They say all politics is local. At Simmons, that's actually true.

When you study political science here you'll learn from experts in the classroom — like our Warburg Chair in International Relations — and intern for local and national politicians, government agencies and advocacy groups just a short walk or T ride from campus.

Our events are leadership focused, attracting visionaries like Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Gloria Steinem. And you'll find your own political voice on a campus committed to social justice, political awareness and activism.

Our students are analytical and creative, developing a keen understanding of government institutions, the processes of decision making and public policy. Many take advantage of our 3+1 program, earning their undergraduate and graduate degree from Simmons in just 4 years. They go on to rewarding careers in government, business, teaching, journalism and diplomacy.
Program Requirements

All majors are required to take introductory courses in each of the four subfields of political science:

  • POLS 101 Introduction to American Politics
  • POLS 102 Introduction to International Politics
  • POLS 103 The Nature of Politics
  • POLS 104 Introduction to Comparative Politics

Students must also take four POLS electives and the senior seminar in political science.

The College degree requirement of eight semester hours of independent learning may be met by a combination of the following:

  • POLS 350 Independent Study
  • POLS 355 Thesis
  • POLS 370 Internship (eight credit hours)
  • POLS 380 Field Work
  • POLS 390 Seminar

The independent study requirement may also be met with one course from another department. With the exception of a seminar, these eight semester hours are in addition to the 36 semester hours required in the political science major.

Please use our Political Science Major Tracking Form to chart your progress.

Double Majors

Many Simmons political science majors choose to combine political science with another major, most commonly with economics, international relations, history, education, a foreign language, psychology, English, sociology, management, or communications. Students have also combined political science with many other courses of study, including pre-med, accounting, and music. We encourage double majors and deliberately have kept the requirements for political science majors flexible to accommodate them. Please note, however, that double majors are expected to fulfill all the departmental requirements in political science. If you choose to major in Political Science, you must take the department's senior seminar during the fall semester of your senior year.

Minor Requirements

A political science minor consists of three 100-level courses and two courses at the 200 level or above. 

Customize Your Program

Your advisor will help you tailor a program of study that fits your interests and career goals — which may include a dual major, accelerated program, or complementary minor.

A minor in political science is also available. The minor consists of three 100-level courses and two courses at the 200 level or above.

Internships and Research
Internships are a key component of the political science program. In Boston there are countless opportunities to build your skills, resume and networking relationships with organizations in the city and beyond. Many of our students take advantage of the Barbara Lee Family Foundation Intern Fellowship Program, whose mission is to move women into the political sphere.
    Denise Horn
    • Denise Horn
    • Associate Professor & Chair, Political Science & International Relations
    • Phone: 617-521-2586
    • Office: E203D
    Abel Amado
    • Abel Djassi Amado
    • Assistant Professor, Political Science & International Relations
    • Phone: 617-521-2589
    • Office: E203A
    Kirk Beattie
    William Mark Bellamy
    • William Bellamy
    • Warburg Professor of Int'l Relations and Political Science
    • Phone: 617-521-2572
    • Office: E203C
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