Research in the Department of Political Science involves focused
work with faculty members who have a strong interest in fostering
your individual interests. From the First Year Seminar to advanced
courses within the major, Marist students have the opportunity to
explore politics at the regional, national, and international levels.
The Department subscribes to the theory that research is a highly
collaborative enterprise. Working at the Marist Institute for Public
Opinion provides many Political Science majors with an
unparalleled opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge of survey
research. In addition, students have many opportunities to exchange
ideas with like-minded students and faculty at other institutions.
Recent events at which Marist students have presented their work include the Student Conference on
United States Affairs (SCUSA) held at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the First Annual
Student World Affairs Conference (SWAC), held at Vassar College. The Second Annual SWAC, which
was hosted by the College, featured Marist students in prominent roles as planners and organizers as
well as presenters. Other events, such as the Women & Society Conference, the College's annual
Celebration of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, & Creative Activity (CURSCA), and events
sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement & Leadership, Center for Multicultural Affairs, and
the Campus Sustainability Committee provide other opportunities for Political Science students to build
bridges between their academic work and broader conversations on campus and in the larger community.