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Political Science (B.A.)

  • Major
  • Minor

About this Program

Our program prepares you for a wide variety of careers in the public or private sectors such as law, public administration, community advocacy and more.

Program Overview

With a foundation in the liberal arts, political science is a truly interdisciplinary program. It is suitable for a double major combined with business administration, economics, history or a similar discipline.

The political science courses cover four areas in the discipline:

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

The political science major provides students with an introduction to decision making at various levels of government. You will learn to understand how public policy is formed as well as the correlation between political and economic problems. You will gain experience in research, exposure to the practical world of politics and strong communication 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.

Degrees Offered

  • BA
  • Minor

Department Offering

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Get involved in extracurricular activities like the Model UN Club or the Public Leadership Education Network.


Our students have interned with Amnesty International, Center for Democracy, Maryland General Assembly and other local, regional and national organizations.

Career Outlook

View occupational trends for political scientists through the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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. 

Program Contact


Professor of Political Science, Department Chair

Paige Eager

Coordinator, Political Science Minor


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
  • Dean of the Faculty
  • 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
  • Chair, Department of Political Science
  • Associate Professor of African American Studies
  • Virginia E. Lewis Professor of Political Science
Hood political science students

“Everything is Political”

Hood Students Want You to Get Out and Vote Undergraduate Student

Political science students are engaging with local politics on and off campus.

  • Academics
  • Experiential Learning
  • Student Engagement
  • Law & Political Sciences
  • Community Involvement