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Political Science, Philosophy and Geography

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The Department of Political Science, Philosophy and Geography offers majors in political science and philosophy, and minors in political science, philosophy, geography, pre-law, an peace and human rights. Majors in this department pursue careers in:

  • Government
  • Public administration
  • Law
  • Public service
  • Business
  • Education


Students in the Political Science major and Political Science minor often link their studies to disciplines such as Communication Studies, Economics, Business, Public Administration or Computer Science to create double majors or major/minor combinations.

Students in the Philosophy major master skills vital to any student: Critical Thinking, Complex Reasoning, Persuasion, Self-Awareness, and more. Those skills, while valuable on their own, compliment interests in Law, Education, Psychology, Business, Biology, and Computer Science especially well.

The Geography minor offers an opportunity to learn more about physical habitats - rural and urban - and how geographical factors influence social and economic systems. The Philosophy minor and Peace and Human Rights minor explore fundamental issues related to the human condition and the study of social, political and religious thought. The Pre-law minor prepares students for entrance into law school.

Martín Mendoza-Botelho
Webb Hall, Room 325
(860) 465-5257
(860) 465-0650
Secretary II
Alicia Chandler
Webb Hall, Rm. 326
(860) 465-4594
(860) 465-0650
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In the News

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Eastern inducts hundreds into honor societies in spring 2024

May 16, 2024

More than 20 academic programs and departments at Eastern Connecticut State University recognized student achievements this spring 2024 semester during honor society inductions and award ceremonies.

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Political science honor society hosts first ‘Emerging Minds’ conference

April 11, 2024

Eastern Connecticut State University’s political science honor society hosted a conference “for students by students” on April 5 in the Science Building lobby. The inaugural "Emerging Minds” showcase offered a platform for students to present their research, creative work and internship experiences related to political science.

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Experts on opioid epidemic open community dialogue at Eastern

March 06, 2024

Early in his career as a paramedic, in the 1990s, Peter Canning responded to a cheerleading accident in which a high school girl broke her back. Two years later, he responded to her again, this time in a car accident, unconscious from a heroin overdose.

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Programs of Study

  • Eastern’s Political Science major combines a core of political science courses with an internship or study abroad requirement to provide professional and analytical skills. Students gain an understanding of domestic and international political processes through classroom discussion; guest speakers and special events; political debates; and a review of current political issues. The major includes a track for students seeking certification to teach high school social studies. A Political Science minor is also available to other majors.

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  • The Philosophy major at Eastern incorporates interdisciplinarity, diversity, and versatility. It provides opportunities for the development of creative, responsible, critical and caring thinking through the study of Western and non-Western philosophical traditions. Students explore the interconnections between philosophy and other disciplines and learn to apply philosophical methodologies to complex problems of personal and social relevance. This program is ideal for students interested in law, public policy and journalism, and connects well with students majoring in Political Science, Psychology, Business, Communication, and Education.

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  • The Geography minor familiarizes students with the globe and spatial distributions of phenomena ranging from capital to technology and disease. Students learn about physical habitats - rural and urban - and how geographical factors influence social and economic systems.

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  • The Peace and Human Rights minor explores fundamental issues related to the human condition and the study of social, political and religious thought. Students are encouraged to think critically and to broadly explore contemporary issues related to peace and human rights.

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  • The Pre-Law minor prepares students for the Law School Admissions Test and strengthens their skills in areas needed for success in law school, including critical thinking, logical reasoning and effective writing. Students receive a background in the nature, workings and justification of the law.

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