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Major in Political Science BA

As a political science major, you will receive a BA in Political Science. 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.

We also give you the opportunity to concentrate in one of three particular areas of political science:

We want to ensure that you acquire proficiency in writing, communication, advocacy, and comparative analysis: all vital skills in today's workplace, which is why we require students to complete an internship. 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.

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. An internship is required for political science majors.

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.

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

Career Placements

  • 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
  • Internships: All political science majors complete an off-campus internship in government, politics, public policy, and/or law. Internship opportunities include the Washington Center.
  • Study abroad: Experiences through 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.
  • Pre-law advising: Receive advising on which courses to take to prepare for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and law school.
  • 3+3 Law degree: UMass Law’s accelerated program allows you to receive both an undergraduate degree and a law degree in 6 rather than 7 years. In your fourth year, you would matriculate at UMass Law as a first-year law student.
  • Honors College: take advanced courses, pursue research, and be part of a community of scholars
  • Study Abroad: earn academic credits and gain a global perspective on your field
  • Undergraduate Research: faculty work with students on cutting-edge research projects
  • University Studies: gain the benefit of a broad university education to enhance your knowledge and skills

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