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
  • Gender equality and immigration in Stockholm
    Gender equality and immigration in Stockholm
  • Steve during the Washington Semester Program in D.C.
    Steve during the Washington Semester Program in D.C.
  • Citizen Advocacy & Lobbying students meeting with Assemblyman Phil Steck (D-Colonie) in the New York State Assembly chamber.
    Citizen Advocacy & Lobbying students meeting with Assemblyman Phil Steck (D-Colonie) in the New York State Assembly chamber.
  • Russian Foreign Policy students visit the Kremlin in Moscow
    Russian Foreign Policy students visit the Kremlin in Moscow

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

  • Mayan Hands

    We see the lovely handcrafted items at fair trade markets – colorful scarves and table runners, felt slippers and toys, baskets, and more. Read More

  • Citizen Advocacy & Lobbying Class

    Dr. Lewis is teaching a new course, Citizen Advocacy & Lobbying. The course is a unique, applied learning experience, designed around the Educational Network for Active Civic Transformation (ENACT) model developed at Brandeis University. Read More

  • Shelby Davis Honored

    Junior Political Science major, Shelby Davis ‘19, was presented with the Siena College Award for Excellence Read More

Department Chair

Daniel Lewis

Daniel Lewis

Associate Professor of Political Science

321 Siena Hall

(518) 783‑2325

Saint Spotlight

Chris Klaeysen

Class of 2008

Political Science Major

Seattle, Wash.


Political science not only taught me about the mechanics of political systems, but also embedded instruction on history, philosophy and law. It was a well-rounded program that helped me develop the values that define who I am today.