Political Science

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Political science is the study of governmental institutions, political processes, and political behavior. It encompasses the following subfield areas: American politics, comparative politics, international studies, law and politics, and political theory.

Highlights of the Hopkins Program

The undergraduate program offers a broad range of courses about politics and government at local, state, national, and international levels. Courses are also taught by adjunct and visiting professors. In addition to taking courses, students can do independent research under the guidance of individual faculty members. A wide variety of courses in comparative and international politics are also given at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), a branch of Johns Hopkins University located in Washington, DC. Exchange programs with universities in Europe and China are in place or under development. Studying in Baltimore provides an opportunity to understand today's political and public policy challenges, and the university's location so close to Washington, D.C. offers a wide variety of internship possibilities for interested students. Some students also participate in the Aitchison Public Service Undergraduate Fellowship program at the Johns Hopkins Washington Center.


Sample First Semester Schedule
  • Any 100 or 200 level political science course
  • Related courses in history, history of art, history of science, philosophy, psychology, sociology, anthropology or economics
  • Consider an elective N, Q, or E course to begin distribution requirements
  • Elective H course
  • Elective course
  • Total 12-17 credits

Career Exploration

Skill Set

The “real world” skills you’ll develop with a major in Political Science:

  • Describing and evaluating issues/problems/events
  • Speaking effectively and persuasively
  • Comparing and compiling research reports
  • Focuses on the structure and function of government and the necessity for human social order

Career Center

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