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Political Science

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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.

Recent Stories

  • 11/17/16 World Politics Review

    Christine Wade, associate professor of political science and international studies, writes in World Politics Review about Latin American governments, once dubious of presidential re-election, that have been amending election laws to allow presidents to seek multiple terms in office, some indefinitely. Professor Wade looks at the presidential re-election trend in Latin America. focusing on this month’s election in Nicaragua and next year’s election in Honduras.

  • 11/15/16 Fortune Magazine

    Chris Baylor, a visiting assistant professor in political science, publishes an op-ed in Fortune in which he argues how historical precedent shows that the Republican victory in both houses of Congress and the presidency could well be short-lived.

  • 11/11/16 “Two Weeks Notice”

    In his Latin American politics blog “Two Weeks Notice,” Greg Weeks talks with Christine Wade, associate professor of political science and international studies, about the elections in Nicaragua.

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