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A Political Science Degree for Problem Solvers & Change Agents
Learn From Leading Scholars in Political Science
Our Political Science faculty are experts in their field with active research agendas. Many have also been practitioners, working in the worlds of state and local government, non-profits, and political consulting. They bring this unique perspective to their role as teachers and mentors, and they actively collaborate with undergraduates on important research to be presented at the national and international levels. Small class sizes mean our faculty get to know you as an individual, providing close advising in your coursework, internships, and future career. Meet a few of our faculty members below, or view all Political Science faculty >
Dr. Pupcenoks teaches courses in international relations including the popular "Model United Nations" course. His research addresses migration, ethnic politics, and political violence as it relates to Muslim communities in the West. His book, Western Muslims and Conflicts Abroad, was published recently and his research articles have appeared in major academic journals.
Along with teaching courses in American government, public policy, environmental and energy policy, research methods, and environmentalism in popular culture, Dr. Boscarino is currently working on a project that examines environmental advocacy group communication strategies on social media, and the use of visual elements such as photographs to tell persuasive policy stories.
The former President of the National Council of Public Polls (NCPP), Dr. Miringoff is the director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion, home of the Marist Poll, and a frequent commentator on politics and elections and is often quoted in print and digital media. Dr. Miringoff teaches courses in political communications, public opinion, and survey research.
Build Your Resume with Undergraduate Research
Our faculty are very active in their research, and they look forward to bringing their students along for the ride. Working side-by-side with faculty at the top of their fields, you’ll have the opportunity to contribute to significant studies to present at the national and international levels. The Marist Poll is a great resource for research opportunities; it was the first college-based research center to include undergraduates in conducting survey research, and it has nearly 300 students on the team each semester.
Gain Skills to Set Yourself Apart
Students cultivate and nurture relationships within the community, collaborating on projects that train them for 21st century careers.
Students develop the cross-cultural awareness and competency to understand and impact political conditions on the ground across the world.
Students employ advanced research methods and technology to analyze real-world data and develop solutions to contemporary issues.
Students think logically and creatively, with an ability to reflect upon and assess different perspectives as they grapple with theory and practical issues.
Students communicate clearly, accurately and persuasively in a variety of written formats that are used in the professional workplace.
Start Your Career Before You Graduate with High-Impact Internships
Whether through Marist programs like the Albany Summer Internship Program or the Tarver Summer Internship Program or through our partnerships with the Hansard Scholars Programme in London and the Washington Semester Program, Marist Political Science students have a wide range of internship opportunities to focus their career paths. View some of the internship destinations our Political Science students have utilized below.
Enhance Your Career Possibilities with the Academic Triangle
Marist’s liberal arts curriculum is so unique because of our academic triangle approach: we encourage you to complement your major with an additional major, minor, or supplementary coursework, as well as internship and research experiences to round out your educational career. This trifecta enhances your academics, opening up a wide range of career opportunities after you graduate. Take a look at some real examples of how our Political Science students have been successful with this method:
+ Environmental Science and Policy Major
= Project Development Coordinator, NYC Dept. of Parks & Recreation
+ Communication Major
+ Public Relations Concentration
= Senior Associate, Kivvit Political Consulting
+ Mathematics Minor
= Election Associate, Global Strategy Group
+ Global Studies Minor
= Director, Women’s Environment and Development Organization
The political science major isn’t that big, so I really appreciated the small class size. I didn’t feel intimidated in discussions, and this gave me increased confidence later on in interviews and in the workplace. Marist doesn’t leave you to your own devices. If you put in the work, and reach out to faculty members, they’re happy to help you.
Political Science Major, Communication MinorRead Madeline's Story >
I feel the Marist community is always rooting for you and willing to help. What I considered home seems to have expanded at Marist. Home is not just a physical space – it’s the people and relationships.
Dual Major Economics and Political Science, Environmental Policy MinorRead Mac's Story >
Through my internships, I found out that I love the fast pace of the news industry. Interning for Yahoo!Finance, I wrote articles on influencers and helped with ‘man in the street’ interviews in Times Square, and it was such a great experience because they let me be really hands-on. I knew that this was what I wanted to do and that they had a culture I wanted to be a part of.
Communication Major, Journalism and Public Relations Concentration, Political Science MinorRead Brooke's Story >
In my Honors seminar, we reviewed case briefs and discussed types of leadership. Students in the class were exploring leadership in different ways—both in the Marist community and in the Poughkeepsie community. For me, now it’s about practicing some of those principles...I’d like to be involved in politics and education policy, and eventually, I would like to run for office.
Political Science Major, Criminal Justice MinorRead Mark's Story >
Academically, Marist has been great. My two advisors have been incredibly supportive. They even helped me write and practice a big speech I had to give in front of 200 people. I’m so grateful for their mentorship!
Dual Major Spanish and Communication, Public Relations Concentration, Latin American & Caribbean Studies and Political Science MinorsRead Nicole's Story >
My professors really helped me to find an interest in Latin American politics in class, and I really wanted to study more about it. I found this summer program online, and now I will have the opportunity to talk to people on both sides of the Colombian civil war and get their perspectives on conflict resolution and tactics.
Political Science Major, Global Studies MinorRead Orla's Story >
The Value of a Marist Education
At Marist, we pride ourselves on our dedication to providing our students with a well-rounded liberal arts education that prepares them for practical experience and profound success in their field. But don't just take our word for it - the numbers speak for themselves.