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.

Pre-Law Concentration

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.

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Shannon Jenkins

Professor / Chairperson
Political Science
Liberal Arts 318