Political Science and International Relations Club
Students interested in politics have maintained an active Political Science and International Relations Club, recognized as a student organization on campus within the SUNY New Paltz Student Association. This club elects officers, has its own budget from the SA, and meets weekly. Its activities include sponsoring discussions with faculty on topics of scholarly interest, working with faculty to bring in outside speakers, sponsoring candidate debates on campus during campaign seasons, and planning off-campus trips to such sites as the New York State Legislature in Albany, the United Nations in New York City, or the annual 3-day trip to Washington, DC. Since 1997, the club has used the DC trip to meet with congressional and presidential aides, Supreme Court justices, White House reporters, and public interest groups, and it has attended oral argument at the Supreme Court.