Political Science Major

Major in Political Science

You’ll learn about political systems and leaders, government policies and domestic and international conflicts as a political science major at Merrimack College.

What You’ll Learn

As a political science major, you will:

  • Analyze a political situation from multiple perspectives and connect it to theoretical models or practical experiences.
  • Explore society’s vital questions about law, government, justice and humanity.
  • Apply your knowledge by pursuing an internship in government.
  • Develop your writing and critical thinking skills, which will help you become a thoughtful, engaged member of society.

You might also consider double majoring or minoring in related fields, such as pre-law, economics or environmental studies and sustainability.

Hands-On Learning

Why not take your skills out of the classroom and into the political arena? Debate constitutional issues against national teams in Moot Court, explore a public service internship or spend a semester during your junior year with the American University Washington Semester Program or abroad.

Career Options

As a graduate of our program, you’ll be well equipped to pursue a graduate degree — in law, history, political science or a related topic — or to begin your career working in the public or private sector. Our graduates go on to jobs in business, government, international relations, public administration, academia and more.

Recent graduates hold a variety of exciting positions, including:

  • Analyst, Library of Congress
  • Attorney General, State of Vermont
  • Director, Lowell (Mass.) Planning Board
  • Judicial Law Clerk, New Hampshire Superior Court
  • Legislative Aide, U.S. Congress
  • Mayor, City of Lawrence, Massachusetts
  • Prosecutor, Tewksbury (Mass.) Police Department
  • Research Assistant, Citizens for the Constitution
  • Secretary, Executive Office of Health and Human Resources, Massachusetts
  • State Senator, Massachusetts
  • Systems Analyst, Massachusetts Department of Revenue

Courses You’ll Take

Political Science Major Curriculum


Political Science Major Requirements

General Education Requirements

In addition to the major requirements below, you will also need to complete Merrimack’s general education requirements. To see more details about the major, please visit catalog.merrimack.edu.