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Political Science

Political science

From shaping a school district's educational policy to planning a city's transportation system upgrades, and from balancing a state's budget to arguing a case before the U.S. Supreme Court, a degree in political science helps form the educational foundation necessary for professionals working on any of these endeavors.

College of Liberal Arts

The undergraduate degree in political science is part of the College of Liberal Arts, which is about making connections freely—exploring human achievement, examining the past critically and discovering ways to build upon it, and understanding yourself and our diverse world in order to transform it.

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  • Undergraduate Major
  • Undergraduate Minor
  • Graduate Degree
  • Graduate Certificate
  • Accelerated Undergraduate
  • Adult Undergraduate
  • Special Program

About the major.

In a time of growing political polarization and contempt for opposing viewpoints, an education in political science can help you think more clearly about how to make meaningful change in local, national and international politics.

As a political science major at the Mount, you’ll be encouraged to raise the level of conversation regarding the political world around you by fostering civic engagement and civil discourse with your peers. Courses will cover topics such as the American political system, the Constitution, international affairs, U.S. Congress and the presidency, elections, federalism and political parties. Other courses will teach you how to analyze, evaluate and implement public policies affecting such topics as health care, economics, the environment, international trade, race relations and gender issues. You’ll also explore how to conduct political research, helping you to develop skills that are increasingly sought-after by employers in business, government and politics.

With a political science degree, your career options will be as diverse as the political spectrum itself. You’ll be positioned to pursue occupations like a public policy analyst for a nonprofit organization, a government affairs liaison for a business, a political researcher for a state agency, or a lawyer in private practice.

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Sewa Gunn, Mount St. Mary's University C'21

The Mount’s central focus on principles of servant leadership, community and faith have proven critical to my development not only as a student, but as a conscious, contemplative and vocationally oriented Christian young adult.

Sewa Gunn, C'21 Pursuing Master of Legal Studies, American University Washington College of Law

Where political science majors go.

Mount graduates with a degree in political science have been hired by companies such as:

  • U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • Maryland Governor’s Office
  • City of Baltimore
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Smith Pachter McWhorter
  • Watson Farley & Williams
  • United Way Worldwide
  • Environmental Defense Fund
  • Morgan Stanley
  • U.S. Military Academy
  • U.S. Airforce

And have received graduate degrees at institutions such as:

  • Catholic University School of Law
  • The Harvard Kennedy School
  • The Ohio University
  • American University
  • Brandeis University
  • The University of Maryland
  • Georgetown University
Top 10% The Mount is in the top 10% of colleges and universities nationwide in terms of the long-term earnings for a four-year college degree.

About the minor.

A political science minor from the Mount can pair with virtually any major, helping you become a better critical thinker and ethical decision maker. Pair a political science minor with an economics degree to work as a researcher for a publicly traded company, a cybersecurity degree to pursue a career with agencies that work on national security, a health sciences degree to become a health care policy analyst with a regional hospital system, or a communications degree to work in the fields of journalism or political media relations.

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Contact the Department of Political Science

For questions about courses, research opportunities or general inquiries, please contact us at 301-447-5374 or

Meet Our Faulty

Michael Towle

Michael Towle, Ph.D.

Department Chair / Professor

William Christiansen, Ph.D.

William Christiansen

Assistant Profesor

Edward T. Egan

Edward T. Egan

Director, Pre-Law Program / Director, First Year Symposium / Lecturer

Amanda (Beal) Krause

Amanda (Beal) Krause, Ph.D.

Director of International Programs / Associate Professor

Maureen Oakley

Maureen Oakley, Ph.D.



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