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Political Science

Political Science

Our Goals and Objectives

Consistent with the liberal arts tradition, the political science major at Merrimack College aims to provide students with a rich, rigorous, and wide-ranging educational experience. Our goal is to create an intellectual environment in which students can acquire knowledge of the discipline, develop their academic skills, think critically about the world around them, and prepare to become thoughtful and productive members of society.

Political science majors should be able to examine a political situation or phenomenon, understand it in an informed way, analyze it from multiple perspectives, appreciate its complexity, and connect it to theoretical paradigms and/or practical experiences and considerations. The political science curriculum is therefore designed to cumulatively integrate the following learning objectives: acquiring knowledge and skills, developing an appreciation for intellectual inquiry, and promoting active learning.

Our main office is located in Cushing Hall, Room 16.

Please direct your specific questions regarding the Political Science Department to our Department Chair, Dr. Harry Wessel.  He can be reached by dialing (978) 837-3498 or emailing

During the academic year, our administrative assistant, Brenda Comerford, is available to answer general inquiries regarding major and minor degree requirements for the political science program and to arrange appointments with our faculty.  Brenda can be contacted by phone at (978) 837-5168 or via email:

We look forward to speaking with you and sharing the many exciting and challenging thoughts on domestic and international politics!  

More Info 

Harry Wessel

Associate Professor & Chair, Political Science