Majors & Minors
Pursue any of four majors or take courses in political science or international relations.
Receive the most rigorous training in political science, and learn formal and statistical methods at the highest level.
Discover notable individuals with Rochester degrees in political science or international relations.
- Ken Shepsle receives the Riker prize for outstanding social science research in the spirit of William Riker.
- Scott Abramson (with coauthors) wins the 2023 Outstanding Article Award in International History and Politics, for “Historical Border Changes, State Building, and Contemporary Trust in Europe.”
- Hein Goemans and Branislav Slantchev (Rochester PhD ’02), in an essay published in The Atlantic, explain “Why Ukraine Shouldn’t Talk to Russia—Yet.”
- Andrés Arocho González ’24, a political science major, is awarded Truman Scholarship.
- In the department’s honors program, Morgan Gillespie ’23 finds gender bias in how voters perceive politicians.
- Inside Higher Ed highlights David Primo and his undergraduate class “Disagreement in a Democratic Society.”
- Hein Goemans is featured in The New Yorker, in their story “How the War in Ukraine Might End.”
- Scott Abramson et al., “Historical Border Changes, State Building, and Contemporary Trust in Europe,” American Political Science Review, 2022.
- Anderson Frey, "Strategic Allocation of Irrevocable and Durable Benefits," American Journal of Political Science, 2022.
- Gretchen Helmke et al., "Democracy by Deterrence," American Journal of Political Science, forthcoming
- Tasos Kalandrakis, “Generalized Medians and a Political Center,” Social Choice and Welfare, 2022.
- Bonnie Meguid et al., “When Do Männerparteien Elect Women?” American Political Science Review, forthcoming
- Sergio Montero et al., "Do Major-Power Interventions Encourage the Onset of Civil Conflict?" Journal of Politics, 2022
- Randall Stone et al., "Chinese Power and the State-Owned Enterprise," International Organization, forthcoming
- Sidak Yntiso et al., "Incentive Effects of Recall Elections," Journal of Politics, forthcoming
- Josh Shapiro ’95 is governor of Pennsylvania.
- Professor Scott Tyson is co-organizer of the IE–University of Rochester Workshop in Political Economy and International Relations.
- Rochester welcomes new professor Sidak Yntiso, who joins the faculty in July 2023.
- The University remembers Peter Regenstreif, a long-term professor and expert on mass media.
- Malik Evans ’02 is the mayor of Rochester.
- Richard Fenno joined the department in 1957 and led the profession from Rochester for over half a century.
- We offer resources on race and ethnic politics, including a reading list on policing and criminal justice.
- Rochester faculty regularly publish cutting edge research in the top journals of the discipline.
- Bright Line Watch, led in part by Gretchen Helmke, finds continuing challenges to health of US democracy.
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