Political scientists think critically and analytically and apply a broad understanding of the nature of politics to the important questions of our time. A major in Political Science prepares students for graduate education in various fields as well as for careers in government, politics, law, and a wide range of other professional and managerial positions. The program helps students learn how policies are made and carried out. It also provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to engage in political discourse as informed citizens.
The Department of Political Science offers a major leading to the bachelor of arts degree and a minor in the discipline. The department also supports a minor in Asian Studies and in Policy and Ethics.
Students majoring in Political Science may choose at least one of the five areas of concentration: American Politics, International Studies, Law, Political Studies, and Public Administration. The internship program, a key element in the department’s offerings, features placements of 3-6 credits locally, in Boston, and in other locations across the state, and placements of 3-9 credits in Washington, D.C. (Washington Center Internships). The department hosts three active clubs: the Political Science Club, the Law Club, and the International Relations Club. The department also sponsors a local chapter of the national honor society in Political Science, Pi Sigma Alpha.
*Washington Center Internships are offered for up to 15 credits. Students may apply 6 credits to the major, or 9 credits if they also enroll in a political science course offered by the Washington Center.
- Asian Studies Minor
- Political Science Minor
- Political Science, American Politics Concentration, B.A.
- Political Science, International Studies Concentration, B.A.
- Political Science, International Studies, Interdisciplinary Option, B.A.
- Political Science, Law Concentration, B.A.
- Political Science, Law, Interdisciplinary Option, B.A.
- Political Science, Political Studies Concentration, B.A.
- Political Science, Public Administration Concentration, B.A.