Political Science


The study of political science is about understanding the political questions that surround issues like wealth and poverty, policy and activism, democracy and dictatorship, and gender and race. At HWS, students develop the rigorous analytical skills that help them in their education and civic responsibility.


Yellen Named Treasury Secretary in Biden Cabinet

Janet Yellen, the 15th Chair of the Federal Reserve, receives the Blackwell Award.This week, President-Elect Joe Biden announced that he will nominate Janet Yellen, former chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and recipient of the 2015 Elizabeth…
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Finger Lakes Goods Internships

FLX Goods Interns. KColton-118Maura McNamara '22 and Emma Nedeau '22 are interning this semester at Finger Lakes Goods, a new Geneva-based business owned by HWS alum Jim Cecere '91 that sells natural goods…
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Stephanopoulos Donation Adds Iconic Historical Photos to HWS Collections

Horace Cort, ÒDr. Martin Luther King Jr. addresses about 2,500 persons in Hurt Park in downtown Atlanta todayÓ December 15, 1963, vintage Associated Press wirephotoA new gift from journalist George Stephanopoulos adds approximately 650 new items to the Collections of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, bringing depth and breadth to his 2019 donation of politically…
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Davis Gallery Hosts Crafting Democracy Events

Art Exhibit Fall  CPaige_KColton-208Art and politics come together in a series of events hosted by the Davis Gallery at Houghton House. Crafting Democracy features a fiber arts exhibit, a handmade zine and a…
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Examining the 2020 Election through a Critical Lens

Price Ricky Classroom KColton 0115Visiting Professor of Political Science J. Ricky Price first started using the messaging app GroupMe to keep his students connected when classes went virtual in the spring. Being able to…
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Pi Sigma Alpha

Members of the Department and 2014 Initiates of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national Political Science Honor Society.

Members of the Department and 2014 Initiates of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national Political Science Honor Society. HWS has had the Chi Phi chapter since 1999 and initiated over 100 members.

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