration in Washington, D.C., or Geneva, Switzerland.
Students work to develop connective, analytical, and persuasive skills that lead to success in any career where politics plays a role. They are guided through their studies by professors who are widely respected scholars in the field.
The department offers a major or minor in political science.
Colgate, but especially my experience with political science and the professors in the department, challenged me to think critically, holistically, and analytically. Without my political science experience at Colgate, I would not have found my passion, my desire to make a change, and the skills and the means to make that change into a reality.Jenny Class of 2018
Being a political science major – and specifically, learning from my mentor Professor Wagner – opened up my mind to the world of political theory. I started to grapple with and understand what it means to be liberal or conservative and the theory behind our democratic system.Antonio Delgado Class of 1998, U.S. House of Representatives