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Political Science Major

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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:

  1. Introductory courses:  The following required courses should be completed as soon as possible.
    1. RPOS 101 American Politics (also fulfills US History and Social Science General Education requirements)
    2. RPOS 102 Comparative and International Politics (also fulfills Challenges for the 21st Century and Social Science General Education requirements)
    3. RPOS 103  Political Theory (also fulfills Humanities General Education requirements)
  1. 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:
    1. American Politics
    2. Public Law
    3. Political Theory
    4. Global Politics

Your DARS provides a complete listing of courses in each concentration, and of your remaining political science requirements.

  1. 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.
  1. Internships. 

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 Semester in Washington 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 2.0.  Rockefeller College has a coordinator of undergraduate internships, whose job responsibilities include assisting undergraduate Political Science majors to prepare and participate in internships.   Students can make an appointment in Humanities B-16 or by emailing


  1. Our recommendation for your first semester:
    1. Take 1-2 introductory POS courses, as needed
    2. Add 1-2 300 level POS courses, for a total of 3 POS courses for the semester.
    3. Select 1-2 General Education courses in accordance with your DARS-identified needs.
    4. Add 1-2 minor classes or electives to bring your course load to 15 credits.


    Once you have submitted your admission deposit, your advisor from the Political Science department willl be contacting you via phone or email to start the registration process. You will be contacted within 1-2 weeks of your deposit date.