Political Science

A major is offered in Political Science.

The Franklin Pierce Difference

Student preparing for New Hampshire Primary
Franklin Pierce University's location in New Hampshire gives students a front row seat
to the dynamics of presidential politics.

The Political Science Major focuses on the theory and substance of the political phenomena that pervade contemporary society. The Political Science curriculum at Franklin Pierce University offers students unique opportunities to combine rigorous theoretical classroom training with applied internship experiences in ways that make the major both challenging and rewarding.

Franklin Pierce University's location in New Hampshire gives students a front row seat to presidential and regional politics. The Marlin Fitzwater Center on campus allows political science students to collaborate with faculty and students from other majors to participate in events, journalism, polling and other elements of democracy, politics and the media.

Students can explore the following areas of study at Franklin Pierce:

  • American Politics
  • Public and Foreign Policy
  • Constitutional Law
  • International Relations
  • Comparative Political Systems
  • Political Philosophy

Coursework provides students with skills that enable them to pursue a variety of careers including, but not limited to, government service, law, international business, nonprofit organizations, education, journalism, and higher degrees in political science. Students are also introduced to policy analysis, both in the domestic and international sphere.

Course Details

The Political Science curriculum is interdisciplinary and brings together courses from Political Science, History, Sociology, Anthropology, Economics, and Management. Core courses cover such topics as research methods in politics, U.S. government, comparative politics and contemporary world affairs. Flexibility in choice of electives
allows students to focus on an area of interest that will prepare them for a specific career or further study at the graduate level.

Franklin Pierce University gave me the opportunity to pursue my political interests and experience a front-row seat to some of the most exciting political dynamics in American history. I'm not sure that a larger school could have provided such access to presidential candidates and the chance to immediately apply my classroom learning to political practice.

— -Zachery Weight 07, Yokosuka, Japan

Want to know more?

Program Sheet ThumbnailDownload a Political Science program sheet to view on screen or print, or view the College at Rindge Academic Catalog for specific degree requirements and course information.


Franklin Pierce University
College at Rindge
(800) 437-0048



Robin Marra
Professor of Political Science
B.S., St. Lawrence University
M.A., Ph.D., Michigan State University


Frank Cohen
Associate Professor of Political Science
B.S., Bradley University
Ph.D., State University of New York at Binghamton

Get to Know Us


Student Success

  • During the 2008 Presidential Campaign, students participated in the Franklin Pierce / WBZ-TV poll, which was frequently cited by regional and national media. 
  • Political Science students have completed high-profile internships in Washington D.C. including positions with the Department of Homeland Security conducting research for Iraq's reconstruction.