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About the course

An international leader in the discipline, Binghamton University's Department of Political Science is ranked in the top 20 by the 2010 NRC Study, and 19th in the world by the Hix study, with faculty who publish widely and are leaders in their fields. The graduate program offers the MA and PhD, and has an outstanding record of PhD placement at research universities.

The program emphasizes a broadly-based theoretical understanding of political behavior and institutions, coupled with the ability to carry out systematic empirical analysis. PhD students choose two substantive foci from among American politics, comparative politics, or world politics; MA students need only develop a specialization in one substantive area.

The primary goal at the PhD level is to educate scholars who will

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Entry Requirements

A bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university; AND Complete set of your undergraduate and graduate transcripts. At minimum, a 3.0 GPA is required.

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Diane Wong

4934.JPG “I like to tell people: ‘I don’t sleep much, but I dream plenty,’” she said. “That’s what keeps me going. I have all of these ideas and things that I am passionate about. It fuels me.”

Wong’s research on race, ethnicity and political behavior helped her become one of a dozen American Political Science Association (APSA) Minority Fellows for 2012-13. A double major in political science and Asian and Asian American Studies, Wong is also one of two Binghamton University students among the 12 (senior Vanessa Quince is the other). It is the third consecutive year that students from the University’s Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program have been named APSA fellows.

Wong, who entered Binghamton University after spending a semester at Queens College, thought she would be interested in medicine or pre-law. But a class with Lisa Yun, associate professor of Asian and Asian American Studies, helped Wong discover her academic calling.

“That (course) introduced me to the experiences and lives of Asians in America,” she said. “It opened up questions for me about race, ethnicity and how community can get engaged in the national discourse. … I didn’t really find my own research interests until I examined how my two majors intersect.”

While she has conducted research with political science professors David Cingranelli and Patrick Regan, Wong got hands-on experience in her topic last summer at The Leadership Alliance program at Columbia University. She worked with a professor and graduate student on immigrant political behavior, traveling to New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Jose to administer surveys in ethnic communities.

“I’ve never had field research experience like that before,” she said. “By talking to Latino, Asian-American and black communities, I collected a lot of interesting personal narratives about their views on politics and race relations that don’t normally get incorporated into studies or the political decision-making process.”

For Yun, students such as Wong “make teaching a deeply rewarding experience.”

“Her optimism, curiosity and love of learning is what inspires me,” Yun said. “Mentoring Diane became a dialogue, when I also learned from her. This is the best situation one could have with advanced students. As professors, we can engage learning as guides and advisors, but in the end, the brilliance comes from these young people themselves. We get to take a short journey together with fresh perspectives on life.”


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