Political Science Major
Welcome to the Political Science major at the University at Albany. Political Science majors take challenging coursework covering American Politics, Public Law, Political Theory and Global Politics. Special resources and opportunities in our department include undergraduate research and full and part time internships. Our graduates have gone on to successful careers in public service and law and have pursued graduate degrees in a range of academic fields.
The MAP (Major Academic Pathway) shows how the Political Science major might be completed in four years. As a transfer student it is important for you to use your
Degree Audit Report
(DARS) to determine what you’ve already completed and what is left for you to finish at Albany. As you do this, please consider the following information that we have found to be important to transfer students:
- Introductory courses: The following required courses should be completed as soon as possible.
- RPOS 101 American Politics (also fulfills US History and Social Science General Education requirements)
- RPOS 102 Comparative and International Politics (also fulfills Global/ Cross Cultural and Social Science General Education requirements)
- RPOS 103 Political Theory (also fulfills Europe and Humanities General Education requirements)
- Concentration. You will need to choose a concentration in the major, and take 12 credits at or above the 300 level in this concentration. The available concentrations are
- American Politics
- Public Law
- Political Theory
- Global Politics
Your DARS provides a complete listing of courses in each concentration, and of your remaining political science requirements.
- Students earning a gpa in political science of 3.7 (which includes at least 6 credits on this campus) are eligible for the Political Science Honors program.
Many Political Science majors
include a part-time or a full time
internship in their academic plans.
With careful planning transfer
students can also take advantage of
the full range of options, from the
Washington Semester program to a full
or part-time New York State
legislative internship. You must have
junior or senior status to participate
in an internship and have a GPA of at
least 2.5. Rockefeller College
has a fulltime internship coordinator,
Jennifer Williams, whose job responsibilities include assisting undergraduate Political Science majors prepare and participate in internships. Students can make an appointment to talk with her during him weekly office hours in HU-16.
- Our recommendation for your first semester:
- Take 1-2 introductory POS courses, as needed
- Add 1-2 300 level POS courses, for a total of 3 POS courses for the semester.
- Select 1-2 General Education courses in accordance with your DARS-identified needs.
- Add 1-2 electives to bring your course load to 15 credits.
ON-LINE REGISTRATION PROCESS
1. You are advised to complete and submit your Educational Plan as soon as possible, to maximize access to available seats
2. Your Educational Plan will be reviewed by a member of the Political Science faculty who may contact you by email with comments or questions. When your proposal is approved, you will receive an email from her/him and this message will include your AVNumber . You can expect to receive this by email within two weeks after receipt of your proposal.