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Political Science (B.A.)

Undergraduate
  • Major
  • Minor

About this Program

A major in political science prepares students for a wide variety of careers in the public or private sectors, such as law; public administration at local, state or federal levels; or community advocacy. Combined with study in related disciplines, the political science major is a strong liberal arts program. It also is suitable for a double major combined with business administration, economics, history or a similar discipline.

Program Overview

The political science courses cover four areas in the discipline:

  • U.S. politics and policy
  • Comparative politics and international relations
  • Law
  • Political theory

Students are encouraged to take courses in each of these concentrations. Students who plan to do graduate work in political science or public administration should take courses at the 300 and 400 level in as many of these concentrations as possible. In addition, they are encouraged to take statistics and economics in preparation for graduate study. Students interested in careers in public service or international relations are strongly encouraged to develop proficiency in at least one foreign language. Those who plan to enter law school should work closely with the College’s pre-law advisers and should also take courses in economics and logic to improve their research and writing skills.

Internships are recommended and are available at local, state and federal levels. Because of Hood’s location near Washington, D.C., and within reach of the state capital, students have an unparalleled opportunity to observe firsthand the workings of government. Hood cooperates with the Washington Semester Program at American University. The department also provides students with a number of opportunities to participate in simulations of political processes, including simulations of the  Maryland state legislature and the United Nations. Political science faculty serve as advisers for these activities.

The political science major provides students with an introduction to decision making at various levels of government, an understanding of public policy formation, and of the correlation between political and economic problems. It also provides experience in research,  exposure to the practical world of politics, and an appreciation of the need for good writing skills.

Program Contact

Tamelyn

Professor of Political Science, Department Chair

Phone
301-696-3686
Paige Eager

Coordinator, Political Science Minor

Phone
301-696-3699

Degrees Offered

  • BA
  • Minor

Department Offering

Program Social Media

Experiential Learning

Maryland Student Legislature

The award-winning Hood College delegation of the Maryland Student Legislature meets with college students from across the state of Maryland to participate in legislative simulations. Students write and debate legislation while learning about the policy-making process. Student may choose to earn academic credit for their participation. 

Model United Nations

Model United Nations is a student club with a one credit course offered on a as-needed basis. Students attend at least one conference a year where they represent a member state of the actual United Nations on a variety of committees. During the conference, students will debate using rules of procedure, write draft resolution with other delegates, lobby to gain support for draft resolutions, and vote. 

Our location...

is uniquely central to Downtown Frederick, Washington, D.C. and Baltimore and countless internship and research opportunities.

All Faculty
Paige Eager

Paige Eager

  • Professor of Political Science
  • Director, Center for Global Studies
  • Program Director, Global Studies Major
Janis Judson

Janis Judson

  • Professor of Political Science
  • Professor of Law & Criminal Justice
  • Law & Criminal Justice Department Chair
Tamelyn Tucker-Worgs

Tamelyn Tucker-Worgs

  • Associate Professor of Political Science
  • Department Chair
  • Associate Professor of African American Studies

Hoda Zaki

  • Virginia E. Lewis Professor of Political Science
  • Director of African American Studies
  • Coordinator of the Nonprofit and Civic Engagement Studies minor