As a political science major, you will gain the knowledge and skills to engage in the complex realm of national and international politics.

What courses will you take?

Student in the UMass Lowell political science program holds a binder

At UMass Lowell, we offer five concentrations, which lead to a wide range of career opportunities.

  • American Politics
  • International Relations and Comparative Politics
  • Law & Politics
  • Political Communication and Public Opinion
  • Sustainability and Environmental Politics

The B.A. in Political Science begins with an introductory course in American government, comparative politics or international relations, and two courses on the methods and skills of the discipline.

In addition to these basic courses, we offer courses that examine elections, political communication, constitutional politics, race and ethnicity, state and local politics, the politics of sports, political psychology, and much more. 

You can also take a variety of courses that cover international politics, such as the politics of development, international organizations and human rights, national security, Islam and politics, global environmental policy, Asian politics, Latin American politics and the war on drugs. 

In the final year, you will complete a practical experience in local government, law, or a service organization.

Visit the Academic Catalog for a complete course listing and to learn about the Political Science minor.

  • Degree Pathways are a semester-by-semester sequence of courses recommended for successful completion of a degree, diploma, credential or certificate from the university. The most current degree pathways are:

    Visit the Academic Catalog for all degree pathways, including those from prior enrollment years.
  • Students who graduate with a degree in Political Science will be able to:

    • Understand and utilize qualitative and quantitative political science research methods; demonstrate a grasp of basic statistical concepts and their application to research.
    • Demonstrate a broad knowledge of the theories and functions the state; and of the nature, problems and development of politics, government, public policy and law at all levels.
    • Demonstrate a basis in knowledge and critical thinking skill that prepare students for intelligent citizenship and civic participation.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of the politics of other nations and of the international community in an increasingly globalized world.
    • As Politics is a practice as well as an area of academic study, demonstrate the ability to critically analyze and compare academic course portrayal of political activity with an actual experience of such activity.
    • Demonstrate the ability to produce a significant research paper reflecting acquired writing, research and critical analysis skills.

Why study political science at UMass Lowell?

UMass Lowell political science student stands next to Joseph Kennedy III

Fun Outside the Classroom

Put your learning into practice. Check out some of the fun ways UML students come together.

UMass Lowell political science students in the United Nations group stand outside a gate in Belgium

International Experience

Expand your horizons through international study and travel, aided by our political science faculty with expertise in: 

  • Europe
  • The Middle East
  • Southeast Asia
  • Latin America
UMass Lowell political science student participates as a panelist in a debate among the Democratic primary candidates for Niki Tsongas’ seat in Congress

Experiential Learning

Build practical skills and knowledge through: 

  • Model United Nations 
  • Mock Trial Team 
  • Washington Center 
Student in the UMass Lowell political science program

Bachelor’s-to-Master's Program

Get on the fast track to an advanced degree with our Bachelor's-to-Master's program.

  • Available to juniors and seniors with a grade point average of 3.0 or better
  • Offers a continuous, coordinated sequence of courses
  • Reduced credit-hour requirements can save you time and money

What can you do with a degree in political science?

A degree in Political Science from UMass Lowell gives you the opportunity to make a difference.

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Political science majors go on to work in:

  • Public service
  • Polling organizations
  • Political campaigns
  • Local, state, and federal government
  • Administration
  • Marketing and communications
  • Editing, writing, and journalism
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Legal services, law and law enforcement
  • Teaching
  • Armed Forces and Intelligence Agencies
  • Graduate school in diverse fields
  • Law school

Meet Our Students and Alumni

David Todisco, center, with Hilary Clinton on the left and Senator Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire on the right
David Todisco '18
Political Science

David Todisco says his political science classes, internships and experiences through UML's partnership with The Washington Center are helping him forge a political career.

The Political Science Department here is phenomenal. The faculty all have so much experience they bring to the table.
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SGA President Lisa Degou and student Trustee Lindy Reed chat with Chancellor Jacquie Moloney at their monthly lunch.
Lisa Degou '18
Political Science & Mathematics

As Student Government Association president, Lisa Degou meets with Chancellor Moloney every month to negotiate for student interests.

