Political Science Department

Are you intrigued by the influence of politics in our lives? Can you picture yourself working at the UN, for the FBI, the White House, in Congress or the Foreign Service? Do you love to debate, argue, advocate and analyze?

If so, you will find the opportunity to fuel your passion through our Political Science Department.

You will explore complex issues of government, law, policy and international relations. You will gain an understanding of how political movements shape our times. You will develop the tools to become an agent of positive change in the world.

You will follow your passion for politics.

Mission & Student Outcomes


The Department of Political Science is dedicated to the pursuit of academic excellence and diversity. Consistent with the overall mission of Iona University, the department strives to impart to students intellectual curiosity, the tools to assess and solve complex problems, and the skills to become independent, moral, and motivated decision-makers. In the liberal arts tradition, the department employs a wide variety of pedagogical techniques to reach all learners. The department faculty believes that a diverse curriculum composed of the key areas in the field (American government, Comparative Politics, International Relations, Political Theory, and Public Policy) will best prepare students to understand and assess politics both during their time at Iona, and after.
(Revised, January 2012)

Student Outcomes

Upon completion of the Political Science major at Iona, students will be able to:

  • Analyze, speak and write about political theory and events in the major sub-fields of political science;
  • Apply social scientific reasoning and theories to the analysis of a wide range of political issues and problems;
  • Generate and test hypotheses about political processes, relationships and institutions or engage in conceptual analysis and interpretation of political ideas, arguments, and phenomena;
  • Complete independent research projects in political science

Contact Us

Joshua K. Leon, Ph.D.
Chair, Political Science Department

Email: jleon@iona.edu


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