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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

  • Christine Wade’s newest book to hit the shelves – a sixth edition of Nicaragua: Emerging from the Shadow of the Eagle, co-authored by Thomas W. Walker, is ready for college classrooms and beyond nationwide, just in time for November’s presidential election.
  • 09/17/16 The Washington Post

    In this story about the race for U.S. Senate in Maryland, political science professor Melissa Deckman explains that even if Del. Kathy Szeliga (R-Baltimore County) doesn’t beat Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), she will have enhanced her credibility with the GOP and raise her profile statewide.

  • 09/15/16 The New York Times
    Political science professor Melissa Deckman is quoted in an op-ed by Thomas B. Edsall about why a majority the evangelical Christian right is supporting Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

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