Political Science

Poli SciThe Political Science program at Russell Sage College is a liberal arts program with its primary focus on law and government. The College's location, resources, and faculty provide an ideal opportunity to learn firsthand about law and government through internships and other practical experiences that prepare the student for law school, graduate school in public administration, or public policy and a career in government and law.


Giovanna JosephGiovanna Joseph, a graduate of Russell Sage College's Political Science program, has been selected for a prestigious New York State Excelsior Fellowship. Her fellowship is being served in the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York, Public Finance Office.

At the Dormitory Authority, Giovanna works as a research analyst on a variety of high-level and sensitive projects, with direct involvement of the authority president. Additionally, she is tasked with the monitoring of and advisement upon bond issuances to prevent default. Read more about Giovanna and The Sage Colleges Excelsior Fellows >>


Located at a college for women, the Political Science program is well-suited for an exploration of the special relationships of women to law and government - as leaders and policymakers. Sage's program is dynamic and flexible. This enables the student to keep pace with current public policy and legal issues. At the same time required coursework ensures a solid foundation in political science theory, methods, and application.

Political Science majors are often involved in the Pre-Law program at Sage. The emphasis on reading comprehension, analytical reasoning, and writing in the Political Science major provides excellent preparation for law school. Students in other programs are encouraged to minor in Political Science.

All majors in Political Science must complete an internship, which the program arranges on the basis of individual student needs and interests. Many students take more than one three-credit internship. Some do a full-time one-semester internship for 12 credits. Typical internship sites include state and federal courts, the New York State Legislature, state agencies, local government bodies, law firms, advocacy groups, and other political organizations. The internship is an integrating experience in which students observe and employ applications of classroom learning. For Sage political scientists, the internship is the bridge between college and career.