science involves the systematic study of the public affairs or politics of the state. The word politics derives from the ancient Greek polis or city-state and signifies the
manner in which the inhabitants of the (city-) state are governed. Political
scientists study all factors instrumental or influential in the acquisition and
exercise of power for the purposes of public control or governance -- political
leaders, governmental institutions, legal systems, public policy, political
parties, public interest groups, political ideologies, social movements, media,
economic systems, religion and its social institutions, culture, race,
ethnicity, gender, demographics and social trends, scientific advances -- on a
local, national and international level. They concern themselves with the
dynamics of political stability as well as that of political change whether
through the ballot box or via revolution in the street. Politics invariably
involves competitive power struggles for the right, de jure or de facto, of
control over others. The study of politics invariably focuses, therefore, upon
conflict, whether that of competitive electoral politics or inter-state rivalry
or warfare. Political science research may be descriptive, often using
empirical methods (qualitative or quantitative) as well as prescriptive, recommending
solutions to prevailing political problems.
Four fields define the academic discipline of political science: American politics,
comparative politics, international affairs and political theory. The Yeshiva
College Department of Political Science requires its majors to take an
introductory course in each of these four fields to acquire an overview of the
discipline. To cultivate individual interests through more in-depth study,
majors fashion an area of concentration. The Department enthusiastically
participates in the Jay and Jeannie Schottenstein Honors Program by regularly
running Honors level courses each year. The Department strongly encourages
students to pursue summer internships which afford them the opportunity to
apply what they have learned in the classroom and which help them to define
their career ambitions.
The department seeks to foster an esprit de
corps among students and faculty by organizing get-togethers each semester
and by sponsoring extracurricular activities. The student-run Political Science
Society plans social and educational activities, also with the Stern College
Political Science Society, that are relevant to the study of political life –
trips to the U.N. or Washington, D.C., lectures, films, etc. The Clarion, edited and published by
students, is a journal of student- and faculty-written articles about politics.
The Rabbi Arthur Schneier Program for International Affairs, directed by Dr. Bevan,
sponsors formal and informal lectures throughout the year pertaining to a
panorama of international issues, political and nonpolitical. Student Board
Members assist in running the Schneier Program. As a major, political science ranks within the top tier of college majors for its career
options and opportunities. These careers include government, business, law,
health care administration, academia, public consulting firms, public interest
groups, public relations, investment analysis, urban planning, political communications.
electoral politics. The objective of the Department of Political Science is to
help equip students with the knowledge, research and analytical skills
necessary to live and to work in a competitive and fast changing global world. For further information, contact Dr. Ruth A. Bevan (firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-960-5400, ext. 6890).
Statement Political Science equips students with the knowledge
and analytical skills required to be responsible democratic citizens in a
globalized and turbulent world. Students
study American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations and
Political Theory to learn about the rule-making, rule-enforcing and
rule-adjudicating functions of political institutions and to assess the
efficacy of such institutions in achieving modern standards of political
development. Political Science students concern themselves with the problematic
of who gets what, when and how in the
distribution of public power and other vital resources locally, nationally and
internationally. They apply theoretical models of this problematic to the
practical exigencies of political situations under diverse conditions across
the globe. Students study the dynamics of power within institutions (like
Congress or the Kremlin or the United Nations) as well as outside conventional
institutions (e.g., protest movements, terrorism).
Student Learning Goals
Students will be able to understand what
constitutes a political problem.2.
Students will be able to achieve command
over technical terminology and concepts of the disciple.
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