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Department of

Political Science

Be the change.

The political science major is designed to provide an understanding of the political forces, institutions, ideas, and problems of contemporary society.

Our curriculum prepares students for graduate studies and professional careers in law, politics, teaching, journalism, government, and international civil service.

Our top faculty, our innovative teaching styles, and our emphasis on experiential learning set the study of political science at Washington College apart from other places. Co-curricular programming through the Goldstein Program in Public Affairs and the Institute for Religion, Politics and Culture offers students a myriad of opportunities, including lectures by world-renowned experts, field trips, internships and short-term study abroad.

Political science students at Washington College also benefit from the college’s close proximity to our nation’s capital as well as Annapolis, the Maryland state capital. Many of our students complete internships or volunteer to work for political parties, nongovernmental organizations or campaigns during election season.

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    Noted political journalist Matt Bai will speak Sept. 28 about how the media’s coverage of political campaigns and government began changing for the worse when the focus on Senator Gary Hart’s extramarital affair derailed his 1988 bid for the presidency.
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    After serving two tours of duty with the U.S. Army in Afghanistan, Vignesh Vallanadu ’17 is studying political science at Washington College.