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The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is a thriving center of intellectual excellence that encompasses 14 academic departments and 80 degree programs. Read more
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is a thriving center of intellectual excellence that encompasses 14 academic departments and 80 degree programs. Its more than 2,500 students are engaged in a wide variety of challenging courses and hands-on learning experiences that extend across all areas of the humanities and sciences – from the great philosophers and classic literature to the world economy and environmental sustainability.

At the core of each department are faculty members who have garnered national acclaim for their best-selling books, ground-breaking research and creative endeavors. Together, students and their professors explore globally significant subjects and work towards the goal of improving every aspect of the way in which human beings live. To learn more about a specific area of study, click on the left-hand navigation bar for a full listing of academic departments.

The department

As a political science or international studies major, you will examine worldwide political systems, economic systems, and social organizations from a variety of perspectives. You will engage in lively intellectual debates, learn how to develop persuasive arguments, and articulate your convictions with confidence and poise. You also will gain skills in research, analysis and critical thinking, which will ensure your marketability and success.

The Department of Political Science is very active in placing students in internships, including full-time, paid positions in the New York State Assembly and Senate in Albany in the spring of the students’ junior and senior years. Other internships are available to selected students in law offices, with judges, and at the United Nations.

Students are engaged in many extra-curricular activities, including the Political Science Association, the International Studies Association, the Pre-law Association, the Young Republican Club and Young Democrat Club. International Studies majors are active in the Model UN conferences held in New York City at which they have won several awards. Graduating seniors with excellent grade point averages may be eligible to be inducted into two national honor societies: Pi Gamma Mu and Pi Sigma Alpha.

M.A. in Political Science

The American system of self-government and political participation is one of the great stories of world history. From town and city councils to the Congress and the presidency, the institutions, political factions and social forces that drive our collective decision-making impact all of society and every individual. The 36-credit Master of Arts degree in Political Science at LIU Post examines domestic and foreign governments, the legislative process, the Constitution, government functions, and the role of governments and their impacts on people.

The graduate program offers a choice of four concentrations: American Government, Comparative Government, International Relations and Political Theory. Each concentration affords the student an in-depth examination of the fundamental forces, institutions and functions of public policy and governance. This program is ideal preparation for a wide range of careers or for doctoral study.

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The M.A. in Cross-disciplinary Studies is multidisciplinary, experiential, and allows students to self-design their graduate studies. Read more

The M.A. in Cross-disciplinary Studies is multidisciplinary, experiential, and allows students to self-design their graduate studies. The program is designed to meet the needs of students who are seeking a broader learning forum and who appreciate the unique self-design of cross-disciplinary studies. The M.A. program provides intellectual advancement and the opportunity to expand and enrich educational horizons in keeping with the liberal studies traditions. The M.A. program utilizes a multidisciplinary approach and variety of perspectives for observing, analyzing, and addressing contemporary social issues. Students focus on systemic approaches and methodologies when studying human challenges. The M.A. utilizes experiential learning to provide students with hands-on training where theory and practice are integrated.

The M.A. consists of an 11-course (33 credits) sequence that includes core classes, practicums, and a 12-credit concentration track.

Program Formats

The M.A. aims at convenience and accommodation by utilizing online course delivery format and self-designed programs. The students enrolled in the M.A. programs are afforded the greatest flexibility in self-selecting and self-directing their concentrated areas of interest, while at the same time retaining and reinforcing an emphasis on general professional skills. Students can complete the program completely online, but have a large selection of on-campus courses from which to choose.

Students may enroll full or part time, taking six to nine credit hours per term. Students who attend full-time can expect to complete the program in 19 months. Part-time students may complete the program in 2 ½ years. Summer attendance is mandatory.


The Master of Arts in Cross-Disciplinary Studies (MACS) degree program requires an 11-course (33 credits) sequence that includes core classes, practicums, a 12-credit concentration track and 1 elective.

Core courses:

  • MACS 5020 Theories and Philosophies of Conflict and Peace
  • MACS 5200 Research Design and Program Evaluation
  • MACS 5310 Introduction to Systems Theories
  • MACS 5400 The Interdisciplinary Writer
  • MACS 6130 Practicum I: Supervised Field Experience
  • MACS 6160 Practicum II: Supervised Field Experience

Concentration tracks

Culture and Society: Explore conflict resolution in diverse world cultures, business, and public service. Gain professional skills for communication, client support, counseling, crisis management, mediation and conflict resolution.

Health and Society : Manage data and research to meet the challenges of today's health care administration system. Develop skills to mediate between the medical establishment, the patient community, and the insurance community. In partnership with the College of Allied Health and Nursing.

Information Systems and Society: Appreciate technology-based solutions to leadership challenges, bridge the gap between corporate technology specialists and management staff, and mediate between technophiles and technophobes. In partnership with the Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences.

Coastal Environment and Society: Discover environmental data and research as a source of political conflict, while addressing the need to work comfortably within a diversity of local, national, and international cultures and boundaries. In partnership with the Oceanographic Center.

Education and Society: Investigate pedagogy and leadership in the diverse systems of education. Establish skills to manage conflict in learning environments. In partnership with the Fischler College of Education and Human Services.

Institutional Assessment: Research student-learning outcomes and prepare to lead academic organizations in assessment. Practice techniques to evaluate academic programs and curricula, respond to academic accreditation bodies, and create a "culture of evidence" at academic organizations.


Students complete two practicums during their course of study. Practicum placements have been established in an array of settings depending on student's areas of study. Students are also encouraged to explore and initiate a practicum setting specific to their own individual interests. For more information please http://cahss.nova.edu/departments/ms/graduate/macs/practicum.html

Master's Thesis

Option Students who wish to complete a 6-credit Master's Thesis may do so by completing in 3 additional credits. Students must request permission from the Director before enrolling for the Master's Thesis.

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Graduate students at. The New School for Social Research. ask the kind of questions that challenge the status quo across the social sciences and humanities. Read more

Graduate students at The New School for Social Research ask the kind of questions that challenge the status quo across the social sciences and humanities.

Guided by rigorous scholarship and a desire to apply academic discourse and discovery to current social problems, they critically examine interdisciplinary fields to become a force of new knowledge and ideas in the world.

All graduate programs at The New School for Social research can be completed full-time or part-time on our New York City campus. Competitive merit-based scholarships are available in all departments -- in recent years, 85% of master’s students have received merit scholarships at The New School for Social Research.

Change begins with a question. What will you ask?

Program Highlights

  • 30-credit MA, 60-credit PhD.
  • Examine social life through the lens of The New School’s historical connection to European social science.
  • Core areas of research reflect faculty interests: social inequalities; culture and politics; law, rights, and citizenship; historical and comparative sociology; and cities and publics.

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