Political Science Concentration

SUNY Adirondack offers a two-year Liberal Associate in Art (AA) degree in Humanities and Social Science with a Political Science track.

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This track provides a diverse education spanning literature, philosophy, history, economics, fine arts, theatre and psychology, with a focus on Political Science.

This program prepares students for further education and eventual careers in several fields such as:

  • Law
  • Public Service
  • Social Work
  • Government
  • Public Relations
  • Politics
  • International Relations
  • Research
  • Secondary Education


The Humanities and Social Science—Political Science Track program will help students learn to interpret and experience the world around them. Invaluable skills like communication, thinking for yourself and problem solving are the core of this program and help students to see the diversity in societies around the world. Further study in political theory, international relations, comparative politics, and research methods give context to the global human experience that drives our lives, both professional and personal.

Elective classes including the arts, foreign languages, and theatre will enhance the learning experience and give Liberal Arts’ students a better understanding of what concentration and future degree best fits their personal career path.


SUNY Adirondack offers small class sizes and access to dedicated faculty who have years of experience studying in their fields. Students are able to take a variety of classes that not only meet program requirements but also satisfy their personal interest in politics. Advisors and instructors work closely with graduates to achieve their goals as they transfer.

Access to guest speakers, performers, student clubs, on-campus exhibits, and theatre performances all make this a truly well rounded degree.

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This program prepares students for further education and eventual careers in the fields of: Politics, International Relations, Government, Law, Public Service, and Education.

The Humanities and Social Science—Political Science program is designed to prepare students for transfer to a four-year college or university, including but not limited to the many institutions SUNY Adirondack maintains agreements for seamless transfer with, such as:

  • SUNY Albany
  • SUNY Plattsburgh
  • SUNY Potsdam
  • Siena College

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Develop sufficient background in a Humanities or Social Science discipline to qualify for upper level study.
  2. Demonstrate the skills and knowledge needed to think critically.
  3. Employ effective communication skills, both written and verbal.
  4. Articulate the presence and influence of diversity within societies such as the United States and those in Western Europe, as well as throughout the world.
  5. Demonstrate the skills and knowledge related to personal health and fitness, life-long sports, and recreational wellness.
  6. Examine expression and the creative process in one or more of the areas of humanities.
  7. Demonstrate an understanding of the scientific method.
  8. Identify basic factors relevant to the analysis of human behavior.