Introduction

Whether your goal is to someday work on a presidential campaign, champion international relationships, spearhead changes to public policy or run a nonprofit organization, understanding the many facets of political science is essential.

Program Overview

Portrait of Sevina Jackson '19

Fully immersed

Sevina Jackson ’19 has made the most of her time at Quinnipiac. The political science major participated in an unforgettable two-week seminar at The Washington Center in Washington, D.C.

From candidate messaging and strategy to the behind-the-scenes mechanics of the legislative process, the political system relies upon the expertise of individuals who have chosen to make their living in public service. We’ll prepare you for a career in government, journalism, law, the nonprofit sector or corporate world.   

You’ll learn to analyze policy and think strategically by putting modern politics in a historical context. You’ll also develop an understanding of foreign governments. Our program emphasizes hands-on learning in the field, so you’ll discover the tangible impacts of politics in everyday life through internship opportunities with congressional campaigns, lobbying firms or through our Semester Abroad program in Washington, D.C. 

You’ll have access to Quinnipiac’s Albert Schweitzer Institute, which sponsors programs and lectures with notable figures, such as Nobel laureates and former U.S. presidents. Some of our recent political science graduates are working as political reporters in Washington, D.C., for the U.S. State Department in Afghanistan and Turkey; and working as staffers for local and state-level politicians.

“Attending The Washington Center seminar was an experience that I will never forget, and I encourage all majors to attend if they can. I was surrounded by people of different ideologies who made me challenge my own beliefs and expanded my knowledge. It was an experience I do not believe I could have gotten from any other program.”
Sevina Jackson ’19

Internship Opportunities

Don’t just learn about policy — shape it

Changes in the political landscape are happening at hyper-speed, and your education has to help you understand the impact of these changes. In our Political Science program, you’ll learn by doing. Through well-placed internships, you will gain knowledge and experience from leaders in the areas that influence international organizations, global security and foreign policy. From political campaigns, lobbying groups, government councils and commissions, you will have the opportunity to chart your direction with noted political offices and firms. You’ll build industry skills on campus while gaining industry experience through internships at some of the most respected organizations in politics.

Our students have held internships at offices and companies such as:

  • Human Rights Campaign (DC)
  • U.S. Marshals Service (DC)
  • U.S. Secret Service (DC)
  • Town of  Hamden – Mayor’s  Office
  • Town of Hamden –  Community and Economic Development
  • INTERPOL (DC)
  • Human Rights Watch (London)
  • Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services (IRIS) –  (New Haven)
  • National Public Radio (DC)
  • National Association of  State Foresters (DC)
  • Connecticut Senate Democrats (CT Capitol)
  • Chwat Group – (Lobbying in DC)
  • Office of Congresswoman Rosa  DeLauro (DC)
  • Shirley & Banister Public Affairs (Lobbying Firm in DC)
  • Potomac Advocates (DC – foreign policy advocacy)
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (DC)
  • D.C. Witness  (online newspaper in DC)
  • World War I Centennial Commission (DC)
  • Sullivan and LeShane Lobbying  Firm (Hartford CT)
  • Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America  (DC)
  • Council on Foreign Relations (DC)
  • Congressional Chorus (DC)

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Dozens of students sit in rows and take notes

In the mix

Political science major Ali Munshi ’18 listens to a lecture at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace building by an expert on nuclear arms control in Washington, D.C.

Careers

A bachelor's degree in political science can be useful in a number of career areas. Graduates can work in federal, state and local governments; law; business; international organizations; nonprofit associations and organizations; campaign management and polling; journalism; research and university and college teaching. Political science majors gain administrative skills and communication abilities that are valued in a wide spectrum of potential careers.

Examples of careers for political science majors:

  • Activist, Advocate/Organizer 
  • Administration, Corporate, Government, Nonprofit, etc.
  •  Archivist, Online Political Data 
  • Budget Examiner or Analyst 
  • Attorney 
  • Banking Analyst or Executive 
  • Campaign Operative 
  • Career Counselor 
  • CIA Analyst or Agent 
  • City Planner 
  • City Housing Administrator 
  • Congressional Office/Committee Staffer 
  • Coordinator of Federal or State Aid 
  • Communications Director 
  • Corporate Analyst 
  • Corporate Public Affairs Adviser 
  • Corporate Economist 
  • Corporate Manager 
  • Corporate Information Analyst 
  • Corporate Adviser for Governmental Relations
  • Corporate Executive 
  • Corporation Legislative Issues Manager 
  • Customs Officer 
  • Editor, Online Political Journal 
  • Entrepreneur 
  • Federal Government Analyst 
  • Financial Consultant 
  • Foreign Service Officer 
  • Foundation President 
  • Freelance Writer 
  • High School Government Teacher 
  • Immigration Officer 
  • Information Manager 
  • Intelligence Officer 
  • International Agency Officer 
  • International Research Specialist 
  • Issues Analyst/Corporate Social Policy Division
  • Journalist 
  • Labor Relations Specialist
  • Legislative Analyst/Coordinator 
  • Lobbyist 
  • Management Analyst 
  • Mediator 
  • Plans and Review Officer, USIA 
  • Policy Analyst 
  • Political Commentator 
  • Pollster 
  • Public Affairs Research Analyst 
  • Public Opinion Analyst 
  • Publisher 
  • Research Analyst 
  • State Legislator 
  • Survey Analyst 
  • Systems Analyst 
  • Teacher 
  • University Administrator 
  • University Professor 
  • Urban Policy Planner 
  • Web Content Editor

