Political Science

With Capitol Hill nearby and the White House just blocks away, GW is the ideal place to study political science. Students in the program benefit from rigorous study as well as ample opportunities to intern on Capitol Hill or at government agencies. Part of the social and behavioral sciences discipline in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, the program examines politics in depth on both a national and international scale.

Related Majors, Minors, and Concentrations

Related majors and minors include history, anthropology, psychology and sociology.

What can I expect to learn in the Political Science program at GW?

Students learn a variety of subjects within the field, including comparative politics, 20th-century political thought, international politics, the American presidency and public policy. 

What is the Political Science community like at GW?

Faculty members are leaders in the political science field, and they regularly engage students on theory and research topics.

What can I do in the Political Science field?

Occupations include researcher, public affairs specialist, fieldworker, policy analyst, campaign aide and congressional staff member.

Innovative Courses

As part of the popular Politics and Values Program, students examine individual and societal values while living together for a credited yearlong course.

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