Political Science

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Quick links:


- Profs. Jenkins and Manning on the Mass. primaries @ The Standard Times

- Prof. Roscoe on the election @ WBUR Boston

Prof. Jenkins joins WGBH blog Massachusetts Politics Profs

Prof. Manning on the election @ The Standard Times

The Department of Political Science provides students with the opportunity to develop an understanding of political institutions and processes in a global community. As an area of study within the framework of the liberal arts, our program examines the impact of government upon the life of the individual and of individual citizens upon government.

The political science major utilizes scientific, philosophical, and applied perspectives to examine politics in the United States and throughout the world. Our majors acquire proficiency in writing, communication, advocacy, and comparative analysis--skills that are vital in today's working environment. An education in political science prepares students to think critically and to act as effective global citizens.

Political Science home ImageThe department's faculty are accomplished scholars who have published widely and are active in their profession. The professors are proud to maintain a tradition of valuing teaching while recognizing the importance of academic research.  This balance provides students with the opportunity to receive personalized attention from a skilled faculty of scholars who are engaged in leading-edge research.


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Learn about the Pre-Law Concentration for those who are considering law school.

BA/MPP 4+1: A Bachelor or Arts degree in Political Science PLUS a Masters in Public Policy...in only five years! Click here to learn more.

The UMass in Lisbon program
:  This is much more than just a study abroad -- you can take official UMass courses with UMass faculty in Europe...all at a cost that's the same as traditonal classes on campus!