Majors, Minors, & Certificates

Political Science

The political science program provides our students with a comprehensive understanding and appreciation of the study of politics. Students actively participate in local, state and international communities. We foster informed and empowered citizens and prepare them for successful careers in today's diverse, connected and complex world.

Program Highlights

  • Commitment to shaping students as global citizens.
  • Proximity to New York State’s Capital.
  • Student clubs, including Model UN, Moot Court/Mock Trial and Political Science Society.
  • Emphasis on development of diverse and cutting-edge research skills, including interviewing, focus groups, survey data and content analysis.
  • Established Washington Semester Program with American University.
  • Senior capstone, which allows students to engage in an independent research topic of their choice.
  • Travel courses to Latin America, Nordic countries and more.

Success Stats

  • 97% job or graduate school placement rate
  • One in three pursue independent study or research
  • 76% receive a master’s, doctorate or professional degree
  • 66% participate in internships

Skills Developed

  • Independent research skills
  • Leadership
  • Critical thinking
  • Confidence in writing and public speaking
  • Ability to synthesize and/or distill large amounts of information
  • Ability to make lucid, compelling and/or persuasive arguments
  • Curiosity
  • Adaptability
  • Social responsibility
  • Awareness of diversity and complexity
  • Ability to work cross-culturally

Career Preparation

Students who major in political science have a foundation for future careers or graduate study in government service, public policy and administration, law, international affairs, teaching, journalism and nonprofit or private sector careers.

Graduate and Professional Schools Attended by our Graduates

  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Texas, Austin
  • School of International Training, University of Vermont
  • Maxwell School of Public Affairs, Syracuse University
  • College of William and Mary
  • University of Virginia
  • Boston University
  • Boston College
  • American University
  • Fordham University
  • Albany Law School

Employers of our Graduates and Student Internship Sites

  • Alliance for Quality Education
  • American Medical Association
  • Campaign for Terrance Modglin, Virginia House of Delegates
  • Dow Chemical Company
  • Edward Jones
  • Foreign Policy Initiative
  • Golub Corporation
  • New York State Division of Criminal Justice
  • New York State Governor’s Office
  • New York State Senate’s Independent Democratic Conference
  • New York State Senator David Carlucci
  • New York State Senator Timothy Kennedy
  • New York State Senator Kevin Parker
  • New York State Unified Court System
  • Pfizer
  • St. Lawrence County District Attorney’s Office
  • The White House
  • U.S. Army
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • U.S. House of Representatives
  • U.S. Representative Chris Gibson
  • U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

Job Titles of Recent Graduates

  • Account Executive
  • Associate Legal Advisor
  • Attorney
  • Communications Director
  • Director of Government Affairs
  • General Counsel
  • Legislative Aide
  • Legislative Policy Analyst
  • Managing Director
  • Manager of Media Services
  • Marketing Counsel
  • Paralegal
  • Program Manager
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Researcher
  • Senior Consultant
  • Senior Project Manager
  • Senior Policy Analyst

Political Science Department

At Siena political science majors have the unique ability to “capitalize on the capitals.” We offer opportunities to study and experience American politics, political theory, public law, international politics, and public policy inside and outside the classroom. We have strong relationships with Albany’s political agencies and offices and with programs based in Washington, D.C. and London. You’ll also get plenty of hands-on experience in internships, the Model UN program, and moot court/mock trial clubs.



Career Opportunities

Court Reporters use verbatim methods and equipment to capture, store, retrieve, and transcribe pretrial and trial proceedings or other information. Includes stenocaptioners who operate computerized stenographic captioning equipment to provide captions of live or prerecorded broadcasts for hearing-impaired viewers.

Job titles include: Court Reporter, Official Court Reporter, Freelance Court Reporter, Court Stenographer, Certified Shorthand Reporter (CSR), Deposition Reporter, Digital Court Reporter, Realtime Court Reporter, Stenographer, Court Monitor


The median annual wage was $48,160 in 2012.


Employment is projected to grow 8-14% from 2012 to 2022.

Emergency Management Directors plan and direct disaster response or crisis management activities, provide disaster preparedness training, and prepare emergency plans and procedures for natural (e.g., hurricanes, floods, earthquakes), wartime, or technological (e.g., nuclear power plant emergencies or hazardous materials spills) disasters or hostage situations.

Job titles include: Emergency Planner, Emergency Management Coordinator, Emergency Management System Director (EMS Director), Emergency Preparedness Program Specialist, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Emergency Services Director, Emergency Management Consultant, Emergency Management Director, Emergency Management Program Specialist, Emergency Preparedness Specialist


The median annual wage was $59,770 in 2012.


Employment is projected to grow 8-14% from 2012 to 2022.

Political Science Professors teach courses in political science, international affairs, and international relations. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Job titles include: Professor, Political Science Professor, Professor of Political Science, Instructor, Political Science Instructor, Associate Professor, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Adjunct Professor, Associate Professor of Political Science, Government Professor


The median annual wage was $72,170 in 2012.


Employment is projected to grow 15-21% from 2012 to 2022.

Legislators are elected to develop, introduce or enact laws and statutes at the local, tribal, State, or Federal level.


The median annual wage was $19,780 in 2012.


Employment is projected to grow 3-7% from 2012 to 2022.

Museums/historical sites industry engages in the preservation and exhibition of objects, sites, and natural wonders of historical, cultural, and/or educational value. Careers include curators, museum technicians and conservators and tour guides.


Depends on job function.


Employment in the museums/historical sites industry is expected to grow 15.6% by 2022.

The education sector comprises establishments that provide instruction and training in a wide variety of subjects. This instruction and training is provided by specialized establishments, such as schools, colleges, universities, and training centers.


Depends on job function.


​Employment in the education is expected to grow 9.4% by 2022.