The 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.
Located at a college for women, the Political Science: Law and Government 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: Law and Government majors are often involved in the Pre-Law program at Sage. The emphasis on reading comprehension, analytical reasoning, and writing in the Political Science: Law and Government major provides excellent preparation for law school. Students in other programs are encouraged to minor in Political Science.
All majors 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; others opt for a full-time one-semester internship for 12 credits. Typical “real world” settings include the New York State Legislature, state agencies, local government, lobbying firms, law firms and other political organizations. International internships are also a possibility. 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.