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12/18/2012
Hudson Valley Community College Now Offering Political Science Sequence

MEDIA CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072, e.bryant@hvcc.edu
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tues., Dec. 18, 2012

Students attending Hudson Valley Community College can now pursue a dedicated sequence of courses focusing on political science.

Many four-year college and university bachelor’s-level programs prefer transfer students to have a strong liberal arts and social science background. The Political Science sequence at Hudson Valley can provide students with that foundation and prepare them to excel in a four-year program in political science or a related field like law, government, history and the social sciences.

Core courses in the new sequence are “Introduction to Political Science,” “Introduction to International Politics,” “Introduction to Political Theory” and “American National Government;” electives include, “State and Local Government,” “Terrorism,” “Internship in Politics and Government” and an “Honors Seminar.”

Recent graduates pursuing this coursework at the college have successfully transferred to Cornell University, University at Albany, SUNY Binghamton, SUNY New Paltz, Northeastern University, Siena College, The College of Saint Rose, the Sage Colleges, and many other four-year colleges and universities.

Starting a four-year degree in the social sciences at Hudson Valley makes sense for many reasons: small classes; personal contact with professors; field trips and internships; and the ability to save thousands on the cost of a four-year degree.

“The Political Science sequence offers structure as well as flexibility to pursue electives in areas of specialization. We also have internship opportunities that give students valuable work experience as well as professional contacts that can ultimately help them advance their careers,” said Assistant Professor Robert Whitaker of the History, Philosophy and Social Sciences Department. “Because we are in the Capital Region, students have the chance to seek a variety of internships and employment with state and local government, advocacy groups and organizations, campaigns, media outlets and public affairs firms.”

Faculty teaching in the sequence have a wide range of experience including environmental and sustainability politics, media and politics, law and courts, political history, the U.S. Constitution, international relations, comparative politics, New York state and local government, political philosophy, and terrorism.

Students in the Political Science sequence may major in either the Liberal Arts and Sciences: Humanities and Social Science or Individual Studies degree programs.

For more information about the sequence, contact the History, Philosophy and Social Science Department Chairperson Dr. Peter Sawyer at (518) 629-7690 or p.sawyer@hvcc.edu.