New degree focuses on digital democracy and bio-politics

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Paul Ferber

RIT has announced a new bachelor’s degree in political science. The program includes tracks in digital democracy and bio-politics, with a focus on Internet political action, social networking, health- care policy, genetics and bio-ethics. The degree has been approved by New York state and will be offered this fall. Students will take courses in new media communication, networking security and biotechnology, among others, allowing them to learn from experts in these fields and then apply this knowledge to traditional political, theoretical and public policy questions.

The program will also offer internships and cooperative educational opportunities both in government and in more technical environments, such as working for a government relations office at a pharmaceutical company. In addition, undergraduate research opportunities could include collaborations with computer scientists and biomedical researchers working on campus.

“By incorporating new methods of political science instruction, experiential learning and student research, we hope to enhance the ultimate transformation of the discipline and advance its real world impact,” says Paul Ferber, professor and chair of the Department of Political Science at RIT. “We will look to utilize these assets to better prepare our graduates for the increasingly technical and complex questions they will face in their professional careers.”