Hofstra University has added a minor in Presidential Studies to its academic offerings. While the new program falls under the auspices of the Political Science Department, courses will be offered in a number of subject areas, including history, rhetoric, geography, mass media studies, philosophy and sociology. The minor will launch in the fall of 2014.
The minor in Presidential Studies is designed for students with a keen interest in U.S. presidential leadership and policy-making, who seek to examine executive politics from multiple disciplinary perspectives. The minor will help students develop the critical thinking skills necessary for advanced graduate work in presidential studies, politics and policy making. The program will place students at the forefront of the field through individually designed plans of study that will combine analysis of existing scholarship with primary research, including archives and interviews.
A minor in Presidential Studies is a natural next step for the University’s political science offerings. Hofstra hosted presidential debates in 2008 and 2012, in partnership with the Commission on Presidential Debates (and Hofstra holds the distinction of being the only New York college or university to have hosted a debate). Hofstra also has a renowned tradition of presenting in-depth conferences on every presidential administration since FDR. The last one was on the presidency of William Jefferson Clinton in 2005, and the next one on George W. Bush is scheduled for March 2015. Past Presidents Ford, Carter, Clinton and George H.W. Bush participated in their respective conferences.
The Presidential Studies minor makes use of the unique programs and resources offered by Hofstra’s Peter S. Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency. The Kalikow Center was established in 2006 by a generous grant from Hofstra trustee and alumnus Peter S. Kalikow. This grant also established the Peter S. Kalikow Endowed Chair in Presidential Studies, held by Political Science Professor Meena Bose. The Center created two senior fellowship positions: one is held by the Honorable Howard Dean, former Democratic National Committee chairman and presidential candidate, and the other is held by Edward Rollins, one of America’s premier political strategists and communication experts. Governor Dean and Mr. Rollins regularly meet with students, guest teach classes and participate in University events.
Since the founding of the Kalikow Center and the hosting of the presidential debates, political science students at Hofstra have been able to take advantage of a number of impressive opportunities, including working at the Democratic and Republican National Conventions and participating in bi-partisan seminars at The Washington Center in the nation’s capital.
For more information on the minor in Presidential Studies send an email to Dr. Meena Bose.