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Political Science


“When the political columnists say 'Every thinking man' they mean themselves, and when candidates appeal to 'Every intelligent voter' they mean everybody who is going to vote for them.”~Franklin P. Adams (1881 - 1960), Nods and Becks (1944)

Why does government work the way it does?  What’s the difference between a blue state and a red state?  Why does tuition keep going up?  Who makes decisions about financial aid? Why isn’t the minimum wage higher? Why did 9/11 happen? Who decided to put speed cameras in my neighborhood?

 Do you have questions like these?  In political science you can get the answers!

Many students take political science classes because when they complete these classes they have a better understanding of the responsibilities and the rights of a citizen. It doesn’t matter whether you are planning to be a nurse, teacher or an accountant; what the government does affects you. Also, knowledge of political science and how the government works can help you understand how local, state and federal governments impact your community, career and family. Finally, political science courses are considered essential background for students considering careers in law, education, business, international studies, criminal justice and journalism.

Courses regularly taught on the Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus include


          • POLI 101: American Government (BSSD)

          • POLI 105: Introduction to Political Science (BSSD)

          • POLI 203: International Relations (BSSD[M])

          • POLI 206: Political Ideologies (BSSD [M])

          • POLI 211: Comparative Politics and Government (BSSD [M])

          • POLI 221: Western Political Thought (BSSD)

          • POLI 230: Introduction to International Conflict Resolution

          • POLI256 Politics of the Developing World (BSSD[M])


Courses designated with BSSD apply towards the Behavioral and Social Sciences General Education Distribution Requirement. Courses designated with M fulfill the General Education Global and Cultural Perspectives Requirement. For a complete description of these and other Political Science courses, please consult our online course catalog:


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