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Curriculum and Requirements

BA in Political Science Curriculum

The BA in Political Science requires the completion of 36 credits, with a minimum grade of C in all courses. No more than 6 credits of internship (PO 295PO 395) may count toward the completion of the major. In addition to the University Curriculum and the College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum requirements, students majoring in Political Science must meet the following requirements for graduation:

Political Science Core Requirements:

PO 131Introduction to American Government and Politics3
PO 211Introduction to International Relations3
PO 215Political Theory3
PO 225American Political Movements3
PO 303Political Inquiry3
PO 408Senior Seminar3
PO 395 or PO 365 or a Service Learning course or Washington, D.C., Semester course or Study Abroad course in politics or other course approved by the department.3-6
Total Credits21-24

Experiential Requirement

At Quinnipiac, political science majors are required to have a for-credit “Experiential Learning” course or internship. Students may choose between an advanced internship, a course in the Quinnipiac Washington, D.C., Semester program, a political science course taken as part of a Study Abroad semester, or a course where academic learning is integrated with a community service learning project. Students should plan with their academic advisers early to complete this requirement before the start of their senior year. With department approval, this requirement may be completed with one of the following:

  • A political science advanced internship PO 395 of 3 or more credits;
  • A political science course taken in a study abroad program;
  • A political science course taken in the Washington, D.C., program or PO 365;
  • A service learning course in any discipline (must have “SL” designation).

Electives: Tracks in Political Science

Students choosing to focus their studies in the politics track, the public policy and leadership track, or the global affairs track may choose from among the following electives beyond the core required courses:

Politics Track

Select 15 credits of the following political science or cognate courses15
Political Science courses:
PO 101
Issues in Politics
PO 205
Public Policy and Administration
PO 206
Ethics and Public Leadership
PO 209
Environmental Politics and Policy
PO 216
American Political Thought
PO 217
Contemporary Social and Political Philosophy (PL 217)
PO 219
Women and Political Thought (WS 219)
PO 221
Introduction to Latin America
PO 227
The Politics of Intimacy
PO 231
Elections and Political Parties (SL: Service Learning)
PO 245
International Political Economy
PO 247
Actors and Processes in U.S. Foreign Policy
PO 280
Congress and the President
PO 311
Topics in International Relations
PO 312
Philosophy of War and Peace (PL 312)
PO 315
Democratic Theory and Practice
PO 317
International Law (LE 317)
PO 319
International Interventions
PO 321
Comparative Government
PO 325
Political Psychology and Public Opinion
PO 331
Topics in Comparative Government
PO 333
Middle Eastern History and Politics
PO 334
Topics in African Politics
PO 337
Human Rights: Theory and Practice (PL 337)
PO 342
Comparative Constitutional Law (LE 342)
PO 348
Political Communication
PO 353
American Constitutional Law (LE340)
PO 354
Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
PO 360
Topics in American Politics
PO 362
Presidential Election Campaigns (SL: Service Learning)
PO 365
Inside Washington, D.C.
PO 370
State and Local Government
PO 387
Women and Public Policy (WS 387)
PO 399
Independent Study in Political Science
Cognate courses: 1
IB 201
Globalization and International Business
PS 261
Social Psychology
SO 264
Social Welfare Institutions
Total Credits15
1

 In addition to political science courses, a student may count up to two of the cognate courses toward completion of the political science major.

Public Policy and Leadership Track

Select 15 credits of the following:15
PO 205
Public Policy and Administration
PO 206
Ethics and Public Leadership
PO 209
Environmental Politics and Policy
PO 216
American Political Thought
PO 227
The Politics of Intimacy
PO 231
Elections and Political Parties (SL: Service Learning)
PO 247
Actors and Processes in U.S. Foreign Policy
PO 280
Congress and the President
PO 315
Democratic Theory and Practice
PO 325
Political Psychology and Public Opinion
PO 335
Politics of Race and Ethnicity
PO 348
Political Communication
PO 353
American Constitutional Law (LE340)
PO 354
Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
PO 360
Topics in American Politics
PO 362
Presidential Election Campaigns (SL: Service Learning)
PO 365
Inside Washington, D.C.
PO 370
State and Local Government
PO 387
Women and Public Policy (WS 387)
Cognate courses: 1
PS 261
Social Psychology
SO 264
Social Welfare Institutions
Total Credits15
1

 In addition to political science courses, a student may count up to two of the cognate courses toward completion of the political science major.

Global Affairs Track 

Select 15 credits of the following political science or cognate courses:15
PO 101
Issues in Politics
PO 209
Environmental Politics and Policy
PO 221
Introduction to Latin America
PO 245
International Political Economy
PO 247
Actors and Processes in U.S. Foreign Policy
PO 311
Topics in International Relations
PO 312
Philosophy of War and Peace (PL 312)
PO 317
International Law (LE 317)
PO 319
International Interventions
PO 321
Comparative Government
PO 333
Middle Eastern History and Politics
PO 334
Topics in African Politics
PO 335
Politics of Race and Ethnicity
PO 337
Human Rights: Theory and Practice (PL 337)
PO 342
Comparative Constitutional Law (LE 342)
Cognate courses 1
IB 201
Globalization and International Business
Total Credits15
1

 In addition to political science courses, a student may count up to two of the cognate courses toward completion of the political science major.

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