Shape the Future of Politics and Governance
Political Science Undergraduate Major and Minor
students make political science one of the largest programs in Maxwell
take classes and study in Albany; Washington, D.C.; or internationally
undergraduate political science concentrations to choose from
B.A. in Political Science (30 credits)
Minor in Political Science (18 credits)
Check out the Course Catalog for a complete list of requirements for the major and minor in political science.
Majors must complete two required courses (listed below), an additional lower-division course (100 or 200 level), six upper-division courses and an additional course at any level.
American National Government and Politics
Introduction to Political Analysis
Political Science Concentrations
Political science majors will be exposed to political inquiry across a broad array of substantive topics, while also concentrating in one of the areas listed below. Students must take three courses in one of these concentrations.
Law and Courts
Race, Gender, Class
Vote of Confidence
Gretchen Coleman founded Ballot Z to increase youth voting in her home state of Illinois. She says her studies, combined with Ballot Z and the possibility of a Truman Scholarship—the nation’s premier award for those pursuing public service leadership—will help prepare her for a career in election reform. “Many young people don’t vote because they don’t realize how easy it is to do.”
Gretchen Coleman '22
B.A. political science, B.A. political philosophy