Political Science

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Delve into the fascinating relationship between people and government. War and peace. Cultural values and public opinion.

The governmental and political systems of the world are informed by much more than just present day politics. Our students are challenged to understand, research and critically assess the intricate relationships between people, cultures, history, domestic governmental and political systems, and the international arena.

The Political Science Department offers students the opportunity to integrate theory and classroom learning with practice, through such experiences as international travel, summer institutes, internships, classroom simulations and participation in Model UN. Our graduates have a profound impact both domestically and internationally, and are involved in a range of issues and movements, such as human rights both at home and abroad, political reform, legal reform and public policy advocacy.


Emmanuel’s political science department allows students to study the complex relationships between people and their domestic governments and political systems broadly or to focus their studies on one of two concentrations: American politics + government or international relations + comparative politics. Or students can add a political science minor to gain an overview of topics such as peace and war, public and international policy, leadership, the media and more.

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  • Political Science

    Understand, research and assess the intricate relationships between peoples and their governmental and political systems, nationally and internationally.

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Faculty research, publish and present in their field and often collaborate side-by-side with students to help them explore their disciplines in greater depth, building on knowledge gained in the classroom and offering a unique hands-on, real-world experience. At Emmanuel, there’s an energy on campus that brings people and ideas together - in the classroom, across campus, throughout Boston and beyond.

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Department Highlights

Small classes, big advantages

Emmanuel's Political Science faculty boast expertise in a wide range of topics including international relations, law, public policy, U.S. political parties and institutions, electoral politics and democracy, and their continued scholarship constantly informs and inspires the curriculum.

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Equipped with a well-rounded liberal arts and sciences education and real-world experience within their disciplines, Emmanuel graduates go on to make their mark at companies and organizations locally, nationally and internationally. Many students also choose to continue their education at the master’s or doctorate level. Check out where some of our recent graduates are thriving!

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Class of 2015: Where We Work

Position Company Major
Brokerage Agent Expeditors Political Science
General Manager of Sales and Marketing San Diego Car Rental Global Studies
Legal Assistant Liberty Mutual Political Science
Project Coordinator Mass Insight Global Partnerships Political Science
Research Assistant BUILD Political Science
Teacher Geovisions Global Studies

Class of 2015: Where We Attend Grad School

Degree Institution Major
J.D. Indiana University Political Science
J.D. New England Law School Political Science
J.D. Suffolk University School of Law Political Science
J.D. University of Missouri - Kansas City Political Science


Whether you are a current Emmanuel student or a prospective student exploring Emmanuel for the first time, we can help you determine what’s next. Schedule a meeting with your Academic Advisor, connect with the Career Center or the Office of International Programs to explore internship or study abroad options, or contact the Office of Admissions to set up a campus tour.

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