History and Political Science Department
Political Science is a preparatory program for those with aspirations of assuming leadership positions in the legal profession, politics, or community activism. The curriculum offers unique perspectives on problems of political violence, terrorism, genocide, and human rights abuses, and provides experiential learning opportunities to grapple with these problems in real-world contexts.
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Program Location

Available Majors

  • Political Science

Available Minors

  • Political Science

Additional Study Options

What Makes Our Program Unique

Our program also explores the special relationships of women to law and government—as lawmakers, leaders, and policymakers.

Four-Year Plan

Sample program of study for the political science major. Students should select courses with the assistance of a faculty advisor.

Fall Spring
First Year
NDMU-100 Perspectives in Education 4 POL-202 American Government in Comparative Perspective 3
POL-101 Introduction to Politics 3 Natural Science 4
Foreign Language 3 Philosophy or Religious Studies (200) 3
ENG-101 College Writing 3 General Education/Electives 6
History 3 [16 credits]  
[15 credits]      
Second Year
POL-103 Introduction to International Affairs 3 Philosophy or Religious Studies (300) 3
ECO-211 Macroeconomics 3 COM-106 Fundamentals of Oral Comm 3
Philosophy or Religious Studies (200) 3 Fine Arts 3
MAT-215 Basic Statistics 3 General Education/Electives 6
English Literature 3 [15 credits]  
[15 credits]      
Third Year
POL-361 Methods in Research 3 POL-312 Legal Reasoning 3
POL-430 International Organizations 3 HIS-330 European Foreign Relations 3
Philosophy or Religious Studies Values 3 POL-319 or 412 3
Physical Education 1 General Education/Electives 6
General Education/Electives 6 [15 credits]  
[16 credits]      
Fourth Year
HIS-404 U.S. Foreign Relations 3 POL-401 Political & Economic Globalization 3
General Education/Electives 12 POL-217 Civic Participation & Leadership 3
[15 credits]   POL-456 Senior Seminar 3
    General Education/Electives 6
    [15 credits]  

What to Expect Studying at Notre Dame of Maryland University

Small class sizes and personal attention provide a climate for individualized learning while custom electives, internships, and study abroad opportunities allow you to focus the major to your own interests and goals.

Rochelle Thompson

Rochelle Thompson

Exemplary Student Leadership

Student, NDMU Class of 2022
English, Political Science
An outstanding Notre Dame of Maryland University student leader was recognized for her community involvement with the prestigious Newman Civic Fellowship by Campus Compact, a national coalition of colleges and universities working to advance the public purposes of higher education. “It is a great honor to be a part of so many communities and use my voice to promote change on a local and national level while advocating for those whose voices are silenced or ignored,” said Thompson. "My commitment to leadership is demonstrated through my acts of service, love, and compassion."

Research Opportunities

One of the hallmarks of our rich educational environment is the opportunity to participate in research in your field of interest.

Nancy Kreiter Student Research Day provides the perfect forum to showcase your hard work with a formal research presentation to the Notre Dame community.

Additional Opportunities

Our students have conducted research at a variety of institutions, including:

  • Local and State Government Agencies
  • Local, National, and International Non-Governmental Organizations
  • United Nations
  • Police and Law Enforcement Agencies
  • Supreme Court
  • National Security Agency
  • State Department

Political Science Careers

  • Law
  • Public Service
  • International Affairs
    • Global Advocacy
    • Humanitarian Assistance
    • National Security
    • Diplomacy
  • Non-Profit Sector
    • Foundations
    • Think Tanks
    • Non-Governmental Organizations  
  • Journalism
  • Academic Research
  • Teaching

Internships & Employment

Gaining experience through an internship is highly encouraged. Our faculty will work with you to find an appropriate placement.

Our graduates are employed at organizations such as:

Study Abroad

Notre Dame offers extensive opportunities to enrich your education and gain a global perspective through a study abroad experience.

Learn More about Study Abroad

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