School of Liberal Arts

Political Science & Public Policy

Why Study Political Science?

Political scientists explore questions about law, government and humanity — questions every society faces in the world today.

Major and Minors

The Department of Political Science & Public Policy offers you the opportunity to learn more in a variety of ways.  We have a major in Political Science, and minors in Political Science, Pre-Law, and Public Policy. In our programs, you can learn about our political systems, political leaders, government policies, social and international conflicts, as well as sharpen your analytical research and critical thinking skills.

Graduate Programs

For students interested in graduate programs, our faculty support the interdisciplinary Master of Public Affairs Program, with the possibility for motivated students to earn both an undergraduate and graduate degree at Merrimack in as little as five years. We also have many graduates go on to pursue law school or graduate school in a range of fields at other colleges and universities around the region, country, and world.

Pursue a Wide Range of Careers

Our goal is for you to truly understand the discipline, develop your academic skills and think critically about the world around you. We prepare you to become a thoughtful member of society and to pursue a wide range of careers in law, political science, international relations, public administration, communications and more.  Our graduates work for local, state, and federal governments, non-profits, political campaigns, and advocacy organizations, and hold a range of positions in the corporate world and in the field of law. 

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Why Merrimack?

  • Gain skills outside the classroom when you debate constitutional issues against national teams in Moot Court or explore a public service internship.
  • Get a front-row seat to the American political and legislative scene in our Washington Semester Program or study abroad for a semester.
  • Pursue grad school - our students have gone on to study at University of Virginia Law, Notre Dame Law, University of Southern California and Georgetown University, to name just a few.