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The Department of Politics and International Affairs prepares our majors as informed citizens, policymakers, analysts, and leaders across the state, nation, and world. Graduates find success in politics and policy, governmental and non-governmental organizations, in fields such as law, business, and media, to name a few. Many alumni are admitted to highly regarded programs in graduate, policy, business, or law schools.

The Fredonia Difference

Politics and International Affairs provides for diverse learning activities in line with student interests and career possibilities. Students engage in short-term or semester-long study abroad for academic credit. Internships are available for credit at the local to the federal level, with funding support for internship programs in Albany and Washington D.C. Many students actively participate in Model European Union—in NYC and in Brussels, join Fredonia’s continued success in Mock Trial competition, as well as campus leadership. We complement diverse disciplines while enhancing career possibilities.

Career Opportunities for Political Science

  • Governmental & public affairs
  • Public policy & analysis
  • Campaign strategist & management
  • Media affairs & public information
  • Urban planning & development
  • Non-governmental organization
  • Public & private law


What does a 4-year degree look like?

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What are all the required and elective courses offered to obtain this degree?

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Sample Courses

POLI 120 Politics in American Life

An introduction to how important issues impact and involve us through governmental and political processes, constitutional questions and policy debates, traditional and new media dynamics, as voters and citizens in a representative democracy.

POLI 371 Civil Rights and Liberties

This course explores historical and evolving notions of freedoms and equality in a changing American society, court and political challenges in constitutional interpretation and application across states, the oft-contentious legal, societal and policy debates, as well as trade-offs on critical decisions affecting our own rights and liberties.

POLI 356 US Foreign Policy

This course provides an exploration of the United States’ historical and changing role in international affairs across national security, war, peace and economic relations, and how foreign policy decisions and actions relate to longstanding, current and emerging concerns both domestically and abroad.

Why Politics and International Affairs at Fredonia?

politics and international affairs students pose next to a podium at a government building


Between internships and study abroad, students gain important experience while actively learning about Politics and International Affairs.

the mock trial team poses with a trophy after winning a competition


Students are encouraged to participate in hands-on simulation activities and competition as part of Fredonia’s highly successful mock trial team, or serve as campus delegates and negotiators with students abroad in Model European Union.

caps thrown into the air at commencement


Students can streamline their career pathway in policy and analysis through our BA/MPA partnership with the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, or benefit from our alumni scholarship funds for law school.

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