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Undergraduate Programs

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As a political science major, you will examine the making of both conflict and consensus, learn what the stakes are, explain why some groups gain access to the debate while others are left out, and how society as a whole is affected by political action and inaction.

You will have multiple opportunities to apply what you learn through internships and student activities such as Model United Nations, Mock Trial competitions, travel study in Washington, D.C., and more. If you excel in academics, you might consider applying to our Honors Program to conduct independent research with a faculty member.

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Major or Minor in Political Science

Along with research methods and political theory, you’ll sharpen your analytical and research skills by specializing in one of three political science subfields: American politics and public policy, comparative politics, or international relations.

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Popular Interdisciplinary Concentrations

Gender, Race, and Area Studies

The Center for Gender, Race, and Area Studies offers programs in Africana studies, Asian studies, comparative race and ethnic studies, Holocaust and genocide studies, Latin American and Latinx studies, peace studies, and women’s and gender studies.

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Ethics and Public Policy

A concentration in ethics and public policy allows you to explore how decision-makers might develop policies that are based on sound moral principles and address the needs of all stakeholders.

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Law and Society

Through a concentration in law and society, examine legal institutions and legal actors such as lawyers and judges; explore and analyze legal arguments; and hone your oral advocacy skills.

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Undergraduate Research

Political science majors are encouraged to conduct research through independent study under the supervision of a faculty member, an internship, or a study abroad experience. Eligible students also may choose to apply to the department’s Honors Program, which expands research and writing skills through an in-depth, systematic analysis of a topic that interests you.

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Careers and Internships

The political science major prepares students for internships and careers in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors, including positions in government (local, state, and national), international and community organizations, and in business, journalism, and education.

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Study in Washington or Abroad

Explore Clark’s Study Abroad and Away Program, which offers semester, yearlong, and summer opportunities to gain world and workplace experience to complement your on-campus work. Students also may spend a semester in Washington, D.C., at either American University or the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars.

Contact Information

Department of Political Science

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  • Jefferson Academic Center, Third floor, Room 302
    950 Main Street
    Worcester, MA 01610

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