The Political Science major general program that focuses on the systematic study of political institutions and behavior. Includes instruction in political philosophy, political theory, comparative government and politics, political parties and interest groups, public opinion, political research methods, studies of the government and politics of specific countries, and studies of specific political institutions and processes.
Please consult the UMW Undergraduate Catalog for specific and up-to-date major requirements.
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Focus 2: A series of reliable, intuitive, career and education decision-making assessments to help students select a major, explore occupations, make informed career decisions, and take action in their career development.
Skills developed as a Political Science major (via Focus2): Decision making, listening, managing time, reading comprehension, reasoning, social perceptiveness, speaking, writing and authoring.
What Can I Do With This Major: Learn more about what you can do as a Political Science major! Some areas of career options are government, law, politics, international affairs, business, nonprofit, media, and education.
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Political Science Graduate Data
Note: Undergraduate outcome data is collected by the UMW Career Center each year. The data is then broken down by major in order to determine how many graduates in each major are employed, attending graduate school, or pursuing a different path within 6 months of graduation.
- “knowledge rate” defines the percent of graduates for which the institution has reasonable and verifiable information concerning the graduates’ post-graduation career activities
- “career outcome rate” is the number of graduates who have landed in any of the employment categories (full-time, part-time, internship) in addition to service, military, and continuing education divided by the total number of students for whom an outcome is known.
Political Science Alumni (2018-2022)
Total Graduates: 211
Knowledge Rate: 82%
Career Outcome Rate: 87%
- Employed Full-time: 54%
- Employed Part-time: 11%
- Grad School: 18%
- Military: 2%
- Seeking Employment: 9%
- Waiting on Grad School: 3%
- Volunteer Service: 2%
Where do our alumni land?
Alumni Success Stories
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