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Political Science

Are You Tomorrow's Leader?

The Rise of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders has brought politics front and center to millions of Americans. But do you understand the meaning behind their message?

The study of Political Science will help you decode what candidates are saying and teach you what it means to be a strong leader.

At St. Francis College, Poli Sci majors can focus on international relations, comparative politics, and American government. You will also learn about the development and function of governments and the behavior of rulers throughout history.

The Department also offers a minor in Political Science and an interdisciplinary minor in Human Rights. For detailed information about the Human Rights minor, please click here.

Learn critical thinking skills in:

  • Logic
  • Writing
  • Analysis

These are tools that Political Science majors use to succeed in law, politics, advocacy, and public relations. You will also have a solid foundation for a career in public policy and in local, state, and national government.

Our students intern at:

  • Law firms
  • City, State, and U.S. Courts
  • Government Offices in New York City, New York State, and the U.S. Congress
  • Non-governmental organizations, such as the United Nations

Other opportunities include internships with some of the numerous museums and historical societies in New York City; a summer study abroad program; participation in the Model United Nations; and activities through the St. Thomas More Pre-Law Society such as mock trial, lawyers’ luncheon, LSAT preparation, and workshop on applying to law schools.

About the Department


The major of Political Science investigates how individuals, groups and nations interact with others. Political Science analyzes how conflict is managed by the various parties. Political Science has many areas of inquiry including: American Government and Law, Comparative Politics, International Relations and Public Administration/Public Policy.

The Department offers both a Traditional and a Behavioral Approach. The Traditional School utilizes Legal, Historical, and philosophical tools to analyze and evaluate Political Institutions and processes. The Behavioral School employs the Scientific Method which includes, Problem Recognition, Hypotheses formation, gathering data and forming conclusions.

The Political Science major provides students with skills necessary for careers in Law, Government, Education, Business and the Not-For-Profit World. In addition, it provides students with the tools to make informed and logical decisions in both their professional careers and in their personal lives.

  • Prepare students with the knowledge and skills for successful opportunities in the fields of Government, Law, Education, Business and the Not for Profit area.
  • Provide students with specific courses in American Government/Law, Comparative Politics, International Relations and Public Administration/Public Policy.
  • Offer Departmental majors and minors as well as other students on campus the opportunity to explore political and historical topic through lectures and forums and through our club activity.
  • Develop the skills of Critical Thinking, Analysis and Research.
  • Compliment course offerings with a full range of off-campus activities including: internships, independent study, field trips abroad and to museum and cultural visits.
  • To provide career guidance for all students and to provide specific Information for admissions to Law Schools, Graduate Schools of Political Science, PublicAdministration/Public Policy, International Relations and Education.
Political Science Faculty
Professor; Director of International Study

Timothy Houlihan

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Office: 718-489-5290 
Assistant Professor

Olivia Bullio Mattos

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Office: 718-489-5332 

Julio Huato

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Office: 718.489.5331 
Cell: 347.526.7650 
Department Chairperson

Eric W. Platt

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Office: 718.489.3437 
Associate Professor

Isa Camyar

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Office: 718-489-5266 
Adjunct Professor

Brother Geoffrey Clement O.S.F.

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Office: 718.489.5339 
Senior Adjunct Professor

Joseph Ryan

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Our graduates come from all walks of life, with one thing in common: the desire and drive to serve their communities.

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