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.


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  • Kait internship at the state senate
    Kait internship at the state senate
  • Capstone Prep Course meets in the coffeeshop
    Capstone Prep Course meets in the coffeeshop
  • Political Science capstone students at their final presentation
    Political Science capstone students at their final presentation
  • Students work with Dr. Len Cutler
    Students work with Dr. Len Cutler
  • Layvon Washington at the White House, an opportunity given to him by City Year.
    Layvon Washington at the White House, an opportunity given to him by City Year.
  • Political Science Society hosts a social media event
    Political Science Society hosts a social media event
  • Seminar meeting
    Seminar meeting
  • Gender equality and immigration in Stockholm
    Gender equality and immigration in Stockholm
  • International relations simulation
    International relations simulation
  • Steve during the Washington Semester Program in D.C.
    Steve during the Washington Semester Program in D.C.

As a political science major you’ll be trained to think critically about domestic and international political issues and gain a deep understanding of political institutions, processes, and value systems. You’ll also develop analytical and research skills critical to analyzing public opinion polls, statistics, laws, public policy, and the ways political issues affect national and international communities.

Political Science at Siena

Siena’s political science program will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of and appreciation for U.S. and world politics. Here, you’ll actively participate in local, state and international political arenas. You'll graduate as an informed and empowered citizen ready for a range of careers in this diverse, interconnected and complex world.

Career options for political science majors

As a political science major at Siena, you’ll graduate ready for graduate study or a career in government service, public policy, law, international affairs, education, journalism, or nonprofit and private-sector business. Our political science alumni attend graduate programs at Berkeley, the University of Michigan, the University of Texas, Rockefeller College, and Syracuse University, as well as law schools including William & Mary, Boston University, Boston College, American University, Fordham, and Albany Law.


Political Science News

  • Saints Explore Russia

    A small contingent from Siena College journeyed to Russia for a week in May as part of a travel course on Russian foreign policy. Read More

  • Peace Activist Speaks at Siena on “The War Against ISIS”

    Political science students gathered in the Boland Room to hear noted peace activist Phyllis Bennis talk about our nation’s war against ISIS – how it began, and what impact the new Trump administration could have on these efforts. Read More

  • Sophomore Scholar Jump-Starts Academic Career

    Siena students get in the game. From research and product development to internship programs and study abroad experiences, Saints take advantage of all Siena has to offer. These opportunities are not simply available to Siena’s upperclass students, they are there the minute a Saint walks through the doors, just ask Shelby Davis ’19. Read More

Department Chair

Daniel Lewis

Daniel Lewis

Associate Professor of Political Science

321 Siena Hall

(518) 783‑2325

Saint Spotlight

Alicia Bryan

Class of 2017

Political Science Major

Stillwater, NY


A degree from Siena means a lot more than just passing your classes and getting by. The professors help and guide you to be good at things you may not even know you enjoyed doing in the first place. I wanted a degree that I had to really work for and no other school really offered that to me personally besides Siena.