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Political Science

Political Science

We offer a unique program.

Political Science

Relying upon the knowledge base about politics that the discipline of political science provides, and integrating that with the commitment of Jesuit education to social justice, the political science major takes as its central focus training of students for a life of active citizenship.

Consequently, political science at Le Moyne includes:

  • A citizenship activism theme that runs throughout the curriculum
  • Interdisciplinary courses that demonstrate the pervasiveness of politics
  • Topical courses that link contemporary issues with academic literature
  • Five student clubs that encourage student activism outside of class
  • Student-centered pedagogies and small classes

 If you have additional questions, feel free to contact department chair Dr. Delia Popescu or, better yet, come and visit us.

Mission Statement

The Department of Political Science has as its objectives not only educating students to the political concerns of society but also encouraging them to be active, engaged participants in democracy. We take seriously the Jesuit mission to educate students for the service of others. Politics should be at the heart of efforts to work for social justice.

In keeping with Le Moyne’s Jesuit heritage and our nation’s democratic creed, the faculty of the department is committed in our various courses, classes, and pedagogical methods to the following goals:

  1. Development of critical thinking skills,
  2. Growth in values awareness,
  3. Development of decision-making skills,
  4. Sensitizing students to the role of power and the pervasiveness of politics,
  5. Development of democratic political skills and
  6. The combined use of these skills and dispositions for future public service, whether local, state, national, or international.

Guided by this vision, we have developed a unique curriculum that emphasizes small classes and active, student-centered pedagogies; includes courses that focus on student interests and concerns and cut across disciplinary boundaries; and incorporates experiential elements into the coursework.

Political Science Courses and Requirements

The Political Science Department offers a number of special programs to make it easier for students to double major as well as to encourage them to build leadership skills.

Our department works particularly closely with the History Department and, as a result we have worked together to develop a special joint degree program of Political Science/History. Further, Political Science is an excellent major to combine with an Education Minor, either in elementary education or secondary education.

If you would like to learn more about courses, requirements, and opportunities in Political Science, please see the Le Moyne College catalog.

"What I began by reading, I must finish by acting." Henry David Thoreau

The Department of Political Science has as its main objective educating students to the political concerns of society. The coursework covers the wide range of topics associated with the discipline, and provides solid preparation for such career choices as graduate school, law school, business, journalism, education and public service. To facilitate academic focus the department offers four concentrations: Pre-Law, Public Service, International Relations/Comparative Politics, and General Study. Whatever career path is chosen, however, the department’s primary mission is to prepare students for a life of active and informed citizenship.

Students in the State Politics course traveled to Albany to discuss the SAFE Act and visit the New York State Court of Appeals.

Internships in the Political Science Department

The Political Science Department offers internship opportunities to all majors. Internships are intended to be experiential learning with two major goals: enhancing the intern's specific skills (for example, research and writing ability, computer proficiency, teamwork skills, and public service) and expanding his/her areas of knowledge (for example, the law, political campaigning, child welfare services, and economic development). Placements are aligned with a student's interests, his/her academic coursework, and his/her career and/or graduate school plans.

Students can choose a 3-6 credit on-campus placement or a 12-15 credit option in Albany, NY with the NYS Senate or NYS Assembly, or in Washington, D.C. with the Washington Center. Local interns select from a wide range of possible placements: in the offices of law firms and district attorneys, in not-for-profit organizations and government social service agencies, for local and national legislators and party organizations. Off-campus internships cover an array of governmental and non-governmental setting: Congress, news bureaus, financial businesses, the Department of Justice, Homeland Security, Environmental Protection Agency, foreign embassies, and lobbying organizations.

The Department's commitment is to provide a worthwhile experience that advances your college education and prepares you for your life after graduation.

Service Learning

Service Learning combines community service work with self-reflection and academic study to offer students an innovative, hands-on, relevant, and rewarding learning experience. Both service learning and internships are valuable learning experiences, but they differ in their goals. Internships are intended to help students gain work-related experience by placing them in professional environments. In contrast, the goal of service learning is to connect students with the local community by having them work in non-profit organizations committed to improving the quality of life of others. The work is valued not because it will lead to a job, but because it strengthens the student as a citizen. It connects the student to the community, and it provides an opportunity for the student to learn from the service of others.

Get Involved on Campus
Model United Nations

The Le Moyne College Model United Nations Club participates every year in the Model UN Conference at Harvard University or other Model UN conferences. Model UN is an educational simulation and academic competition in which students learn about diplomacy, international relations, and the United Nations by representing assigned countries and writing briefs on particular international issues.

Pre-Law Society

The goal of Le Moyne College's Pre-Law Society is to educate students and faculty alike in the area of law. It sponsors panels, speakers, films, and student events towards that goal. We hope that students of any major who possess an interest to attend law school after Le Moyne College or enter a career associated with law benefit from the activities of this club.

Amnesty International

Amnesty International is a nonpolitical organization dedicated to the work of advocacy on behalf of prisoners of conscience. Amnesty International promotes campus networks so that during the academic year students can participate in the organization’s work. The purpose of the campus network at Le Moyne is twofold: to help in the work that the organization carries out and to allow students to learn about the world situation regarding prisoners of conscience.

