Department of Political Science

political sciences students working together on a table.

Political scientists are concerned with generating and testing theories about human interactions, specifically in the political arena. Within the Department of Political Science, undergraduate students may choose to further specialize in five concentrations: advanced political science; American politics and public affairs; comparative politics; international politics; and public law.

Experiential Learning

Deepen your understanding of the world beyond the classroom.

  • Partner with faculty on a research project
  • Make an impact in the Buffalo community through an internship with a local organization
  • Intern in the office of a state senator or assembly member in Albany
  • Spend a semester in Washington, D.C. interning with a political institution, agency or group
  • Study abroad and learn directly from other nations and cultures
  • Explore what makes you curious through independent study


Political science students gain analytical skills, administrative competence and communication abilities valued in a wide spectrum of professional fields. A degree in political science can lead to exciting careers in federal, state and local governments; law; business; international organizations; nonprofit organizations; campaign management and polling; journalism; electoral politics; research or teaching.


  • BA in Political Science
  • BA in Global Affairs
  • MA in Global Affairs
  • MA in Political Science
  • PhD in Political Science

Combined Degrees

  • BA/JD in Political Science


  • Minor in Political Science