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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
  • Certificate
  • Graduate Program
  • 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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Patrick McIntyre, C'97

Honoring the principles of the Enlightenment, valuing comparison, differences and compromise, and affording license to chart my own path, my political science degree from the Mount has enabled me to work in electoral politics and for equal rights; to lobby Congress for affordable and quality health care for everyone; to live and work overseas; and to work with Global 500 companies to create opportunities for everyone and improve lives at a global scale.

Patrick McIntyre, C'97 Director, Global Corporate Relations, United Way Worldwide

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
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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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