Government and Politics
About This Program
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.
Why Utica College
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.
Government and Politics at Utica
"My internship with a member of the NYS 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."
- Federal Government
- State & Local Government
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.
Government and Politics at Utica College
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
- Madison-Cortland ARC
- New York State Senate
- New York City Law Department (DOT)
- Paige Marketing Communications Group
- Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
- United States Investigative Service
- WellPoint, Inc.
Alumni Voices: Paul Joyce '18
Recent graduate Paul Joyce talks about Government and Politics at UC and how amazing research opportunities, real-world learning, and mentorship made all the difference.
Student Voices: Mikhail Bushinski
Government and politics major Mikhail Bushinski '17 talks about his program, his professors, and his experience on UC's men's hockey team.
Student Voices: Anthony Sokolowski
A brief conversation with Anthony Sokolowski, a government and politics major with a minor in philosophy of justice. Anthony talks about his experience at UC, his professors, and his internship at the Office of the Oneida County District Attorney.
Departmental News and Events
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