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Political Science

Welcome to the Department of Political Science

UMass Boston's Department of Political Science in the College of Liberal Arts offers majors and minors in political science, international relations, and public policy. Our political science students study political institutions, policies, and problems while working closely with faculty members in seminars and internships to hone their writing and critical thinking skills and advance their understandings of different political cultures, perspectives, and countries.

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About Our Department

The Department of Political Science offers a major in political science, a major in international relations, a minor in political science, a minor in international relations, and a minor in public policy. Politics touches on virtually every aspect of a person’s existence – from your local town hall to the United Nations. In Political Science we explore current affairs, historical studies, and theoretical approaches to formulate standards for judging the quality of political life and the performance of institutions. We are concerned with how societies are governed and the consequences for human welfare as they relate to various political structures, processes, and beliefs. We strive to contribute to a just, compassionate, and responsible political order and prepare our graduates for careers in politics and government, business and finance, law, international relations and many other fields.

Statement from the Political Science faculty on the unfolding tragedy in the Middle East:  

As scholars of politics at Boston’s only public, 4-year university, the Political Science department faculty at UMass Boston recognize the urgency of the moment in the Middle East and calls on the international community to ensure that all civilian lives in Israel/Palestine are protected, regardless of race, ethnicity, or religious practice. We condemn the killing of all civilians, the taking of hostages, and the targeting of homes, hospitals, schools, universities, and places of worship.  We call on the international community to stop the war on Gaza and provide a diplomatic and just solution to the ongoing conflict.  All people must be allowed live in peace and security in their homes, as well as have access to the basic necessities of life, including food, water, shelter, medicine, and freedom of movement.



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Department of Political Science
Wheatley Hall, 5th Floor, Room 0007  
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