World of Politics

The World of Politics is a great fit for incoming freshmen interested in a major in political science or public policy. Maybe you want to be involved in student government while at UAlbany; maybe you're interested in international affairs; maybe you are just really interested in what is happening right now in American politics! Whatever your interest, this World allows you and other freshmen interested in politics to become engaged inside and outside of the classroom.

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As a member of an L-LC, you will have a built in community of friends and colleagues right from the start by living in the same hall and taking classes together!

Friends: Study and socialize with fellow L-LC members. Tackle those first-year courses with your friends by forming study groups where you live!

World Ambassadors: "Learn the ropes" from peers selected from last year’s most engaged L-LC students. If you stay an engaged student within your L-LC, you could become a World Ambassador your sophomore year!

Community Assistant: Meet weekly with an upper-class/graduate student to plan or attend social, academic, and community service events.

Lead Faculty Member: Get to know a member of the faculty outside of the classroom at weekly meals in your own dining hall!
World of Politics Lead Faculty: Professors Victor Asal, Julie Novkov and Zakhar Berkovich
Weekly L-LC Lunch: Wednesdays 11:30 AM - 12:25 PM

Academic Advisor: Marcelle Martens

World Representatives: Leadership opportunities abound in the L-LCs! Earn a spot as a World Representative by being a leader in your L-LC! World Representatives are elected by the L-LC in October to represent the group at meetings throughout the academic year.

Eligibility: The World of Politics is ideal for intended public policy and political science majors. This L-LC may also be of interest to students studying history and sociology or just interested in the American political system.

What does the World of Politics do?

The World of Politics will take some courses together in the fall and spring semesters of freshman year and attend political-themed events together.

Fall 2019 L-LC Courses
Freshman Seminar: World of Politics
Political Science 102-W: Comparative and International Politics

Spring 2020 L-LC Courses
Writing and Critical Inquiry

Examples of co-curricular events:

  • Workshops on résumé building, professional etiquette, and networking
  • Guest speakers who work in public policy
  • Social gatherings with your L-LC friends
  • Presentations on how to find and secure internships in the NYS Senate and Assembly
  • Study sessions
  • Community service