I fell in love with all the opportunities and the diversity here.
Read More About Lisa Degou 
UMass Lowell students and Model U.N. members Alejandro Lopez and Ryan Dekeon, pictured in suits sitting in the Pulichino Tong Building in orange chairs looking at the camera
Alejandro Lopez '18
Economics

The Model U.N. program and a semester interning and learning in Washington, D.C., helped Alejandro Lopez put economic and political theory into practice - and paved the way for a successful career.

The chance to travel and experience a new country each year with the Model U.N. team has given me a college experience I never could have imagined.
Read More About Alejandro Lopez 
Maxwell Aaronson shakes a man's hand while volunteering with the nonprofit Human Connection in Nayarit in Mexico
Maxwell Aaronson '21
Political Science

Maxwell Aaronson is pursuing international experiences and languages, with the goal of working in the Foreign Service.

I’ve developed this real passion for learning languages and learning about other cultures.
Read More About Maxwell Aaronson 
Lauren Young with a group of people at poll-signing holding a banner and signs for Alexandra Chandler, who is competing in the Democratic primary for Massachusetts’ 3rd Congressional District
Lauren Young '04
Political Science

Lauren Young is a political strategist who helps Democrats get elected – including U.S. Sen. Doug Jones, who defeated Roy Moore by a razor-thin margin in an Alabama special election.

I am motivated to get the best people in office that can do the most good for our country while they are there.
Read More About Lauren Young 
Political Science Alumna Sheila Angelo working behind camera
Sheila Angelo '15
Political Science

Sheila Angelo’s internships for U.S. Reps. Niki Tsongas and Jim McGovern helped her win jobs doing advance event planning and media relations for Bernie Sanders and President Obama.

I can’t believe all the opportunities I’ve had just a year out of college. Every day, there’s something new and exciting for me to do.
Read More About Sheila Angelo 
Tyler Davis with Chancellor Jacquie Moloney at Commencement Eve 2019
Tyler Davis '19
Political Science

For Tyler Davis, a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force, the dream of being a pilot came true at UMass Lowell through Air Force ROTC Detachment 345.

This place truly made me a better man. The faculty are amazing; they see their job as a calling, a mission.
Read More About Tyler Davis 
Shaila Bornstein on stage at Durgin Hall as one of the two student panelists for debates among the Democratic primary candidates for Niki Tsongas’ seat in Congress
Shaila Bornstein '19
Criminal Justice, Political Science

A semester in Washington, D.C., interning with a nonprofit that trains women to run for political office galvanized Shaila Bornstein. As soon as she finishes at UML, she plans to return to Washington to gain political experience so she can run for president.

The opportunities I’ve already gotten here are above and beyond what I could have gotten anywhere else.
Read More About Shaila Bornstein 
Sophan Smith chats with people at an EforAll event
Sophan Smith '02
Political Science

After a successful recruiting and development career that has spanned the nonprofit, corporate and higher education worlds, political science alumna Sophan Smith ’02 has come full circle as the new executive director for EforAll Lowell, the nonprofit small business accelerator started at UMass Lowell.

One of the things I appreciated about being at UMass Lowell was the diversity.
Read More About Sophan Smith 
Andrew Sciascia participated in a debate held at UMass Lowell
Andrew Sciascia '20
Political Science & Criminal Justice

Andrew Sciascia’s studies in political science and homeland security are combining with his student newspaper experience to prepare him for a career as a political analyst.

We all come to this university with a different story, and we are welcomed with open arms.
Read More About Andrew Sciascia 
Julie Lawton admires a mural in Coburn Hall
Julie Lawton '21
Political Science

Joining a club as soon as she arrived on campus got Julie Lawton experience on two political campaigns as well as internships in the Boston mayor’s office and the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus – all within a year.

