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Political Science Major

The Political Science major equips students to engage political questions with a broad basis in four major areas of study:

  • American politics
  • Comparative politics
  • International relations
  • Political theory

From these, students develop their particular area of interest and build a curriculum with political theory courses, international or comparative politics courses or pre-law courses. A graduate of the political science department is well equipped for a career in government, public affairs, non-profit organizations and law, as well as further scholarly or academic study in the fields of political science, legal theory and international politics.

Some distinctives of the Political Science Major:

The Global and Urban Experience: Many of our students take advantage of Gordon’s study abroad opportunities to spend time all over the world and in some of the most vibrant cities in the United States. Study abroad experiences include internship opportunities and concentrated academic study. Some of the most popular programs for political science majors include:

Internship Opportunities: Students get hands-on experience in a variety of internship opportunities close to Gordon’s campus and further away in cities like Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Internship sites have included:

  • The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life
  • Oxfam America
  • International Committee of the Red Cross
  • World Vision
  • U.S. Senate and House of Representatives
  • The White House
  • US Supreme Court

Committed Faculty, Small Classes: With class sizes on average under 25 students, there is plenty of opportunity to work closely with faculty members. Students are encouraged to pursue particular research questions with faculty in their area of interest. Many political science courses are run seminar style, giving students the maximum opportunity to engage with professors, their peers and course material. Courses develop both writing and public speaking skills.