Political Science and Public Policy

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