I think it’s cool that I can connect my classes with what I learned in my internship.
Read More About Julie Lawton 
UMass Lowell student Zayna Basma sits amongst a row of other students
Zayna Basma '18
Political Science, Arabic & Spanish

Zayna Basma volunteered at a center that helps Burmese refugees - and became fascinated by refugee policy and research.

Every professor in political science has their own passion they bring to the classroom.
Read More About Zayna Basma 
Neyder Fernandez and Joe Kennedy
Neyder Fernandez '23
Political Science

First-gen student Neyder Fernandez is president of the Student Government Association.

My parents would say, ‘You can do anything that you want to, and we have your back.’
Read More About Neyder Fernandez 
Hannah Daly talks with Asst. Prof. of Philosophy Nick Evans
Hannah Daly '18
Political Science

Hannah Daly researched the opioid crisis with one professor and the alt-right with another. She’s already published the results of a public opinion survey she helped design, and now she wants to use her research skills to influence public policy on behalf of women.

I really love the Political Science Department at UMass Lowell. The professors really want you to succeed.
Read More About Hannah Daly 
Shirley Adubofour
Shirley Adubofour '23
Political Science

Shirley Adubofour is putting her studies in political science and race and ethnic studies into practice as a student representative on UML’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force.

I wanted to do anything possible to make sure that our voices are heard.
Read More About Shirley Adubofour 
Daphne Shakira Naut posing on a mountain during study abroad with views of rocky, snowy mountains in the background
Daphne Shakira Naut '20
Political Science & Philosophy

Honors College student Daphne Shakira Naut was already fluent in two languages and had started on two more by the time she finished high school. Here at UML, she’s picked up a fifth language and studied abroad three times – all while supporting herself.

Languages are like M&Ms. You just keep adding more.
Read More About Daphne Shakira Naut 
UMass Lowell student Denia Taylor sitting at a table at University Crossing with her daughter
Denia Taylor '18
Political Science

Honors student Denia Taylor has overcome many challenges in order to pursue a degree in political science. She plans to take up a career that allows her to combine legal training and philosophy.

Coming into UMass Lowell, I had that mindset that I was going to work really hard and do as much as I could to learn as much as I could.
Read More About Denia Taylor 
Hannah Casey (far left) with the Taltys and her boyfriend (far right), who's the student trustee and also on Mock Trial.
Hannah Casey '21
Political Science

Hannah Casey signed up for the Model U.N. and Mock Trial teams and student government. She interned with a congressional candidate and a defense attorney. Now she’s student body president.

The verdict was ‘Not guilty.’ That was when I fell in love with criminal law.
Read More About Hannah Casey 
Jessica Kergo and others pose with a giant check for $5,000 for the Lowell Community Health Center via the Learning by Giving Foundation
Jessica Kergo '19
Political Science

Honors student Jessica Kergo has landed great jobs and internships – including one with Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker. She also writes for The Connector student newspaper and advocates for mental health awareness.

There’s an emphasis on real-world experience at UMass Lowell. Those opportunities are what drew me here.
Read More About Jessica Kergo 
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Edwyn Shoemaker '14
Political Science

Edwyn Shoemaker hasn't had an easy road through life. But he’s taken the right steps for success in his education and wants to help others do the same.

I had to take control of my life...College was the one ticket out.
Read More About Edwyn Shoemaker 
Rick Violette UMass Lowell Political Science Alumnus
Rick Violette '75
Political Science

Rick Violette Jr. is forever grateful to the UMass Lowell faculty for incredible success in a field he is most passionate about.

My Political Science professors went out of their way to make sure I got the education I needed.
Read More About Rick Violette 
David Morton speaks at convocation
David Morton '20
Business Administration & Political Science

Whether it’s working to improve campus life as Student Government Association president or responding to an emergency call as a student EMT, David Morton has dedicated himself to making UML a better place.

I never thought I would be this happy at UMass Lowell, but it’s where I belonged.
Read More About David Morton