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Department of Government

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Undergraduate Program Experience

Political Science is one of American University’s most popular majors. We offer our students extensive individual attention and a dynamic and rigorous curriculum. We heavily promote our academic side, offering in-depth learning from accomplished faculty, but we also encourage our students to undertake internships and study abroad. Indeed, our department contributed greatly to the university’s number one ranking in 2011 for student internships (US News and World Report). We really treat the entire city of Washington as an extension of our campus.

The department actually offers two undergraduate majors, Political Science and an Interdisciplinary Major in Communication, Legal Institutions, Economics and Government (CLEG). Students in Political Science select a concentration or specialization in one of six sub-fields, including: American Government, Comparative Politics, Gender Race and Politics, Law and Politics, Political Theory and Policy. CLEG majors are introduced to many complimentary concepts such as Justice, Law & the Constitution, Media & Politics, and Domestic Economic Policy. Through this Interdisciplinary program of study students learn about the interconnectedness of a range of issues in the social sciences.

Our students’ experiences inside and outside the classroom, and strong academic advising in an intimate learning environment, help students prepare for careers in public service, law, business, the media, and non-profit sectors. Among the most politically active students in the nation (Princeton Review), our majors live and breathe politics through a lively mix of public talks and lectures on campus. Students also benefit from activities of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, the Women & Politics Institute, and the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies, all directed by faculty based in the department.