Political Science

Students earning their Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at Simmons develop a keen understanding of government institutions, the processes of decision making, and public policy.

Students talking together

Political Science students have many opportunities to learn from experts in the classroom—like our Warburg Chair in International Relations—and to attend leadership-focused events with visionaries like Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Gloria Steinem. Students also intern for local and national politicians, government agencies, and advocacy groups here in Boston—all just a short walk or T ride from campus.

Successful Political Science students are analytical, passionate, and determined. Many take advantage of our 3+1 Public Policy Program—combining a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a Master of Arts in Public Policy—enabling them to earn their undergraduate and graduate degree from Simmons in just 4 years. Graduates of our Political Science program go on to rewarding careers in government, business, teaching, journalism, and diplomacy.

Political Science is also available as a minor.

Why study Political Science?

Politics implicitly affect every aspect of our daily lives. If you’re interested in international affairs, public policy, terrorism, the environment, and/or civil rights, studying political science will quench your thirst for information. Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts in Political Science program at Simmons have the breadth and depth of knowledge required to analyze what shapes the political landscape in the United States and around the globe—yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Best of all? They have the confidence to speak up for what they believe in, striving to make changes to make the world a better place.

What will you learn?

The BA in Political Science program consists of thirty-six (36) credit hours plus eight (8) hours of independent study. Courses in the political science major include:

Politics in the Republic: Congress and the Presidency

This course examines decision-making in American politics at the national level, focusing on the internal operational dynamics and structural environment of the Congress, patterns of presidential decision-making and leadership, and the relationship between the legislative and executive branches of the government.

Comparative Foreign Policy

In this course, foreign policy of various countries in Asia, Europe, Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and North America is discussed. The class focuses on leaders and their world views; bureaucracies, size of a state, national culture, and type of regime; rising significance of NGOs, and International Organizations.

Feminism and Capitalism

This class delves into the connections between feminism and capitalism. Students ask and answer questions like: in what ways do feminist politics perpetuate capitalism, and how do they offer possibilities for critical resistance to it?

View all the Political Science course descriptions. See below for more information on program requirements.

What can you do with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science?

The most obvious career choice for graduates with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science is to become a political scientist. These professionals study the origins and structure of government and political systems and seek pragmatic and theoretical solutions to political quandaries. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for political scientists was $115,110 in May 2017.

Other career paths for BA in Political Science degree holders include:

  • Policy Analyst
  • Legislative Assistant
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Political Consultant
  • Government Affairs Directors

Find out more about our Bachelor of Arts in Political Science program!

When you pursue your Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at Simmons, you find your political voice on a campus committed to social justice, political awareness, and activism at Simmons. Visit the Political Science & International Relations Department page to learn more. You can also request more information, schedule a campus tour, or find out how to apply today!;

Major requires 36-40 credit hours.

Recommended Courses

ECON 100 Principles of Microeconomics

4

ECON 101 Principles of Macroeconomics

4

Plus one/or both
STAT 118 Introductory Statistics

 

STAT 227 Intermediate Statistics: Design & Analysis

4

A student who has received a 4 or 5 on AP exams in American Government and/or Comparative Politics has fulfilled the introductory course requirement for POLS 101 and/or POLS 104, respectively. Transferred AP credits on either, or both, exam(s) may be counted toward a Political Science major.

All majors are required to take introductory courses in each of the four subfields of Political Science:

 
POLS101 Introduction to American Politics 4
POLS102 Introduction to International Politics 4
POLS103 The Nature of Politics 4
POLS104 Introduction to Comparative Politics 4

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

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.

Spotlight on Political Science Students and Alums

Headshots of the 2024 Senior Scholar Award winners

Congratulations to the 2024 Senior Scholars

The annual Senior Scholar Award is sponsored by the Provost's Office and the Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships. The award recognizes six graduating seniors for their outstanding scholarship and contribution to a field of study.


Bart Brown ’24, Gia Elie ’24, Sunei Clarke ’24, and Sunday Ntoto ’24 of the Black Student Organization host the Cupcake Tabling event at Common Grounds on February 1, 2023

Black Student Organization Honors Black History Month with Food, Festivities, and Intergenerational Community

Throughout Black History Month, all students are welcome to express their solidarity with Simmons’ Black community over cupcakes, soul food, music, and dancing. We spoke with BSO’s Soul President Gia Elie ’24, Soul Vice President Sunei Clarke ’24, and Soul of Communications Bartianna Brown ’24 about their passion for Black history and co-curating events that celebrate their culture.


A photo composite of the nine students in the Passionate Leaders Project 2023 cohort

Simmons Announces Passionate Leaders Project Scholars for Fall 2023

The Passionate Leaders Project supports Simmons undergraduates by enriching their academic & professional interests beyond the classroom. Students may request up to $4,000 to support their research, internships, and creative endeavors. This semester’s students produced research related to human rights, documentary film, healthcare access, therapeutic care databases, the neurodevelopment of fruit flies, Muslims’ experiences with healthcare in Boston, and software that supports Simmons’ food pantry.


Gia Lebrun ’24

Gia Lebrun ’24 Shares her Perspective as a First-Generation Student at Simmons

We asked first-generation student Gia Lebrun ’24 about her perspective on the college experience and what advice she would give to prospective first-generation students.


National Period Day 2019 in Boston from the Massachusetts Menstrual Equity Coalition website

Researcher-Activist Katarina Sousa ’24 Promotes Menstrual Equity in Massachusetts

Menstrual equity is an under-discussed and under-researched topic within academia, politics, and the general populace. Katarina Sousa ’24 is breaking the silence with her groundbreaking research and activism in Massachusetts.


Photo of Emily Mills standing by the Red Sox dugout at Fenway Park with a view of the field behind her

Emily Mills ’19 Shares the Transformative Power of a Pell Grant

Emily Mills ’19 shares how receiving a Pell grant impacted her experience as a first generation college student.


Photos of the six award winners

Undergraduate Recipients of 2023 Senior Scholar Award

Six seniors across the University have been selected as recipients of the 2023 Senior Scholar Award, in recognition of outstanding scholarship and contribution to a field of study.


Passionate Leaders Project Students Spring 2023

Passionate Leaders Project: Spring 2023 Cohort

The Passionate Leaders Project (PLP) supports Simmons undergraduates by enriching their academic and professional interests beyond the confines of the classroom. Students may request up to $4,000 to support their research, internships, and creative endeavors. This semester's cohort is producing...