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As a political science major at Marietta, you will take courses in wide-ranging fields such as American politics, public policy, international politics and political theory. You’ll learn to evaluate the controversial issues of political life and relate them to ethical decisions.

Along the way, you'll apply what you're learning through internships, study abroad and/or our Washington Semester program. What better place to study American politics and government than the nation’s capital? You’ll meet leaders in government and the private sector as you tailor your time in D.C. with internships and individual research projects.

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The Political Science Major

At Marietta College

Marietta College’s Political Science program educates students on how to look at politics from a broader context than what is shown in the media. In addition to studying the U.S. political system and its history, majors learn social science methods and apply those methods in an original piece of political research. That research can be presented at regional, state, and national conferences, and on campus each spring during All Scholars Day. With a 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio, professors forge close relationships with students and help them connect what they learn in the classroom with research and experiential learning opportunities. The talented faculty in this department help students hone their critical thinking skills — which is key to understanding national and global political issues as they relate to making ethical decisions. 

Political Science majors complete internships, study abroad, or participate in the Washington Semester, which is a live/work/study program through American University in Washington, D.C. Marietta College also offers numerous co-curricular opportunities for students to be involved in local, state, and national politics. Marietta students have also participated in Model United Nations, interned with the U.S. State Department in China, and studied with State Department officials. Our program’s blend of theory and practice will prepare you for law school, graduate studies in public policy, or careers in business, government, or education.

At Pizza and Politics, an informal discussion series, faculty with expertise on current events answer student questions and lead informal discussions about current topics, such as European attitudes on U.S. foreign policy and the State of the Union Address.

Alumni have enjoyed success in a variety of career paths, as well as in graduate and law school.

Earning a Degree in Political Science

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