Political Science at Marist: Program & Requirements

Fontaine Hall, Political Science Faculty, Political Science Students

The Political Science major allows students to chart their own 
path and to take courses and specialize in one or more of the following subfields: American politics, political theory or global politics. For example, after completing basic foundational courses, students can choose to take predominantly international relations classes or courses in political theory.

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 Department of Political Science 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 graduate or law school to careers in
government, the media or the corporate world. Consistent
with the College's Mission Statement, this major challenges
students to confront the changing issues of the 21st century.
Distinctive opportunities for our majors include participation
in The Marist Poll, the Albany Internship Experience (AIE),
the Washington Semester, Marist Abroad,
and the Pre-Law Program, plus concentrations in Paralegal
Studies, Public Administration, and Public Opinion.

For current students and alumni:
--Stay in touch via our Marist College Political Science Alumni group on LinkedIn. 
--Need recommendation letters? See advice to students seeking recommendation letters here.