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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
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Learn more about the political science department’s four subfields.
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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

SGA Co-Presidents Noah Sisk '21 and Victoria Tara '21 on campus in early 2020.

SGA Co-Presidents Reflect on a Year Unlike Any Other

Mar 6, 2021

Noah Sisk ’21 and Victoria Tara ’21 campaigned successfully for co-presidents of the Student Government Association (SGA) with the slogan, “Let’s get real.” Fresh off a semester in Washington, DC, through Holy Cross’ Semester Away Program, the pair used the …

Holy Cross’ Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi Earns National Award

Feb 15, 2021

Omicron Epsilon, Holy Cross’ Chapter of the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society Sigma Delta Pi, has been named an “Honor Chapter” for its outstanding activities in 2019-20, an award that was bestowed to only 11 out of 627 chapters nationwide. …