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Political Science

Political Science: Major

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. 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. 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. Political science majors have gone on to successful careers in local, state, and federal government, academia,  law, journalism, business, high-school teaching, nonprofit organizations, the armed forces, and the priesthood. 

Program Highlights

Students majoring in political science take courses in four main areas: 
  • American government
  • political philosophy
  • comparative politics
  • international relations
students and a professor in a class
Learn more about the political science department’s four subfields.
students in a classroom with a powerpoint
The program brings guest lecturers to campus, funds a sophomore seminar and provides paid summer research internships.
Group of students in Washington DC
Many political science majors spend a semester working, studying, and conducting research in Washington, D.C.

Political Science News

Mary Ellen Curran '86, stands in front of wrestling posters

Holy Cross Alumna Leads Nonstop Philanthropy From an Unexpected Source

Oct 16, 2019

Mention billion-dollar international powerhouse World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and the thoughts of many automatically land on its colorful characters and eye-popping feats of athleticism. But Mary Ellen Curran ’86 says there’s another story to tell. As the company’s senior vice …

Events

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Oct 28
Latin American Peace Activist Pietro Ameglio on Civil Disobedience as a Moral Weapon
04:00 PM
SMITH Rehm Lib