Join faculty and students from throughout the country who come to Washington to learn, reflect, and engage the world of politics, in a community of lively exchange and mutual respect. Students are challenged in the classroom, and apply what they learn through political internships, campus activities, and immersion in the political and cultural life of Washington.

The Department of Politics reflects our appreciation of the cultural, historical, ethical, and theoretical foundations of political order. While actively engaging the methods and issues of social science, the department recognizes that the complexity of political life and values cannot be reduced to science alone.

Rather, courses also address the dignity of the person and the rich web of social life, consistent with the Catholic tradition that gave birth to the University. This is also reflected in the sense of community among students and with the professors. Faculty are actively engaged in research and the department boasts a distinguished Ph.D. program, yet undergraduates enjoy small classes and accessible professors.

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    Internships are highly popular among our students, and opportunities abound in D.C.

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    The Department of Politics offers programs leading to the degrees of Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, and Doctor of Philosophy in politics.

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