Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Undergraduate Minor
Rindge, New Hampshire
As a Political Science major at Franklin Pierce, you’ll build skills, connections and experience for a career in law, government, politics, education or business. You’ll study American politics and law, global security and diplomacy, and the political processes of foreign nations.Apply to This Program Now
What Makes Our Political Science Program Different?
Our connections to the political scene have always been strong, and our nationally recognized Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communications provides opportunities for students to dive in to the campaign for the Oval Office that begins in this first-in-the-nation primary state.
You can gain valuable experience through opportunities at Franklin Pierce to:
- Get involved in Student Government Association, and run for office
- Become a Peer Leader or member of the Judicial Board Canvass for local, state and national candidates
- Work with Boston Herald pollsters and journalists through Pierce Media Group
- Participate in Pi Sigma Alpha, the Political Science Honor Society
- Students can apply for the Washington Center Internship Program in Washington, D.C. Recent internship placements include the White House, U.S. Department of State and Federal Bureau of Investigation.
What Can I Do With a Political Science Degree?
Our graduates are prepared for a J.D., Master’s or Ph.D. level program in the fields of law, public policy, political management, public administration, international relations, or homeland security.
With your degree, you can pursue jobs or further education for careers as diverse as:
- Campaign Manager
- FBI Agent
- Human Rights Advocate
- Intelligence Analyst
- Legislative Aide
- News Analyst/Reporter
- Police Officer
- Policy Analyst
Where Can I Work With a Political Science Degree?
Franklin Pierce graduates have gone on to enjoy careers and internships with such companies as:
- U.S. Supreme Court
- Federal Bureau of Investigation
- The Democratic Party
- Office of the Attorney General, Massachusetts
- Freedom House
- U.S. Senate and House of Representatives
- The White House
- U.S. Department of State
What do Political Science Students Learn?
You will learn core concepts in political science and develop critical thinking skills, as you identify key questions, gather information and analyze arguments to participate as an engaged citizen in public life or government.
A major is offered in Political Science. A minor is offered in Intelligence and Security Studies.
- PO110 Political Violence OR PO111 Politics and Popular Culture
- PO200 Political Science Research Methods
- PO201 U.S. Government
- PO205 International Relations
- PO206 Comparative Politics
- PA210 Political Theory
- HS2__ History Survey: Any HS200-level, except HS210
- PO321 Constitutional Law/Moot Court
- PO322 Campaigns, Elections, and the Policy Process
- PO330 Global Security and Diplomacy
- PO331 Prosperity and Freedom in the World
- PO410 Senior Seminar
Who should Study Political Science?
You’ll find this major a good fit if you have or want to develop:
- Interest in world affairs, government and contemporary politics
- Passion for public service
- Self-confidence and leadership abilities
- Ability to relate to people from diverse backgrounds
- Strong research, writing, and data analysis skills