Government Department to Be Known as Political Science Department

Political science better describes the ways people engage in political activity.

Students at Model UN competitionManhattan College’s Government department will be known as the Political Science department, beginning with the start of the fall 2018 semester.

The name change better describes the department's curriculum, which focuses on the many ways that people engage in political action — as individual citizens, as organized groups, and as governments — in the United States, in other countries, and in international organizations.

Manhattan College students have leveraged their classroom experience to internships with law offices and with local and federal officials at the United States Senate, New York City Council, New York State Assembly, New York State Senate, New York City Parks Department, New York City Housing Preservation and Development and a host of nonprofit organizations that advocate for a variety of local and national issues.

Students have the ability to earn college credits while interning in Washington, D.C., or Albany, New York, with one of the College’s partnership programs. Students have also traveled internationally with programs to the Czech Republic, United Kingdom and the Galapagos Islands.

Recent graduates have gone on to become lawyers, elected officials, city planners and law enforcement officials. They work on Wall Street, for the private sector, for nonprofits, city, state and federal agencies and for international organizations, including the United Nations.

For more information on the Political Science department, contact Pamela Chasek, Ph.D., professor and chair of political science, at

By Pete McHugh