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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

  • 08/10/17 Governing.com

    Melissa Deckman, chair and professor of political science, is quoted in this Governing.com story about Krish Vignarajah’s decision to join the Maryland gubernatorial race on the Democratic ticket. Vignarajah, the former policy director for First Lady Michelle Obama, represents “everything Trump is not,” Deckman says, adding that she is among a wave of Democratic women who have been inspired to run after the election of Donald Trump as president.

  • 07/28/17 WMUR

    Political science Professor Melissa Deckman is interviewed on WMAL about Maryland Rep. John Delaney’s decision to run for president in 2020. Deckman notes that Delaney, a Democrat, “really hasn’t been a leader within the Democratic party. He’s been, I think, more of a maverick.”

  • 07/28/17 WMAL

    Melissa Deckman is interviewed on WMAL about Gov. Larry Hogan’s decision to join other governors opposing his party’s “skinny” healthcare repeal. Deckman, professor of political science, says she was not surprised by the move, noting that Hogan understands that a majority of his constituents are not in favor of the GOP health care plan.

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