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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 issues of national concern, funding post-doctoral fellowships, and sponsoring a sophomore seminar. 

Political Science News

Students Bring Basketball, Mentorship to Juvenile Detention Center

Jan 16, 2018

The “John Carroll Ballers” is an innovative social justice project started at John Carroll University, a Jesuit university in a suburb of Cleveland. Last spring, Riley Benner ’20, a political science major and philosophy minor from Rochester, N.Y., brought the …


Feb 21
In Pursuit of Brown Women: Creating our Tribe
04:30 PM
Carol and Park B. Smith Hall Rehm Lib
Mar 01
Rhet/Comp Lecture: Jamie Landau
04:00 PM
Edith Stein Hall 133
Mar 15
Puerto Rico's Status in the U.S. Constitution and Puerto Rican Citizenship
04:30 PM
Dinand Library Levis Browsing Room