What will I learn?

Program Overview

Political science is one of Binghamton University's most popular majors. Students take courses in American politics, political theory, comparative politics and international relations. The core courses address various topics in American or comparative political systems and institutions, international conflict and civil war, repression and foreign policy.

Besides a BA degree, students can pursue concentrations in politics and law or global and international affairs.

After You Graduate

The political science major prepares students for graduate study, law school, as well as careers in journalism, business, government and lobbying. Graduates acquire skills that are applicable to a broad range of careers in both government and private organizations including an ability to understand complex arguments, think critically about human political behavior and apply broad concepts systematically to concrete situations. In addition, graduates acquire strong research skills that help them pursue advanced studies to become researchers, professors and teachers.

The following list offers examples of possible career paths that students can pursue:

Business consultant

Campaign finance analyst

Campaign manager

Congressional aide


Election supervisor

Field office manager

Foreign services officer

Intelligence agent

International trade specialist


Legal assistant

Which department am I in?

Harpur College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (126 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$24,660.00 per year
Application deadline

Expected March 2022

Start date

Expected August 2022


Harpur College of Arts and Sciences

Library North 2430,


New York,

13902, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have completed high school.

For international students

Students must have completed high school in a recognized institution.

Non-native English speakers must submit one test score demonstrating English proficiency. All test scores must be less than 2 years old.

TOEFL: 80-95

IELTS: 6.5-7.0

Duolingo: 110-120

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.