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Political Science

Under the guidance of faculty who are accomplished scholars in their field but committed to teaching and mentoring as their first priority, Holy Cross students who major in political science gain in-depth understanding of the American political system, other political regimes, the international system, and political philosophy (the study of the pursuit of justice and the relation between politics and human nature). In uniformly small classes, students also improve their critical and analytical skills and competence in oral and written expression.

Political science is one of Holy Cross’ most popular majors. The major is rigorously structured so as to ensure breadth as well as depth, with courses required in each of the discipline’s four subfields. While some of our graduates go on to careers in government and academics, department faculty conceive the most fundamental purpose of the major as helping students to become thoughtful, well-informed, and ethical citizens of a constitutional, self-governing republic. Other fields in which graduates who major in the subject have gone on to successful careers include law, journalism, business, high-school teaching, nonprofit organizations, the armed forces, and the priesthood. Added opportunities for study are provided through the Charles Carroll program, the College’s D.C. semester, other internships, and study abroad. 

Program Highlights

Students majoring in political science take courses in four main areas:
  • American government
  • political philosophy
  • comparative politics
  • international relations
Many majors participate in the Washington Semester Program; the department’s Charles Carroll Program enriches the political science curriculum by inviting prominent speakers to campus to address issue of national concern, funding post-doctoral fellowships, and sponsoring a sophomore seminar. 

Political Science News

Holy Cross Academic Conference 2017 to Showcase Student Work

Apr 21, 2017

As the academic year nears its end, more than 350 students will present the results of their independent work in the performing and visual arts, social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences at the 2017 Academic Conference, taking place across campus …

Curiosity in Cuba

Apr 20, 2017

When Tyler Ambrose ’17 enrolled at Holy Cross as a first-year student, he was torn between interests in economics, political science, music and Spanish. While he ultimately chose to major in political science, he found an opportunity to embrace all …


Apr 24
Carroll Program Speaker
04:30 PM
Smith Laboratories 155