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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

Academic Conference Goes Virtual in Response to Pandemic

May 6, 2020

As faculty members across the College worked to transition their courses to a distance-learning format this semester, one of the many logistical challenges to tackle was the annual Academic Conference, where students present the results of their independent work in …