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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

  • In her latest book Tea Party Women: Mama Grizzlies, Grassroots Leaders, and the Changing Face of the American Right, political science Professor Melissa Deckman examines how and why women have emerged as political leaders in the Tea Party and how they continue to influence American politics.

  • Traveling to Rome to participate in Harvard’s World Model United Nations, Washington College’s Model UN team wins two Best Delegate awards while reveling in the cultural smorgasbord.

  • Shane Benz has an immense desire to help people, so he elected to do his Senior Capstone Experience on the assessment of LGBT employment protection in the United States. His comprehensive SCE paper will serve as his SCE for majors in both political science and economics.

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