RIT students must complete a three-course concentration in a specific discipline or interdisciplinary area, as part of the graduation requirements. The Political Science Department offers two concentrations: American Politics and International Relations.


Concentration in American Politics

Joseph Fornieri, Concentration Adviser
(585) 475-5889, jrfgsm@rit.edu

Sean Sutton, Concentration Adviser
(585) 475-4620, sdsgsm@rit.edu

The value in studying the American political system can scarcely be overemphasized. As Thomas Jefferson maintained, only an educated and enlightened democracy can endure. A democratic society remains valid only to the extent that its citizens are educated and well-informed about their government and issues of public policy. The purpose of this concentration is to give students a sound understanding of the U.S. political system. Courses detail various aspects of the American political system, giving students the tools to participate effectively in the political process.

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Concentration in International Relations

Edward Kannyo, Concentration Adviser
(585) 475-4658, exkgsm@rit.edu

Dongryul Kim, Concentration Adviser
(585) 475-4194, dxkgsm@rit.edu

The international relations concentration introduces students to the complexities and shifting trends of international affairs, with an opportunity to study the significance of at least one aspect of the international system. We live in an increasingly interdependent world. Many career tracks will carry graduates into the multicultural arena of international transactions, which know no borders. Many emerging problems require international approaches if they are to be managed in the future.

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