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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.


  • Jake Vassalotti ’20 hiked on the Bermuda Rail Trail while on the Bermuda Field Course last summer.
    A busy summer in Bermuda and Wisconsin gave Jake Vassalotti ’20 a chance to combine his diverse interests in environmental policy and transportation.
  • A KFC restaurant looms large on an African street.
    A series of blog posts by students at Washington College highlights the politics of food in Africa.
  • Washington DC US Capitol Building with US American Flag Background Illustration

    These political science grads are making their mark as campaign strategists, fundraisers, communicators, and coalition-builders on both sides of the aisle.

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