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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 El Salvador, where in 1992 the United Nations achieved its greatest success in peacebuilding to end a brutal civil war, the homicide rate is now highest in the world. In her timely new book Captured Peace, Christine Wade, associate professor of political science and international studies, examines how local elites manipulated the peace process, helping lead the country to its present state.
  • Experts from the Open Society Foundations will discuss the United States’s “war on drugs” and its domestic and international consequences.
  • As the 2016 presidential election approaches,  there is speculation: could candidate Carly Fiorina help close the electoral gender gap in the U.S.?  Republicans hope so, but Melissa Deckman explores why that may not be the case.

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