As a political science major, you'll develop an understanding of political institutions and processes in the local, state, national, and global community.You'll be prepared to think critically and act effectively as an engaged citizen.
UMass Dartmouth's political science program examines the impact of government upon the life of the individual—and of individual citizens upon government. We use scientific, philosophical, and applied perspectives to examine politics in the U.S. and around the world.
You'll acquire proficiency in writing, communication, advocacy, and comparative analysis: all vital skills in today's workplace. You'll be prepared for a career in local, state, and federal government—as well as in administration, business, corporate management, diplomatic service, public law, social work, urban planning, and many other fields. A major in political science can also be the stepping-stone to law school and graduate study in diverse academic and professional disciplines.
We offer a concentration within our major geared towards preparing you for law school. You'll focus on courses with an emphasis on law and the courts, in both the U.S. political system and international political systems.
International Politics Concentration
The International Politics Concentration promotes critical thinking, problem-solving, and creativity with respect to international politics; it enables students to address global issues and contribute to the public good.
Students will acquire knowledge about both politics within other countries and politics among countries. In addition, students will learn the research skills necessary to engage in the study of international politics.
Students completing the International Politics Concentration will be prepared for graduate study and/or to enter professional careers in international diplomacy, business, and development.
Margie Pullo '14
After graduating in 2014, Margie Pullo joined Maura Healey's campaign for Attorney General, and worked as a Regional Field Director.
Graduate School Placements
- Boston College
- Brown University
- Claremont McKenna College
- Duke University
- Roger Williams University
- Salem State University
- SUNY Stony Brook
- University of Rhode Island
- Barrington Law Centers
- Commonwealth of Massachusetts
- Community Resources for Justice
- Massachusetts Superior Court
- Merrill Lynch
- Morgan Stanley Wealth Management
- Suffolk County District Attorney's Office
- United States House of Representatives
- U.S. Department of Veterans
UMass Dartmouth's curriculum centers around four subfields of political science: American politics/policy, comparative politics, international relations, and political theory.
Our professors are accomplished scholars in their fields, committed to teaching and research. You'll work with them to:
- Understand of the concepts, theories, and empirical findings in politics, government, and administration
- Discover the impact of factors such as employment, environment, and gender on politics
- Consider the theories and practices of governments on both the domestic and international levels
For the major, you'll complete 39 credit hours, and 120 credit hours overall.
Further your career opportunities by engaging the world critically and socially. A minor in political science will provide you with analytical and communicative skills that will be valued in many fields.
For the minor, you'll complete 21 credit hours, consisting of 2 core courses and 5 specialized courses.
- Internships: all political science majors complete an off-campus internship in government, politics, public policy, and/or law. Study abroad experiences with the International Programs Office may waive the internship requirement
- Experience: participation in student government, community service, and Pi Sigma Alpha are some of the ways you'll gain hands-on experience in public affairs
Continue your education with graduate studies
3+3 Law degree: If you are thinking about law school, consider UMass Law’s accelerated program. Your first year at UMass Law counts as your senior year at UMass Dartmouth.