To study politics is to study power, authority, and decision making in all their forms and locations, from large national institutions to neighborhoods and families. Who has power? Who has authority? How are both used and contested? As a Politics student
at Lang, you investigate historical and contemporary arguments and initiatives involving values and forms of government. You blend empirical, historical, and theoretical work with interdisciplinary perspectives from fields such as philosophy, anthropology,
sociology, and economics.
Politics students gain in-depth knowledge of areas including:
- Civic engagement and political action
- Law and political institutions in comparative perspective
- Theories of political processes and institutions
- Global politics
- The politics of difference and inequality
- Government, markets, and regulation in making and implementing public policies
The major culminates in a senior capstone project. UNDERPOL, Volume IV (PDF), a journal written and edited by Politics seniors, features recent capstone theses on a variety of topics.
Connecting to New York City
While it offers the atmosphere and intimacy of a small college, Eugene Lang College is part of The New School, a major progressive university in New York City. Our location offers opportunities to explore the major political issues of our time at close
range—including civil liberties, immigration, socioeconomic inequality, and environmental concerns. In addition, you can work with local community organizations and other groups engaged in vital urban policy issues including policing, education,
housing, and immigration.
The Politics major prepares students to pursue advanced study and careers in many fields, including national and international public service, education, journalism, activism, law, and entrepreneurship. Above all, it prepares you for a lifetime of critical
and constructive engagement with your communities and the world.
If you are planning to pursue graduate studies in politics, consider applying to the Bachelor's-Master's program, which enables you to earn graduate credits
that will apply to both your Lang degree and a graduate politics degree at The New School for Social Research.