B.A. in Political Science

Prepare to be a leader in today's constantly evolving and dynamic political arena. You'll be ready for work in a variety of fields including political and foreign service, politics, journalism, education, or to pursue advanced education in law.

Why Study Political Science at Rivier?

As a Political Science major, you’ll acquire the reading, research, analysis, and writing skills necessary to succeed in any profession that requires problem-solving and effective communication. Whether it is academia, government, legal practice, the media, or a variety of other fields and industries, you will gain the foundational skills to set you on the path to success.

Through the study of local, state, and national government as well as United States politics in a global context, you will develop a sophisticated understanding of the topics, issues, and politics of our times as well as their historical roots.

In this program you will:

  • Gain knowledge of different cultures, political systems, and international and regional organizations
  • Learn how the U.S. government operates and how voter participation influences governmental policy
  • Receive intensive preparation to help you launch a variety of in-demand careers

Through the study of political theory from ancient civilizations through modern times, you’ll become familiar with the ways in which various cultures have governed themselves and conducted relations with other nations. This greater awareness will enable you to function effectively in the “global village” that exists in today’s world. Through elective courses, you can focus on particular areas of interest to customize your learning for your career interests and goals.

Get Ready for the World

You’ll apply classroom learning in the field with a required internship. Our majors are encouraged to take on internships in a local, regional, or international political campaign, which is aided by New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation voting status. Internships not only provide valuable experience, but will also build your resume and professional network.

You can participate in the Model United Nations, a group that researches and discusses various countries and political issues in preparation for an annual conference held annually at Harvard University.

The Arts and Sciences are the foundation of success in today’s workplace. Learning how to listen, how to organize one’s thoughts, how to dissect an argument, solve a problem, and adapt to new situations are key learning outcomes.

Where Will Your Degree Take You?

Political Science graduates are prepared for a variety of dynamic careers in both public and private sectors.

Job Roles

  • Attorneys
  • Politicians
  • Government analysts or agents
  • Journalists or news correspondents
  • Political commentators
  • Legislative aides or lobbyists
  • Intelligence officers
  • Urban policy planners

Industries

  • Government
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • United States Agencies such as the Peace Corps
  • Homeland Security
  • Foreign Service
  • Law
  • Academica
  • Journalism and Media
  • Consulting

Graduate Studies

Alumni of our program are well-prepared to pursue graduate studies in law, business, international relations, and a variety of other fields.

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