Political Science

Course Information

Program Overview


When you study political science at Assumption College you learn both the theory and practice of politics and develop an understanding and appreciation for classical and modern political traditions. Not only does this engaging course of study help you prepare for a career in fields such as business, government service, international affairs, journalism, law and teaching but also prepares you to contribute to the American political system.

Assumption's strong liberal arts program provides you with courses that broaden your studies and enhances your critical thinking, research and communication skills.

Major in Political Science

A major in political science will cover significant topics: American National Government, American Public Policy and Administration, Major Foreign States, Political Philosophy and International Politics. Political science majors complete 11 courses, including a senior research seminar, for a total of 33 credits.

Minor in Political Science

Students minoring in political science take 6 political science courses for a total of 18 credits. Students planning to minor in political science should consult a department advisor.

Minor in LEX: Law, Ethics and Constitutional Studies

Jointly sponsored by the Departments of Political Science and Philosophy, the LEX minor engages the law, ethics and constitutionalism through those thinkers and texts whose political, philosophical, and legal reflections have shaped the Western intellectual tradition. This minor is designed for those who want to acquire the liberal arts skills essential to professional and personal excellence, as well as to all those who aspire to thoughtful citizenship. This minor consists of 7 courses.


Many students interested in political science also take advantage of Assumption's pre-law program, which offers individualized guidance that helps prepare students to apply to law school. In addition Assumption has partnerships with three law schools that may enable you to complete your undergraduate coursework in 3 years and go immediately to law school.