Political Science at Marist: Program & Requirements

Fontaine Hall, Political Science Faculty, Political Science Students


Political Science enables students to study systematically the events, people and issues that shape political decision making. 

Besides focusing on the institutions, processes and outcomes of politics, the curriculum also surveys the great thinkers who have speculated about the nature of a just and effective political system. At Marist, the political science department encourages students to become familiar with a variety of political cultures and to appreciate the unique perspectives brought by each to the world community. As a result, political science graduates are able to integrate empirical investigation, theory, values and practice in understanding the world.

Political Science at Marist also strongly encourages student learning beyond the classroom through internships and field experiences. The curriculum prepares students for career options ranging from advanced work in graduate or law school to careers in government, the media or the corporate world. And consistent with the mission of Marist College, this major challenges students to confront the changing issues of the 21st century. Unique opportunities for our political science students include participation in The Marist Poll, the Albany Semester, the Washington Semester, Marist International Programs (MIP), and the Pre-Law Program, plus Concentrations in Paralegal Studies, Public Administration, and Public Opinion.