Political Science

Political Science

Prepare for Your Career in Politics

Imagine taking a class from the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, planning an election campaign for a political candidate or negotiating real-world policy agenda during a European Union simulation.  These are just a few experiences available to Canisius political science students, who are taught to understand politics at every level, as well as the political behavior and culture of government institutions.  At the end of students’ four years at Canisius, they will have developed a resume that sets them apart in a competitive job market and the credentials to get into the nation’s best law and graduate schools.

Political science alumni are congressmen, judges, members of state assemblies, military leaders and members of the president’s secret service team.  Others use their political science degree as a gateway to careers in law, business and education. 

Why Study Political Science?

  • Political science students learn from faculty professionally involved in politics.  They include a county legislator, an internationally known European security expert; and a former political campaign manager and consultant.
  • Political science classes emphasize role playing and simulation situations.  Students plan political campaigns, serve as advance teams to political candidates and advise the U.S. president as members of his National Security Council. 
  • Political science students meet and learn from some of the most renowned figures in American law and politics who lecture at Canisius. 
    • Past speakers include Chief Justices John Roberts, William Rehnquist, Sandra Day O’Connor, Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, as well as former New York City Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani and U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno. 
    • More than 85 percent of Canisius seniors who apply to law school are accepted by one or more of their top choices. Recent graduates have been accepted into law schools at Harvard University, Columbia University, Notre Dame University, Georgetown University and Duke University.  

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