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100% Online Political Science, B.A.

Our new 100% online Political Science, B.A. program prepares students for a broad range of career paths, including in law, government, foreign service, public policy, social action, business and non-profit management.

Whether you study online or in person, you will get the opportunity to complete applied learning experiences like internships, service projects, research, study abroad and career preparation. Whether you are starting from your first year or transferring to complete your bachelor’s degree, you can complete this program virtually—wherever you are.

Online students can also benefit from our career-ready joint programs, giving you a leg up on graduate study!

Maria Montes ’26 is one of several new students pursuing bachelor’s degrees in political science at SUNY Potsdam. For students interested in a fully remote option, the College's new 100% online Bachelor of Arts degree program in political science allows students to complete their coursework from anywhere in the world—the first political science program of its kind throughout the SUNY system.

“We have heard from students who might be looking to transfer from community college or who never completed their degree elsewhere who are interested in political science or pre-law studies, but can’t relocate or need the flexibility of online study so they can work or serve in the military. No matter how they study, students are going to come away with the same strengths—analytical and quantitative skills, research, social action, and written and verbal communication.”

Dr. Robert Hinckley chair of the Department of Politics
What you will learn
  • Provides students with facts, theories and skills they will need to succeed personally, professionally and as community members and citizens of the world.
  • Gain abilities highly desired by today's employers: writing well, working independently, engaging in teamwork, providing leadership and digging for facts.
  • Engage in rigorous analysis and thoughtful verbal and written communication.
  • Preparation for graduate school: Ideal for pre-law, public administration, international affairs and more.
  • Set your own schedule: All coursework is asynchronous!
SUNY Potsdam Launches SUNY’s First Online Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science 

SUNY  Potsdam is proud to announce its first fully online baccalaureate program—a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. The program is the first to be offered 100 percent virtually in the field in the SUNY System. The program will kick off in Fall 2023, and faculty are already hard at work preparing courses and applied learning experiences for the first cohort of fully online students.

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SUNY Potsdam Partners with University at Buffalo Law School for 3+3 BA/JD Program

Motivated SUNY Potsdam students interested in a legal career can now jumpstart their studies at the University at Buffalo School of Law while completing their undergraduate degree, under a new accelerated 3+3 Bachelor of Arts (BA)/Juris Doctor (JD) agreement between the two institutions.

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“The professors that make up the department not only want you to succeed, but genuinely want you to grow your interest in politics.”

—Sara Behuniak, Esq. ’17, Assistant Conflict Defender, St. Lawrence County Conflict Defender’s Office