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.


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