Department of Political Science/International Studies
LIU Post’s degree programs in political science and international studies will prepare you for success in a broad range of rewarding fields, including government, public service, law, education and politics. As a political science or international studies major, you will examine worldwide political systems, economic systems and social organizations from a variety of perspectives. You will engage in lively intellectual debates, learn how to develop persuasive arguments and articulate your convictions with confidence and poise. You also will gain skills in research, analysis and critical thinking, which will ensure your marketability and success. Our faculty members are widely recognized political analysts who have published on a variety of topics, from medieval political thought to constitutional law to contemporary world politics. The Department of Political Science/International Studies includes seven full-time faculty members and distinguished visiting professors representing major core areas of the United Nations. Since a number of students are interested in teaching social studies, the Department includes courses which help lead to certification as a social studies teacher in New York state. LIU Post also offers an extensive Pre-Law Advisement Program to help students select a curriculum that prepares them for admission to law school.
The Department is very active in placing students in internships, including full-time, paid positions in the New York State Assembly and Senate in Albany in the spring of the students’ junior and senior years. Other internships are available to selected students in law offices, with judges, and at the United Nations.
Students are engaged in a panoply of extra-curricular activities, including the Political Science Association, the International Studies Association, the Pre-law Association, the Young Republican Club and Young Democrat Club. International Studies majors are active in the Model UN conferences held in New York City at which they have won several awards. Graduating seniors with excellent grade point averages may be eligible to be inducted into two national honor societies: Pi Gamma Mu and Pi Sigma Alpha.
The Political Science/International Studies department offers an internship program with non-governmental organization (NGO’s) affiliated with the United Nations for undergraduate and graduate students to network with world leaders. Generally, 12 openings are available each semester.
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