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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

  • The Goldstein Program in Public Affairs welcomes Orlando J. Pérez on Sept. 25 to discuss “The New Caudillos: Popular Support for Democracy and Authoritarianism in the Americas.”

  • 09/12/17 The American Conservative

    Joseph Prud’homme, associate professor of political science, is featured in this story in The American Conservative about the National Center on Sexual Exploitation’s inaugural symposium on sexual exploitation of boys and men. Prud’homme, director of College’s Institute for the Study of Religion, Politics, and Culture, was a panel member at the symposium in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 8, and spoke on the role of pornography in the “the new cultural norm of the sexual commodification of men.”

  • 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.

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