Pi Sigma Alpha

Pi Sigma Alpha is the national political science honor society. Le Moyne has an accredited chapter of the society (Tau Alpha). The goals of Pi Sigma Alpha are to honor outstanding students and to support and promote extracurricular activities related to public affairs. Students who are political science majors, have completed at least 10 hours in the major and who possess a G.P.A. of 3.3 (overall and in the major) are eligible for membership.

Political Science Academy

The Political Science Academy, which is open to all students, aims to develop and promote student awareness of, knowledge regarding and participation in the political system. Field trips, speakers, topical discussions and debates, workshops and social activities are planned throughout the school year.

Democrat Club

Membership in the Democrat Club is open to any member of the Le Moyne community who desires to meet, listen to and share the ideas of the Democratic Party. Events and activities of the club include an annual student voter registration drive, films, speakers, current event discussion sessions and campaign participation on behalf of Democratic candidates.

Republican Club

The Republican Club was formed to make known and promote the principles of the Republican Party on campus. Among its goals are the development of political skills and leadership abilities needed for future service to the party and the community, the recruitment of students as members of the club and Republican Party and the election of Republican candidates at all levels of government. Membership is open to all students.

Liberty for North Korea (LiNK)

Liberty in North Korea is a non-governmental organization that rescues North Korean refugees hiding in China and resettles them in South Korea or the United States, so that they can avoid being forcibly repatriated back to North Korea. LiNK also seeks to raise awareness of human rights issues in North Korea through media production, conducting research, and through semi-annual tours. The organization has produced several feature-length documentaries, including Danny from North Korea and Bridge to North Korea in 2013 and The People's Crisis and the SHIFT campaign video in 2012.

Meet the Faculty

Delia Popsecu

Delia Popescu

Chair, Associate Professor View Bio
Matt Loveland

Matthew Loveland

Associate Professor View Bio
Jonathan Parent

Jonathan Parent

Assistant Professor View Bio

Our Next Social Sciences Seminar

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Tuesday, April 5th

Frank Ridzi, Ph.D, and Monica Sylvia, Ph.D.
Department of Anthropology, Criminology, & Sociology and Department of Psychology
“Researching With and For the Community: The Literacy Coalition and the Effectiveness of Book Distribution Programs”

Reilley Room, 4th floor of Reilly Hall, 4:00 pm
Presentations and Q&A: 4-5 pm; time to socialize: 5-5:30 pm

Social Sciences Seminar Series
Presentations by invited guests and Le Moyne faculty

All events begin at 4:00 pm in the Reilley Room, 4th floor of Reilly Hall.

For more information, contact Dr. Brenda Kirby.

Tuesday, February 9th

Shana Gadarian, Ph.D
Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University
“Anxious Politics: Democratic Citizenship in a Threatening World"

Tuesday, March 1st

Wayne Grove, Ph.D.
Department of Economics
"Does Performance at Young Ages Predict Professional Success? Evidence from Professional Tennis"

Tuesday, March 22nd

Kalfani Ture
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Criminology, and Sociology
"The Making and Unmaking of an African American Urban Ghetto: Structural Violence, Identity and Place"

Tuesday, April 5th

Frank Ridzi, Ph.D, and Monica Sylvia, Ph.D.
Department of Anthropology, Criminology, & Sociology and Department of Psychology
“Researching With and For the Community: The Literacy Coalition and the Effectiveness of Book Distribution Programs”

After Le Moyne

Political Science coursework helps develop the skill sets and content knowledge that employers value: the ability to present ideas clearly (verbally and in writing), cogently (using reasons and evidence), and persuasively; the ability to collect and analyze qualitative and quantitative date; interpersonal skills (teamwork, coalition-building); and the ability to think critically and solve problems creatively - outside the box.

An off-campus experience, whether in an internship, in a study-abroad program, or in a service-learning course, applies those skills and knowledge gained in the classroom to real-world situations. Finally, a four-year program of one-on-one departmental advising personalizes your major in order to help you clarify and pursue your post-graduate plans, whether towards a career or further schooling. A Political Science major at Le Moyne can turn interests and abilities into a life-long commitment.

Political science majors at Le Moyne have gone on to work in a wide variety of occupations. Occupations of Le Moyne Political Science graduates include:

  • Attorney
  • College Professor
  • Corporate CEO
  • Family Services Advocate
  • Communications Director for NY Assembly
  • High School Teacher
  • Legislative Aide
  • NY State Trooper
  • Stock Broker
  • Systems Analyst
  • Marketing Representative
  • Director of Residence Life
  • Insurance Agent
  • Budget Policy Analyst
  • Academic Support Director
  • Professional Baseball Player
  • Director of Annual Giving

Meet our Alumni

Kelsey Gratien

Kelsey (Ryan) Gratien

Political Science and Psychology / 2009

"Le Moyne allowed me to meet some amazing people."

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Robert McIver

Robert McIver

Political Science and History / 2010

None of what I have accomplished would have been possible without ...

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Elizabeth Vanasdale

Elizabeth Vanasdale

Political Science / 2012

Despite my unconventional path...

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Get in Touch

Contact the Department Chair:

Dr. Delia Popescu


(315) 445-4490


Contact the Department:

Reilly Hall 427
Department of Political Science
Le Moyne College
1419 Salt Springs Road
Syracuse, NY 13214


(315) 445-4100


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