Focus on Political Science

Wendy Johnston

Wendy Johnston, associate professor of Political Science, introduces Vote Smart founder Richard Kimball during a program at SUNY Adirondack.

Program encourages analytical thought

In the era of “Fake News” and cultural divisiveness, the study of Political Science is as relevant as ever.

“In the current political climate, both within the United States and globally, Political Science provides the necessary knowledge and skills needed to navigate the political realm,” said Wendy Johnston, associate professor of Political Science.

SUNY Adirondack offers a two-year Liberal Associate in Art degree in Humanities and Social Science with a Political Science concentration.

According to Johnston, who is a graduate of the college’s program, the concentration provides a diverse education spanning literature, philosophy, history, economics, fine arts, theater and psychology, with a focus on Political Science.

“Political Science, as a field of study, is a behavioral science, which provides insight into American politics, international relations, government institutions, public policies, constitutionalism and political behavior,” she said. “Students of Political Science develop strong writing, communication, analytical and data skills. Overall, Political Science prepares critical and independent thinkers with the ability to appreciate differing points of view and an ability to understand current affairs.”

Did you know?

Political Science graduates can pursue careers in:

  • law
  • consulting
  • research
  • business and finance
  • state, local and federal government
  • elected office and campaign management
  • journalism, media and communications
  • community service
  • advocacy work
  • non-governmental and non-profit organizations
  • teaching 



Tess Moulton and family

SUNY Adirondack graduate Tess Moulton wants working mothers to know that a college degree is attainable.

Degree encourages higher pursuits

Tess Moulton credits SUNY Adirondack with preparing her for the next step in her academic career — a degree from Vassar College.

“I was terrified my first day of college, and I almost didn’t come. I didn’t have the best academic experience in high school, and I went into the Air Force right out of high school,” said Moulton, who lives in South Glens Falls. “This college really showed me that I could be so much more. Coming to college has shown me that I can expand well beyond traditional roles of what it means to be a wife and mother.”

Moulton, who majored in Political Science, hopes the story of her college success will encourage other women to go to pursue degrees.

“I want to tell other women that you can go back to school. We can be each other’s support. My time at SUNY Adirondack has given me courage,” she said.

Moulton thinks SUNY Adirondack is a great place to start.

“I got so much out of my classroom experiences. A small school encourages instructors to be personally involved. They get a sense of who you are as an individual,” she said.