Political Science Degree Information

Gain Skills and Experience for Careers in Law, Government, Politics, Education, and Business

Our connections to the political scene have always been strong, dating back to naming the university after the 14th President of the United States. Franklin Pierce has had university presidents that were New Hampshire governor and White House Chief of Staff.  By beginning your story in Rindge, you will experience, close up, the campaign for the Oval Office that begins in New Hampshire, home to the first-in-the-nation presidential primary.

Study American politics and law, global security and diplomacy, and the political processes of foreign nations. Through the Franklin Pierce/Boston Herald partnership, work with a professional pollster and provide election coverage for the Boston Herald. Develop the background, skills, and connections you need to succeed in law, government, politics, education and business, just as our graduates have done.

A major is offered in Political Science. A minor is offered in Intelligence and Security Studies.

Pi Sigma Alpha

You have the opportunity to join Franklin Pierce's chapter of the National Political Science Honor Society if you meet the national requirements for induction.

Student Government Association

Join this association that is dedicated to the vision of being the voice of change for the Franklin Pierce community. It is comprised of class officers, class senators, club senators and executive board officers, that meet weekly to discuss topics of community interests and concerns. 

Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communication

The Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communication attracts leaders of national prominence to campus where students have opportunities to engage them in dialog and public policy discussions.

Make Our Nation's Capital Your ClassroomExpand your education through an internship with the Washington Center in Washington, D.C. This internship program will engage you in meaningful coursework and programming, while expanding your professional network.
  • Talesha Saint-Marc ’06 was recently named one of the New Hampshire Union Leader’s “40 Under Forty.”  While at Franklin Pierce, Saint-Marc participated in everything from peer advising to student government. As a political science major, she developed a strong connection with Professor Frank Cohen who inspired her with his passion. She remembers what it felt like to attend a rural campus, away from the familiar culture of home. “I went to high school in NH, but for some of the other minority students coming from more urban environments, it was a more of a culture-shock. The college made strong efforts to help students learn about differences and promote issues of interest to minority students.”



  • Sean Doyle '09

    "Attending Franklin Pierce afforded me the opportunity to not only get an education, but also allowed me to become involved in New Hampshire politics. Working on campaigns, leading the College Democrats, and participating in the Fitzwater Center programs helped me determine the career I wanted to pursue.”

    Sean Doyle '09

    Executive Director, New Hampshire Democratic Party 

Sample Career Opportunities
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


Our dedicated faculty are at the heart of providing academic instruction and a Pierce education. Learn more about our knowledgeable faculty and their areas of study.

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Want to Know More?

Download the Political Science Program SheetDownload 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.

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