Major in Government and Politics

You Belong Here

You’re a critical thinker by nature. You’re fascinated by the intricacies of government, and you know that politics affect every aspect of our lives. Government and politics may be the major for you.


Areas of Elective Study

Why UC?

The government and politics major at Utica College helps students comprehensive understanding of the principles, processes, and structure of power and authority through richly interactive classroom learning, research, and real- world experiences. Taught by an accomplished faculty, the program focuses on skills that are highly valuable for the globalized world, with in-depth study of authority, diversity, leadership, conflict resolution, and collective mobilization.

Learn more about UC's government and politics faculty.

What You’ll Learn

This major is designed to prepare students for careers in government service, law, and other positions which require an understanding of governmental policy and procedure. The program also prepares students for careers as social science teachers at the secondary or elementary level. Foundational coursework is complemented by electives in a variety of topics (such as American government, foreign policy, human rights advocacy, European politics, and more). The curriculum culminates with an internship experience, options for foreign study, and a capstone senior seminar and thesis.

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"My internship with a member of the New York State Assembly has been a great experience. During the budget process, I did a lot policy analysis, working out how proposals would impact the district and looking for alternatives. It was an intricate process that involved a very different level of thinking from reading textbooks or attending class."

Irakadeem Griffith
Government and Politics Major


A Degree that Works

Government and politics majors develop skills that may be applied to a broad spectrum of professional endeavors, including local, state, and federal government; law; business or non-profit; and education. UC government and politics alumni have taken leadership positions at:

  • City of Utica Urban Renewal
  • HSBC
  • Madison-Cortland ARC
  • New York State Senate
  • New York City Law Department (DOT)
  • Paige Marketing Communications Group
  • Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
  • Samsung
  • SourceMedia
  • United States Investigative Service
  • WellPoint, Inc.

Government and politics majors develop skills applicable to careers in government, law, business, non-profit, and education.

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