Students in the Department enjoy the activities of the Politics and International Affairs Association (PSA) which includes all majors and other students. The PSA organizes a variety of programs and plans major outings to Washington, DC and elsewhere. Politics and International Affairs majors are also active in the all university Student Association and in the Young Republicans and Young Democrats on campus.

The Department of Politics and International Affairs sponsors Fredonia’s Mock Trial Team which participates in the annual mock trial competition organized by the American Mock Trial Association. Fredonia’s award-winning mock trial team dates from 1999. Students prepare during the fall term to argue a civil case and a criminal case in alternating years. Each team consists of 6-8 students. The mock trial tournament begins in February with regional competitions held throughout the country. SUNY Fredonia is the only comprehensive university in SUNY to participate in the AMTA sponsored competition. Students from all majors are eligible to join the team. Interested students should contact Dr. James Hurtgen at 673-3885, or by email at

Politics and International Affairs majors (along with other Fredonia students) are involved in an annual European Union simulation (EuroSim) which takes place on a SUNY, campus and in various locales in Europe. European sites have included Pargue, the Czech Republic; Brussels, Belgium; Lueven, Belgium; and Luxembourg. For additional information, contact Raymond Rushboldt or visit the following website:

There are Study Abroad opportunities for Politics and International Affairs majors.

In recent years students have traveled to Brazil and to Mexico during J-term.

Students at Mexican University

Study Abroad at Mexican University


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Studying Abroad in Brazil
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